Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
Matilda faces incredible odds with neglectful parents and a cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. The only person who sees her and her gifted personality is her lovable teacher, Miss Honey. Using her extraordinary imagination and psychokinetic powers, Matilda overcomes every obstacle and teaches classmates and grown-ups alike to stand up for themselves and find their magic within. Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is a delight for all ages.
Note: This production uses haze and a strobe effect.
Please join us in the West Lobby 30 minutes prior to each curtain for a pre-show talk presented by Playhouse staff.
ADDED SHOWS: 7:30 PM, Friday, July 29; 7:30 PM, Saturday, July 30; 2:00 PM, Sunday, July 31
For those with young children, the 60-minute version of Matilda The Musical may be a better fit. Click here to learn more about The Playhouse Performance Academy production of Matilda Jr.
Matilda Extraordinary Stories Contest
Every day, children in our community inspire those around them with their resilience and imagination. The Des Moines Playhouse is looking for children who changed their story. Whether big or small, we want to hear the extraordinary stories they have to share. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s Matilda The musical, this contest is open for nominations of any person 18 years old or younger. Click here to read more and to nominate a young person in your life.
Matilda Book Drive
To celebrate Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical and the magic of reading, The Des Moines Playhouse is teaming up with the Des Moines Public Library’s outreach and Rosie programs for a book drive. Bring new or gently used books to The Playhouse to be distributed around the community. The library is looking for books at all reading levels – board books, picture storybooks, early readers, chapter books, young adult, and adult. Books can be donated from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, on weekdays in the ticket office, or during performances of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, July 8-24, 2022.
Our safety guide has been updated and reflects these main changes: The Playhouse no longer requires masks to attend a performance. However, masks are welcomed! If it makes you more comfortable, please feel free to wear a mask. We understand that individual healthcare is a matter of personal practices and choices.
We do ask that:
- if you are feeling sick, or
- have a positive test, or
- have had exposure to someone who has COVID
please call the ticket office and reschedule your performance. Our refund and exchange policy remains in effect: You have up to 7 days following your performance date to request an exchange or refund.
Please note: The Playhouse remains committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for volunteers and guests. Should circumstances change once again, mask mandates return, or the CDC alters their recommendations, we will follow the most stringent guidelines. Click here to read our changes as of Mar. 2, 2022.
Note: Streaming and video-on-demand rights are not available for Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. This show will be in-person only.
- Performance Times:
- 7:30 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays & 2:00 PM Sundays
- John Viars Theatre
- Run Time:
- 2 hours 30 minutes including a 15-minute intermission
- Content Advisory:
- The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515.277.6261.
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