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RSC’s Matilda the Musical offer amazing FREE teacher resources to use in the classroom pre and post-visit.

The Royal Shakespeare Company have created free online resources to give schools insights into the process of staging this award-winning musical.

Matilda The Musical is the perfect treat for students of all ages and is a fantastic introduction to theatre. It is particularly suitable for students of English, Drama & Theatre Studies and has strong curriculum links to Literacy, PSHE and SEAL.

For teachers and students they have created a new online resource to give schools insights into the process of staging this award-winning musical. As well as teacher notes full of ideas for how to prepare your students for seeing the production, it also offers a programme of work which aims to give young people the inspiration, confidence and skills to develop their own writing. These free teaching resources contain filmed interviews with the show’s creators, Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin, together with comprehensive teacher notes for use in the classroom.

About RSC’s Matilda the Musical

RSC’s Matilda the Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl.

With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Winner of 99 international awards, including 24 for Best Musical, Matilda has been playing at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End for over a decade, where it continues to delight audiences of all ages.

Find out more about taking a school trip to RSC’s Matilda the Musical.

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What the Press think of the show

‘EASILY THE STANDOUT MUSICAL OF THE DECADE.
Heart-tugging and inexpressibly moving. The audience are sent out of the theatre glowing with emotion.’

The Sunday Times

‘AN EVENING OF UNADULTERATED BLISS.
Writer Dennis Kelly and composer and lyricist Tim Minchin go to the top of the class with this anarchically joyous, gleefully nasty and ingenious musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story.’

The Guardian

UTTERLY EXHILARATING.
Matthew Warchus’s colourful riot of a production achieves an even dizzier balance between gleeful, grotesque, fun and heart-tugging poignancy, brilliantly drilled dynamism and warm, unforced charm.’

The Independent

‘THE QUEST FOR A GREAT NEW MUSICAL IS OVER.’

Evening Standard

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RSC’s Matilda the Musical’s Teacher Resources

Split into 5 sections, RSC’s Matilda the Musical’s educational resources includes videos, activities and teacher packs. To get the most out of these resources we suggest you initially navigate the resources in the order of Character, Plot, Music and Lyrics, Dialogue, Rewriting.

Use these versatile resources as an introduction for students in Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Activities are also suitable for more advanced study with GSCE and A-Level students.

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Character Teaching Resources

Inspired by Matilda The Musical, these resources give schools insight into the process of staging this award-winning musical.

With teacher packs, films and online activities, this programme of work aims to give young people the inspiration, confidence, and skills to develop their writing.

In writing Matilda The Musical Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin created new characters, stories, and songs into Roald Dahl’s novel of Matilda.

In this resource, the films give insights into how the musical was created and show how the storylines differ between the novel and musical. Dennis, Tim and Lauren, the original Miss Honey, also talk about how they brought these characters to life for the stage.

The teacher resource pack gives activities to start students off on the scriptwriting journey. Students have a chance to start creating characters for their scripts and songs by taking a spin on the character generator.

Use this versatile resource as an introduction for students in Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Activities are also suitable for more advanced study with GSCE and A-Level students.

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Character Education Video – Dennis Kelly

Use this free resource video to explore how the musical was created and discover how the storylines differ between the novel and the musical. Learn how Dennis Kelly brought these characters to life for the stage.

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Character Education Video – Tim Minchin

Use this free resource video to explore how the musical was created and learn how the storylines differ between the novel and the musical. Discover how Tim Minchin brought these characters to life for the stage.

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Character Education Video – Lauren Ward

Use this free resource video to discover how Lauren Ward brought Miss Honey to life for the stage.

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Character Education Video – Dennis Kelly & Tim Minchin

Use this free resource video to explore how Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin brought this story to life for the stage.

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Character Resource Teacher’s Pack

Use this free teacher’s resource packs activities to start students off on their script writing journey. Plus students will have the chance to start creating characters for their scripts and songs by taking a spin on the character generator.

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Plot Teaching Resources

Inspired by Matilda The Musical, these resources give schools insight into the process of staging this award-winning musical.

With teacher packs, films and online activities, this programme of work aims to give young people the inspiration, confidence, and skills to develop their writing.

How a story is told on stage is very different from a story in a book. In this resource, Dennis and Tim share their ideas on how to create good plots for musicals and where they get their ideas from.

The teacher resource pack gives activities for starting to create plot structure around characters. Students can see plots in action by playing on the ‘plot-o-meter’ and deciding for themselves the best ingredients for a good scene.

