Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical: Netflix UK release date, cast, plot, trailer and all about the movie adaptation

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical arrives in cinemas and Netflix towards the end of 2022.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical arrives in cinemas and Netflix towards the end of 2022. (Image credit: Way to Blue)

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical has turned the successful West End and Broadway stage show into a movie for cinema screens then arrives on Netflix

The hit stage musical, which is based on Roald Dahl’s best-selling children's book "Matilda" and features music by comedian Tim Minchin, is being brought to life with an impressive cast, including Emma Thompson who is transformed into hideous headmistress Miss Trunchbull. 

Fans of both the Roald Dahl book and the musical will be delighted to see this new retelling, with youngster Alisha Weir playing Matilda, an extraordinarily clever girl with special powers, with Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough playing her truly terrible parents. No Time to Die star Lashana Lynch plays Matilda’s kind and inspiring teacher Miss Honey. 

Directed by Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus (Matilda The Musical), the film is produced by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title, Jon Finn (Billy Elliot), and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company. Screenwriter Dennis Kelly adapts the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production for the big screen, with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

So here’s everything you need to know about the musical spectacular coming to cinemas and Netflix…. 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical release date

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will launch on Netflix in the UK on Sunday June 25 2023. The movie premiered at London's BFI film festival on October 5 2022 and afterwards had a November 25 2022 release in UK cinemas only, and December 9 in the US. Following that select run in theaters the movie arrived on Netflix in the US on December 25 2022.

Is there a trailer for Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical?

Yes two trailers have now been released for Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical and it looks incredible. You can check out both below...

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical plot 

The story of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical focuses on Matilda Wormwood (played by Alisha Weir), a young genius who is obsessed with reading. She is the long-suffering child of the worst parents in the world, played by Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough, who have set parenting aside to focus on trashy TV and dodgy money-making schemes. 

Matilda is determined that they should atone for their selfishness and conjures up small acts of rebellion and revenge but when she joins Crunchem Hall school she realises she also has to contend with the ominous bully, headmistress Miss Trunchbull. 

But, with the help of her kindly teacher Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), Matilda discovers her special superpowers. Unstoppable at last, she is determined to make a stand for justice and teach Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson) a lesson she’ll never forget. 

 As well as kind Miss Honey, the bright lights among the meanness are story-loving librarian, Mrs. Phelps (Sindhu Vee), and Matilda’s newfound school friends. Filled with an overwhelming sense of justice, Matilda dares to take a stand for what is right and teach Trunchbull a lesson she won’t forget. 

Dad with green hair... Stephen Graham.

Oh no! Dad with green hair... Stephen Graham. (Image credit: Way to Blue)

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical stars Lashana Lych and Aleisha Weir..

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical stars Lashana Lych and Aleisha Weir.. (Image credit: Sony)

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical cast — Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull 

Emma Thompson will definitely give a punchy performance as Miss Trunchbull in Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical. She is acting royalty after all and has countless TV and movie hits to her name. She is starring in Agatha Christie mystery Why Didn’t They Ask Evans and played The Baroness in last year’s Cruella movie. She played Vivienne Rock in the TV series Years and Years and has starred in Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, Saving Mr Banks, The Remains of the Day, Bridget Jones’s Baby, the Harry Potter movie series and Nanny McPhee. She’s also lent her voice to animations such as Brave and Beauty and the Beast.  

Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull.

Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull. (Image credit: Sony Pictures)

Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough as Mr and Mrs Wormwood 

Stephen Graham plays Matilda's father Mr Wormwood in Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical. Stephen is also a TV and film heavyweight and has starred in hits such as Line of Duty, This Is England, Snatch and Care. He’s been in the TV series Time, Code 404, Save Me, White House Farm and The Virtues and films such as Boiling Point, The Irishman, Rocketman and Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Andrea Riseborough plays his wife and Matilda's mother Mrs Wormwood Andrea played former PM Margaret Thatcher in the TV movie Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley and has starred in series such as The Devil’s Whore, Bloodline, National Treasure, Waco and ZeroZeroZero

Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham starred in Line Of Duty. (Image credit: Sky UK Limited)

Who else is starring in Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical? 

Youngster Alisha Weir leads the cast as Matilda. She played Laura in the series Darklands. Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel, No Time to Die) plays her lovely teacher Miss Honey. Starstruck star Sindhu Vee plays librarian Mrs Phelps. 

Matilda — the 1996 film 

Road Dahl's novel was made into a film in 1996 starring Danny DeVito as Mr Wormwood. Matilda the movie starred Pam Ferris as Miss Trunchbull, Rhea Perlman as Mrs Wormwood and Mara Wilson as Matilda. Embeth Davidtz played Miss Honey. 

Mara Wilson in 1996 movie Matilda.

Mara Wilson in 1996 movie Matilda. (Image credit: Tristar)

More about Roald Dahl's book Matilda

The book "Matilda" by Roald Dahl was released in 1988, with illustrations by Quentin Blake. Roald Dahl, the grandfather of model and author Sophie Dahl, also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, The BFG, James and The Giant Peach and several other classics, many of which have also been adapted for the screen. 

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