Matilda is a gutsy little girl whose phenomenal brainpower goes unnoticed by her couch potato parents, and is utterly reviled by her troll of a headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. The script gives ample opportunity for the young cast to exhibit their spectacular, stamping energy in a brilliantly choreographed swing scene (Peter Darling’s choreography and Rob Powell’s set are cornerstones of the production) and plenty of schoolroom antics.
The RSC’s Matthew Warchus directs (his Shakespeare-heavy career would certainly have won Dahl's approval), and the brilliant cabaret songwriter Tim Minchin is responsible for the raucous music and lyrics. If Dennis Kelly’s script is a little black, it’s nothing to his previous plays (which feature a spot of mass sterilisation and patricide), but then Dahl was never one to shirk a touch of the grisly, and it only fuels the brilliance of this production.
Suitable for ages 5+
|What||Matilda the Musical, Cambridge Theatre review|
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