Use this versatile resource as an introduction for students in Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Activities are also suitable for more advanced study with GSCE and A-Level students.

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Plot Education Video – Dennis Kelly

Use this free resource video to explore how a story is told on stage is very different from a story in a book. Dennis Kelly shares his ideas on how to create good plots for musicals and where he got his ideas from.

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Plot Education Video – Tim Minchin

Use this free resource video where Tim Minchin shares his ideas on how to create good plots for musicals and where he got his ideas from.

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Plot Teacher Resource Pack

Use this free teacher resource pack giving activities for starting to create plot structure around characters. Plus students can see plots in action by playing on the plot-o-meter and deciding for themselves the best ingredients for a good scene.

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Music and Lyrics Teaching Resources

Inspired by Matilda The Musical, these resources give schools insight into the process of staging this award-winning musical.

With teacher packs, films and online activities, this programme of work aims to give young people the inspiration, confidence, and skills to develop their writing.

Tim Minchin talks about how he creates music and lyrics for his songs. In this resource, students can experiment with sound buttons to inspire ideas for their own songwriting.

Use this versatile resource as an introduction for students in Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Activities are also suitable for more advanced study with GSCE and A-Level students.

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Music and Lyrics Educational Video – Tim Minchin

Use this free resource video to explore how the musical was created. Discover how Tim Minchin creates music and lyrics for his songs.

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Music and Lyrics Education Activity Video

Use this free resource activity video to explore hands-on activities for students to learn more about music and lyrics.

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Music and Lyrics Teacher Resource Pack

Use this free teacher resource pack giving activities to inspire and start students off on their song writing journey. Plus students have a chance to experiment with sound buttons.

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Dialogue Teaching Resources

Inspired by Matilda The Musical, these resources give schools insight into the process of staging this award-winning musical.

With teacher packs, films and online activities, this programme of work aims to give young people the inspiration, confidence, and skills to develop their writing.

Finding the words for your characters is the next step. In this resource, Dennis Kelly talks through some of his ideas for starting the dialogue. There are also lots of practical exercises in the Teachers’ Resources to get students writing.

Use this versatile resource as an introduction for students in Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Activities are also suitable for more advanced study with GSCE and A-Level students.

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Dialogue Educational Video – Dennis Kelly

Use this free resource video to explore how finding the words for your characters is the next step. In this educational video Dennis Kelly talks through some of his ideas for starting dialogue.

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Dialogue Teaching resource

Use this free teaching resource where Dennis Kelly talks through some of his ideas for starting the dialogue. Plus it includes lots of practical exercises to get students writing.

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Rewriting Teaching Resources

Inspired by Matilda The Musical, these resources give schools insight into the process of staging this award-winning musical.

With teacher packs, films and online activities, this programme of work aims to give young people the inspiration, confidence, and skills to develop their writing.

Rewriting is an essential step in the writing process. In this resource, Dennis Kelly explains how he approaches rewrites and you can see for yourself the changes that happened in the script of Matilda The Musical.

Use this versatile resource as an introduction for students in Upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. Activities are also suitable for more advanced study with GSCE and A-Level students.

View all Rewriting Resources

Rewriting Educational Video – Dennis Kelly

Use this free video to explore how the musical was created and learn how the storylines differ between the novel and the musical. Dennis Kelly talks about why rewriting is an essential step in the writing process and explains how he approaches rewrites.

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Rewriting Educational Video – Lauren Ward

Use this free video to explore Lauren Ward talking about why rewriting is so important from an actors point of view and how she approaches it.

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Advice to Writers Educational Video

Use this free video to explore Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin providing useful advice on how to write the best you can, from writing about what you know and enjoy to believing in yourself.

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Rewriting Teaching Resource Pack

This free teaching resource has been designed to support and enrich students’ writing experience in school. Through a selection of practical games and activities, students will build up an authentic experience of the editing process from the perspective of a writer preparing a script for rehearsal room to stage.

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Summary

RSC’s Matilda the Musical’s free teaching resources provide you and your students with free teaching videos and activities for English, Drama & Theatre Studies and has strong curriculum links to Literacy, PSHE and SEAL.

The resources can be used before, during and after a school trip to the show – helping your students learn more about the characters, writing process and music.

RSC’s Matilda the Musical is playing at Cambridge Theatre in the heart of London’s West End.

This Roald Dahl adaptation stage musical makes a brilliant English or Music school trip. In addition, schools can take advantage of their school group rate are just £25 for groups of 10+. 1 teacher also goes free for every 10 students.

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