Thursday, July 19 @ 7:30pm
Friday, July 20 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, July 21 @ 2:00pm
Sunday, July 22 @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Thursday, July 26 @ 7:30pm
Friday, July 27 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 2:00pm
Sunday, July 29 @ 2:00pm
Book by Dennis Kelly (Tony® Award Winner – Best Book of a Musical)
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin
Orchestrations and additional music by Chris Nightingale
The 17th Annual Summer Family Musical
Straight from Broadway to the Bluegrass, we are THRILLED to announce that Lexington Children’s Theatre will be producing Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical as our 80th season opener and our 17th annual Summer Family Musical! LCT will be one of the first regional companies in the country to produce this incredible show.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you unlocked the power inside of you? When Matilda has enough of her preoccupied parents, her horrible headmistress, and her seemingly doomed destiny– she decides it’s time to take matters into her own… imagination! Join Matilda, Miss Honey, Bruce, Lavender, and the Trunchbull on this rebellious romp through the wacky and wild world of Roald Dahl in the regional premiere of this magical musical. So, grab a big book and an even BIGGER piece of chocolate cake as we boogie our way through this incredible story that celebrates what it means to be Y-O-U!
Best enjoyed by ages 6 and up
Performed on the LCT Main Stage
You’ll like this play if you like stories about: strong female characters, Roald Dahl, musicals, magic, friendship, overcoming adversity
Approximately 2.5 hours long with a 15-minute intermission
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Things to Know Before You Go
About the Summer Family Musical
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is our 17th Annual Summer Family Musical, and as such it is the only full-length musical on our season. It is quite a bit longer than our other plays, running at about two and a half hours with a fifteen-minute intermission.
About your trip to the theatre
Places to park include metered parking surrounding the theatre and the parking garage on the corner of Broadway and Short Street. LCT unfortunately cannot validate garage parking.
To offset the heat generated by stage lighting, the Main Stage theatre can get pretty cold. It’s a good idea to bring a sweater with you!
It’s also a good idea to bring some cash. You might need to pay for parking, and we will have concessions for sale in the lobby if you want a snack during intermission.
For more on planning your visit to LCT, click here.
About Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical
The script for Matilda the Musical does include some mild language in the single use of the British slang phrase “bloody hell,” as well as Mr. Wormwood’s frequent use of the word “stupid” and some PG discussion of a baby being born. Most of the language occurs in the first number of the musical – look up “Matilda the Musical: Miracle” online if you want to listen to it before you come see the show.
Agatha Trunchbull is the villain of our story and can be quite scary. If your young person is easily frightened, you are welcome to watch the show on the monitor in our lobby until you’re ready to go back in! In keeping with British pantomime tradition, Headmistress Trunchbull is also played by a male performer.
For patrons with sensory sensitivities, be aware that the Trunchbull’s gym whistle is quite loud, and there are moments throughout the show where bright lights shine directly into the audience.
This play is a great way to spark conversations about topics like bullying (how to recognize it and how to stand up to it), what true family is, friendship, and knowing that you have the power to change your story. We hope LCT can help your family have these important discussions together!
We love this story because it’s a story about love, courage, and empowerment as Matilda, Miss Honey, and the students learn to stand up for themselves and change their lives and their school for the better. We love this story because it is full of fun and magical moments (we hope you’ll leave saying “how did they DO that?”), but it is also a story that does not shy away from the difficult moments that are also a part of life. And we love this story because it celebrates how “even if you’re little you can do a lot” – because everyone has the power to change their story! We can’t wait to share it with you!