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Roald Dahl's 'Matilda The Musical' Has Postponed Its Malaysian Debut To 2021

The production cited "health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide" for the postponement.

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Matilda The Musical, which was set to make its debut in Malaysia this year, has been postponed to March 2021

Originally scheduled to run from 2 to 14 June, the production will now be staged at Istana Budaya from 9 to 21 March 2021.

Malaysia was supposed to be the fourth leg of the original London West End musical's Asian Tour, after stops in Singapore, China, and Bangkok.

Inspired by Roald Dahl's book of the same name, the musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and played to sold-out audiences at the RSC's The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in England for 12 weeks from November 2010 to January 2011.

In a statement provided to SAYS, the production cited "health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide" for the postponement

The statement read, "Strict travel restrictions put in place due to the outbreak has also directly impacted the planned logistical arrangements and touring schedule of the travelling production."

"We know that many fans in Malaysia have been looking forward to the production's premiere in Kuala Lumpur, but unavoidable circumstances have made it almost impossible for us to carry on with the initially scheduled dates."

"We encourage all patrons to hold on to their purchased tickets and witness Matilda The Musical in March 2021 instead"

All affected ticketholders will be notified of the change via email.

Patrons will be given the option to either retain their existing ticket and have it rebooked to one of the rescheduled dates of their preference or request for a refund, subject to terms and conditions.

Read the full statement on the production's Facebook page:

ANNOUNCEMENT: In light of the current COVID-19 situation, Matilda The Musical Kuala Lumpur will be postponed to 2021....

Posted by Matilda The Musical - International Tour on Thursday, 14 May 2020

The musical's debut in Malaysia was announced in February:

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