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Sing-Along Version Of Roald Dahl’S Matilda The Musical To Receive Its World Premiere With Charity Previews For MediCinema And Screenings For NHS Hospital Patients

07th Dec 2022

Special charity previews take place on Saturday 17th December at more than 200 cinemas across the country before the film opens on January 1st.


NHS patients in hospital will be amongst the first in the world to watch and sing along on the same day in MediCinemas in Wales, Glasgow, Newcastle and London


To celebrate the opening of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical Sing-Along, special previews will take place in selected cinemas across the country on Saturday 17th December. Distributor Sony Pictures Releasing UK and cinemas taking part will donate the income received from all ticket sales to support the work of MediCinema.


On the same day patients in hospital will also be able to sing-along at the in-hospital cinemas run by MediCinema.


To find your closest cinema for these World Premieres on Saturday 17th December BOOK HERE


With the film already released to triumphant reviews, this Sing-Along version means that audiences nationwide can experience the joy of joining in with the cast – a stellar line-up that includes Academy Award Winner and MediCinema supporter Emma Thompson (Miss Trunchbull), Alisha Weir (Matilda), Lashana Lynch (Miss Honey), Stephen Graham (Mr. Wormwood), Andrea Riseborough (Mrs. Wormwood), and Sindhu Vee (Mrs. Phelps).


Exhibitors taking part are: Vue, Cineworld, Odeon, Picturehouse, Showcase and Light Cinemas, as well as independent cinemas across the country.

We are delighted to be able to support MediCinema by giving audiences the opportunity to be the very first to see the Sing Along version of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical before its general release on 1st January. MediCinema is a tremendous charity that does amazing work bringing film to patients in hospitals. We would like to thank the exhibitors who are participating for supporting these screenings in their cinemas. We hope that on the Saturday 17th cinema audiences and patients will enjoy the chance to Sing Along together and we are sure it will bring joy to all who watch. With all proceeds going to the charity it will help raise much needed funds to continue their important work.

Ian George, Managing Director at Sony Pictures Releasing UK & Ireland

We all know the real power of movies and how sharing the experience with others can have a profound impact on people in hospital experiencing a very hard time. Research also shows the positive effects and endorphins from singing together. While people are singing along at these special previews on the 17th, the patients in our hospital based MediCinemas will be doing so at the same time and we know it will make a very real difference to them. We are enormously grateful for the support of Sony and the many cinemas who have agreed to donate their income from these special previews to help patients around the country.

Colin Lawrence, MediCinema CEO



Since MediCinema was founded in 1999 it has given more than 300,000 experiences to patients, their families, carers and those closest to them.  More than half of the patients visiting a MediCinema report a reduction in pain and 93% say it helps them feel less isolated.  MediCinema has cinemas at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children/Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Newport’s Serennu Children’s Centre, London’s Chelsea and Westminster and Guys Hospitals.


Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical Sing-Along will be on general release on Jan 1st 2023.


Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is an inspirational musical tale of an extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and summons the remarkable courage, against all odds, to help others change their stories, whilst also taking charge of her own destiny. Standing up for what’s right, she’s met with miraculous results.


Directed by Tony Award® winning director Matthew Warchus  (Matilda The Musical), the film is produced by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title, Jon Finn (Billy Elliot), and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company. Screenwriter Dennis Kelly adapts the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production for the big screen, with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.