Matilda The Musical
Roald Dahl’s magical story is reimagined for the stage
Captivating many generations of young dreamers since 1988, Roald Dahl’s magical book Matilda has deservedly become a firm favourite on the bookshelves of many families, both in Britain and around the world. Basing a musical show upon the novel was inevitable.
Thankfully, the production was commissioned by the illustrious Royal Shakespeare Company, who have been behind some of the finest theatre productions to be staged including, but not limited to, works by Shakespeare.
Unlike the mediocre 1996 American-produced film, Matilda the Musical has stayed remarkably true to the original book, and has been described by critics as one of the best new British musicals in years. Matilda the Musical manages so well to invoke the magic you would have had to imagine when reading Roald Dahl’s writing, in his beautifully expressive and humorous style. The stage production has also introduced couple of new elements to the storyline, of which Dahl would certainly have approved.
The musical tells the story of young Matilda, an incredibly bright and gifted child whose intellect is far in advance of others her age. However, despite her unique abilities, her disinterested parents have cast her aside as being simply bookish – and cannot understand why she is more fascinated by Tess of the d'Urbervilles than television. In her frustration towards her family’s ignorance and callousness, she begins a tirade of pulling pranks on them.
This sets the scene for the journey Matilda embarks on as she befriends Miss Honey at her new school who recognises her unique gift and resolves to ensure Matilda’s best interests are looked after. Eventually, Matilda comes to discover that she has a psychokinetic ability, where she can move small objects by simply using the power of thought.
Enter the gargantuan character of Miss Trunchbull, hilariously played by a male actor without reverting to an implausible pantomime-type act, and this completes the production. Miss Trunchbull truly steals the shows in several scenes!
Prepare for a side-splitting and entertaining few hours (2h40 to be exact), interspersed with some beautifully poignant and moving moments, and original songs by Tim Minchin. Hailed as one of the best British musical in years, the much loved magic of Roald Dahl is sincerely captured in this fabulous production that is one of the must-see shows in London.
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"An evening of unadulterated bliss...Anarchically joyous, gleefully nasty and ingenious...It captures all the original's delicious nastiness."
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