Matilda Hopkins

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Earlier this year, Matilda Hopkins played the role of Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof at Menier Chocolate Factory, before joining the cast of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole as Pandora at Ambassadors Theatre in the West End, until it closed in September. Matilda made her professional stage debut as Young Eponine and cover Little Cosette in Les Misérables where she worked alongside Carrie Hope Fletcher, and toured a couple of years later with Annie. Recently catching up with us, Matilda tells us about playing Pandora in Adrian Mole, her professional debut in Les Mis and training at Redroofs.

How much fun was it playing Pandora in the West End transfer of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole?

Playing Pandora was totally amazing! It is such a fantastic part, especially for a teenager, and Pandora is a very strong character who knows what she wants.

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📷 : Pamela Raith – The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

Can you tell us about performing at the show’s official opening and press night?

The official opening and press night was really exciting as well as nerve-racking. We had a red carpet outside of the theatre for press to take photos of the cast and celebrities who were attending. Inside the theatre, the atmosphere was brilliant, and I felt so lucky to be part of it. We had an after-show party at Browns in Leicester Square which was great and we got a lot of presents, including an Adrian Mole phone case from the Directors and Producers.


Was there any part of the script that stood out for you when reading it for the first time?

The script is so funny and so much fun to act. Pandora had some really funny scenes and one of my favourites was the scene where she is telling Adrian that she will not be working in a cake shop but wants to be Prime Minister! The nativity scene, when Pandora gives birth, is hilarious and the audience were always really laughing, it was so much fun pretending to be pregnant.

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📷 : Pamela Raith – The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

Can you tell us about portraying Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof at Menier Chocolate Factory, and what was it like being part of the cast?

Fiddler on the Roof was such a great show to be part of. The cast were amazing, and although the content of the show was serious, there were lots of funny parts. The adult cast were so talented and I learnt so much from watching them and also from Sir Trevor Nunn who directed the show. I really loved the rehearsal period of this show as seeing it all come together was really interesting as I would also like the chance to direct one day if possible.


You appeared in A Little Princess at The Royal Festival Hall, what was this like?

In A Little Princess, I was in the choir and it was really good fun to be part of it. Arlene Phillips directed it and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra played the music. It was a great experience to sing at the Royal Festival Hall.


How did you find the experience playing Brigitta in the UK and Ireland tour of The Sound of Music?

I loved The Sound of Music tour as we got to travel all over the U.K. – Dublin, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Glasgow, as well as more local theatres. It was great and most of the theatres were really big, with thousands of seats and they were usually always sold out. It was really good fun staying away at hotels with the other children. I shared a room with Olivia, who played Louisa, and we always had a great time together and made a lot of memories. We were tutored for school whilst we were away, which usually involved two to three hours of schoolwork straight after breakfast. Brigitta is such a great part too as she is feisty and opinionated, but she is also sweet. The best part of The Sound of Music was the lovely songs we got to sing.


📷 : Pamela Raith – The Sound of Music

You were July and understudy Annie in the Annie Tour, can you tell us about your time in the show?

The Annie UK Tour was also such a great experience, we travelled all around the UK by train or plane. I was only ten and it was the first time I had been away from home but I really loved it. The show was great and I worked with Lesley Joseph, who was lovely. The numbers, including It’s the Hard Knock Life and You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, were really fun to perform and were my favourite parts of the show.


You made your West End debut in 2014 as Young Eponine and cover for Little Cosette, what are your memories from appearing in Les Misérables?

Les Misérables was just the best show to be part of. When I went to the audition, I was eight, and really was not expecting to even get a callback. I got down to the last six and then my mum got a phone call to say that I had the part of Eponine! We were both just amazed and really couldn’t believe it. I also learnt the part of Little Cosette as I had to be the cover for that part too and I was lucky enough to get the chance to play her. The whole experience of being part of such a big West End show was brilliant and I felt very lucky to have worked with Carrie Hope Fletcher and the rest of the amazingly talented cast. I really learnt a lot about theatre and acting from that show.

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How are you finding your time attending Redroofs Theatre School?

I love it at Redroofs Theatre School and have been there since Year Seven. We do a lot of dancing, acting and singing, as well as academic subjects. Every day is a mixture of academic and vocational subjects so it makes school really fun. We perform in the school show once a year, at the end of the Spring term, and it is my favourite part of the school year.


Can you tell us about your dance and music training?

I have all my dance training which includes, ballet, tap, modern, street/commercial whilst I am at Redroofs. I also have singing lessons outside of school and I am a member of the British Theatre Academy.

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Where does your interest in the entertainment industry come from?

I am not sure where my interest in musical theatre comes from as neither of my parents or any of my family are at all interested in it. My mum took me to see LazyTown at the theatre when I was three and I cried because I wasn’t allowed to get onto the stage. I remember at school, in reception when I was four, I loved performing in the Christmas Play. When I was seven, I auditioned for a BTA production of Annie and got the part of Molly, which I was really surprised about as I hadn’t had any classes in dance or acting, and since then that is all I have wanted to do.


What plans do you have over the next few months?

In the next few months, I will just concentrate on my training and think about where I will apply for sixth form. I am hoping to do a B.Tech in Musical Theatre, and then maybe a Degree in Acting after that, I would love to go to RADA.


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