The young stars of Broadway hit Matilda The Musical have been left itching in the wings after an outbreak of head lice.
The stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's bestselling children's book has 16 youngsters in the cast, and at least six of the child performers have been affected, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
A source tells the publication, "Several of the children have lice. The production is in chaos because they're trying to keep it a secret from other actors and even some of the other children."
A representative for the show insists the outbreak is now under control: "It happens at a lot of shows, and is not uncommon with school- age kids in general. It has been dealt with."
The musical is running at The Shubert Theatre in New York City.