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Matilda Jr - The Electric Theatre Guildford

From Thursday 15 February Until Saturday 17 February 2024

Rebellion is nigh in Matilda JR., a gleefully witty ode to the the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination! This story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the "revolting children" who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson.

Matilda has astonishing wit, intelligence... and special powers! She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda JR. is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.


Showdown’s Josie Proto tops the charts
workshop with Gabriel Mokake from the original West End cast of Hamilton

Showdown’s Josie Proto tops the charts! 19 year old Josie’s debut EP has hit number one in the iTunes UK Pop charts, what an amazing achievement! Check out ‘Pub Songs Vol 1’ on all platforms now! Congratulations Josie!

Feb 2019 - Off he goes to the next round of The Voice UK!! What a rollercoaster and what a performance!
One more step to the live shows, great work Jimmy, you can do it! #TeamOlly


Feb 2019 - We're so excited for our workshop with Gabriel Mokake from the original West End cast of Hamilton!



Jan 2019 - Break a leg to Dustin Conrad who is making his West End debut tonight, musically directing and playing keys for 9 to 5 the Musical at The Savoy Theatre. Go Dustin, you’re the best, we can’t wait to see it!


Showdown's Jessica-Alice McCluskey has her professional debut in London's West End in 'Stepping Out'



Showdown's Jessica-Alice McCluskey has her professional debut in London's West End in 'Stepping Out' alongside Sandra Marvin, Natalie Casey, Anna-Jane Casey, Amanda Holden, Tracey-Ann Oberman, Nicola Stephenson, Judith Barker and Lesley Vickeridge.

Watch the press night interview here!




Did you catch Showdown's Daniel Purves in the Surrey Ad speaking about his role in Lyric Hammersmith's Bugsy Malone the Show?  Well done Dan!


West End fame for Showdown Boy...


Showdown are thrilled that one of their students Jake Ibelo has been cast in the lead role of Bruce in hit West End show Matilda the musical, Jake has been training with Showdown for two years and landed the role after auditioning before Christmas.  He will move to London whilst he is in the Show, he and his family are so thrilled and excited, as are we, we can’t wait to watch the show very soon!




Showdown hit NYC!


Showdown members were thrilled on their trip to USA to have dinner with star of film and Broadway ‘Tracie Thoms’.  Tracie, who starred in RENT both on stage and in the film, spent an evening with our cast, giving tips on characters for our next production of RENT, answering questions, taking photo’s and just generally having fun in NYC.  We can not thank her enough for taking the time out of her busy schedule and we all wish her the best of luck in her next project ‘Stick Fly’ on Broadway.  Showdown loves Tracie!! 

Showdown head for the States!

Showdown are thrilled to announce that they will be taking 10 students to Baltimore this November to train at The Baltimore School for the Arts and workshop the show that both academies will perform together in the UK during May 2012. The students who have been selected to return the exchange program this year are beside themselves with excitement as well as all the Showdown membership who are looking forward to being offered the opportunity in the coming years. Showdown can not thank ‘Hip Productions’ and the Gavan family enough for the sponsorship donations they have made to enable to the students to fund the trip, we can’t wait to tell you all more about the experience, watch this space!



Showdown goes International...


Showdown Theatre Arts have waved goodbye to their new friends from Baltimore School For the Arts this week after spending 8 days together rehearsing and performing ‘The Exonerated’ based on the true story of 6 innocent people sent to Death Row, the show received great reviews from audiences and the individual performances from the cast aged 15-19 were outstanding.  The whole project has proven what talent both academies have and they are training the future of British and American theatre.  The exchange programme has gone so well and had such an impact on both casts that Showdown have now been confirmed as the permanent British partners for this event, not only does this mean they can offer this opportunity to young people in Surrey and West Sussex every year, UK casts will also be returning to Baltimore to perform out there, principal Carli Jones says ‘During the week I witnessed this experience have a huge impact on these young individuals, not only as performers but as people, they created friendships for life and they will share those memories forever.  Experiencing each other cultures and rehearsing in this intensive format is a real taste of the focus and determination needed to train and work professionally in this industry’.  Showdown Theatre Arts will now look to find funding for the return journey of the exchange.

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