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David Leonard & Annette McLaughlin take over in Matilda

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David Leonard will take over the role of Miss Trunchbull in the RSC's multi-award-winning production of Matilda the Musical from 3 July. Bertie Carvel, who created the character, will appear for the last time in the role at the Cambridge Theatre on 1 July. Leonard was seen in the West End most recently playing Robert Lyon in The Pitmen Painters.

Also announced was the casting of Annette McLaughlin as Mrs Wormhood, the role created by Josie Walker. McLaughlin, who appeared in David Edgar's Written on the Heart at the RSC's Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, and then in the show's shortlived West End transfer, will join the Matilda company from 21 August.

The actors join Haley Flaherty and Steve Furst who recently took over as Miss Honey and Mr Wormwood. Currently sharing the title role are Cleo Demetriou, Eleanor Worthington Cox, Isobelle Molloy and Jade Marner. Along with the other two original Matildas, Kerry Ingram and Sophia Kiely, Demetriou and Worthington Cox won this year's Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Hayley Canham will also join the company in the role of Matilda full-time from mid-August.


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