CRAIGE ELS

Currently starring as Miss Trunchbull in the Matilda tour

★★★★

"Scene-stealing"

Cultbox

★★★★

"Outstanding"

WhatsOnStage

★★★★

"Star of the evening"

BestOfTheatre

About Craige

 

Originally from Liverpool, Craige trained at Drama Studio London and University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

 

TELEVISION: Botha in Ripper Street (BBC One), Soldier 1/Gordon in Chickens (Sky One), Sergeant Major in The Bletchley Circle, Dave Simmons in Law and Order: UK (ITV1), Terry in Call The Midwife (BBC One), Factory worker in Endeavour (ITV1).

 

NATIONAL THEATRE: Caphis/Bailiff/Thief in Timon of Athens, Chorus in Antigone, Nicholas in The Kitchen, Passer-By in The Cherry Orchard, and soldier in Blood and Gifts.

 

WEST END: Miss Trunchbull in Matilda (Cambridge Theatre), Dean Martin in Christmas with the Rat Pack (Adelphi Theatre), created the role of Jake Turner in Never Forget (Savoy Theatre), understudied and played King Arthur, Lancelot, and Galahad in Spamalot.

 

OTHER THEATRE: Mr Kirkby/Commissionaire in That Day We Sang (Royal Exchange Theatre), Pete in Sixty Five Miles (Hull Truck Theatre), Danny in Once Upon a Time in Wigan (Hull Truck Theatre), Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre), Al Spanish in The New Yorkers (Sadlers Wells), Jake Turner in Never Forget (National tour), understudied Sam & Harry, and played Bill & Father Alexander in Mamma Mia! (International tour).

 

Other theatre credits also include Jekyll & Hyde (Italian tour); The Daughter-in-Law, A Passionate Woman, Alphabetical Order, Alice in Wonderland (all for Haymarket, Basingstoke); Charley’s Aunt, Trench Kiss (Stoke Repertory); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cabaret, and Cinderella (Aberystwyth Arts Centre).

 

FILM: Immigration Officer in Leave To Remain, Sorokina Coachman in Anna Karenina, and Jake Turner in Never Forget.

 

RADIO: BBC Radio Drama Company member, Proud, Absent, Lennon: A Week in the Life, Exam Slam Sketches.

Latest News

Craige to star as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda tour!

 

From March 2018, Craige will be donning the infamous Trunch costume once again and heading on the road with Matilda.

Beginning in Leicester on 5th March, the tour will be making stops across the UK and is currently booking until January 2019.

 

To book tickets or for more information, click here.

Craige speaks to Broadway.com about his long run in Matilda and the idea of a Trunch fitness video

 

Click here to find out how Craige feels about the show, his approach to playing the scariest woman in theatre, and how he stays in shape.

Dressing Room secrets...

 

The Daily Mail went behind the scenes of some of the most popular musicals to see how the stars transform into their characters, including Shrek, Elphaba, and Miss Trunchbull. Click here to read Craige's interview.

Missed #AskCraige? Here's the roundup!

 

Matilda The Musical held a Twitter Q&A with Craige. In case you missed it, click here to find out all about life as The Trunch, being heckled, and what it’s really like working with children…

Ticketmaster chats to Craige about The Trunch

 

Ticketmaster caught up with Craige to chat about playing Miss Trunchbull, working with kids, and how it feels to play a woman! Read the full interview here.

Matilda tour dates

2018

05/03/2018 - 24/03/2018

CURVE, LEICESTER

04/04/2018 - 28/04/2018

DUBLIN BORD GÁIS ENERGY THEATRE

08/05/2018 - 02/06/2018

SUNDERLAND EMPIRE

05/06/2018 - 30/06/2018

MILTON KEYNES THEATRE

03/07/2018 - 08/09/2018

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

18/09/2018 - 24/11/2018

MANCHESTER PALACE THEATRE

04/12/2018 - 12/01/2019

WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF

2019

04/12/2018 - 12/01/2019

WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF

15/01/2019 - 16/02/2019

THEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH

19/02/2019 - 23/03/2019

ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD

02/04/2019 - 27/04/2019

EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE

07/05/2019 - 08/06/2019

THE BRISTOL HIPPODROME

11/06/2019 - 06/07/2019

SOUTHAMPTON MAYFLOWER

16/07/2019 - 17/08/2019

NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL

Videos

Get in touch

If you wish to contact Craige’s agent, or send any fanmail to him then please write to the address below or use the form to the right.

 

Craige Els

c/o Waring and McKenna

17 South Molton Street

LONDON

W1K 5QT

 

Whilst all correspondence is passed to Craige, we cannot guarantee a response.

 

The best way to get in touch with Craige is via Twitter - @CraigeEls78.