"She had begun to imagine the most incredible tales, entire universes inside her head. Stories, stories! I'm a sucker for a good story..." Welcome to the magical world of Matilda, the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. Her parents think she is a nuisance and she thinks, quite rightly, they are only interested in watching telly. And when they are not glued to the box, her mum spends all her time practising ballroom dancing while her dad sells dodgy cars to half the town. Life is not much better at school, where the monstrous headmistress Miss Trunchbull terrifies students and teachers alike. Then one day Matilda discovers she has a very special power and decides it's time the grown ups were taught a lesson. Be warned, the children are revolting... Roald Dahl's novel, loved by generations of readers young and old, has been adapted in a hilarious new version by Dennis Kelly with some frankly silly songs by composer and comedian Tim Minchin.
The Courtyard Theatre is a temporary 1,048 seat thrust stage theatre building in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. It has been built to host performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company whilst the company's main building is closed for redevelopment, and is used as a 'test bed' for the new design of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the company's main theatre. Its foyer reuses the buildings of the former The Other Place theatre.
It was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects and opened in July 2006. Productions hosted here include the 2007 revival of This England: The Histories and the 2008 Hamlet and Love's Labours Lost starring David Tennant. It is due to close and be demolished in 2010, when work on the RST is completed.