A dark and delightful adaptation of Roald Dahl's tale of a child genius, and her monstrous headmistress
Comes to life with a buzzing vitality that proves irresistible The Telegraph
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Matilda The Musical
We were all children once. And we can all appreciate the naughtiness and rebelliousness of Matilda, a little girl whose monstrous parents are too awful for words and drive her absolutely nuts. With the exception of one, her teachers are just as bad. If you were her, you'd probably rebel too! This gloriously, wickedly funny show is based on the great Roald Dahl's children's book of the same name and it's proving a huge hit in theatreland.
The show was written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by the quirky, super-clever Australian comedian Tim Minchin. The narrative focuses on Matilda, precocious at just five years old and a keen reader. It follows her as she overcomes the numerous obstacles put in her way by her family and school, where she ultimately helps the only teacher she likes to reclaim her life.
The musical cut its teeth in Shakespeare country, at Stratford-upon-Avon, which would probably please The Bard if he was still around. The twelve-week trial run was a huge hit and the show soon transferred to the West End for its London debut at the Cambridge, enjoying its Broadway premiere in April 2013. As you can imagine it's still going strong, well on the way to becoming a classic. Don't miss it, whether you're twelve or a hundred and twelve.
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Reviews Summary based on 348 reviews
What to expect
Family friendly show
Family friendly show. The cast led by Emma playing Matilda, told the story well and brought the children's book to life. The set was amazingly creative, especially the use of the floor space. Good dance choreography. Madren, 29 Aug 2017
What a surprise
I wasn't to sure what to except but both myself and my 11 year old daughter loved every minute. The staging, acting just brilliant. This is a must viewing. Great family show. Siobhan, 11 Aug 2017
A little bit naughty- and GREAT fun
We were thoroughly entranced by the show. The staging is really fresh and allows the show to flow beautifully. All of the cast, but especially the children, give their all. It is worth it! "Matilda" was a fantastic theatrical experience, not to be missed. Greg, 07 Jul 2017
Stage and light design are flawless, dynamic and creative. Very good performance by the actors/actresses. Tim Minchin's music is great. Show is a bit long. Thank you! Irmak, 29 May 2017
Fabulous show, fantastic acting, the kids were terrific! Alison, 22 May 2017
Great show worth the effort to go and see
Took my 8 year old daughter and her 10 year old friend and both loved it, plenty of adult humour as well so most definitely a family show. Estelle, 06 Sep 2015
Such a talented cast and a great view. So close that some of the cast nearly knocked me out of my seat! Perfect from start to finish, everyone was spellbound. Particularly impressed with the foyer staff who genuinely appeared to be happy, professional and attentive. Don't miss Matilda :) JAYNE, 02 Sep 2015
Fabulous family show
The children are all delightful, very entertaining good story perfect family entertainment LESLEY, 02 Sep 2015
Best in town
This is far and away the best show in the West End at the moment. The music is fantastic, the lyrics unbelievably clever, the set design amazing, fantastic choreography and wonderful performances from a brilliantly talented cast. I can't recommend it enough. Katy, 31 Jan 2015
If you think this show is for youngsters only (as I did) think again. We really enjoyed it the kids have amazing talent. sheila wilkinson, 23 Jan 2014
It was a great show and I would highly recommend going. Sitting in the upper circle meant you sometimes didn't see what was going on the front of the stage. Sarah, 02 Nov 2013
You cannot fault the acting and music of this show. All fabulous. The sound is super - every word can be heard - and we should know as we were in row M right at the back yet the view was good and we felt involved. Hot theatre and long queues for the ladies, but the onstage action was some of the best I have ever seen . Nic, 26 Jul 2012
A brilliantly clever musical!!
Tim Minchin really has outdone himself with the music of Matilda. He never fails to wittily entertain his audience. The cast was fantastic and worked together really well as an ensemble. Bertie Carvel gives a superb performance as Mrs Trunchbull as do the girls who play Matilda! There were many laugh out loud moments, couple with sad dramatic moments. Definitely a show, even for those who aren't particular fans of musical theatre. Roald Dahl would be proud. Katrina , 06 May 2012