Matilda the Musical Theatre Breaks

The RSC’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda hit the West End running following its original sold-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon. It went on to wipe the floor at the 2012 Olivier Awards and continues to play to full houses in London, as spiky and excellent as ever.

Matilda’s combination of Dahl’s supernatural schoolgirl heroics, BAFTA nominee Dennis Kelly’s script and Australian rock-comedian Tim Minchin’s whip-smart music and wordplay constitutes a triple threat you’ll be glad you surrendered to.

Matilda is a gifted child with hopeless parents. Her mum only cares about ballroom dancing and her dad insists that her beloved books will cause 'verrucas of the soul'.

With Matilda’s horrible headmistress Miss Trunchbull hell-bent on locking up as many children in 'the chokey' as she can, life at school is even grimmer.

Matilda discovers that she has a very special ability – but will it make things better or worse? And can her sole ally Miss Honey bring about a happily-ever-after in a world of pesky parents and hideous head teachers?

Is It For Me?

Like the West End’s other great Roald Dahl adaptation Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda is a show that’s designed to appeal to all ages.

Its awesome alphabetical set, eye-popping stage effects and tale of tykes trumping tyrants provide wonder and wish-fulfilment by the crateload for mischievous mites.

As is typical of Dahl’s work, a jet-black sense of humour runs through proceedings that’s most attractive to the post-teen set. In fact, if you’d been thinking about making Matilda the centrepiece of a London theatre break for your family, you might consider ditching the kids and having a grown-ups only binge on the show instead.

In the end a musical is only as good as its music, and Matilda’s is killer. Tim Minchin is an inspired lyricist with an uncanny ear for a punchline and a decidedly offbeat perspective on life, and his award-winning score steals the show.

At A Glance:

  • Winner of 7 2012 Olivier Awards including Best Musical
  • Based on a novel by undisputed master of children's fiction Roald Dahl
  • Music and lyrics by Aussie musical comedian Tim Minchin
  • Stage illusions by Paul Kieve, magic consultant to the Harry Potter films
  • Recommended for all ages
Venue Address: 32-34 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9HU
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Buses: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, 19, 38; (Tottenham Court Road) 24, 29, 176
Rail: Charing Cross
Parking: Chinatown (6mins)
Book From: 07 Oct 2011
Book Until: 20 Dec 2015
Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Age Restrictions: Suitable for ages 6 and over. Children under the age of 6 will not be allowed in the theatre.

Matilda the Musical Video

Matilda the Musical Reviews

"I was totally thrilled from beginning to end, every cast member was outstanding and the set just brilliant. The special effects? Well, what a genius" Barbara, Gosport

"Although the staging, the choreography and the overall experience were all brilliant, the standout revelation was the quality of the child actors - each and every one believable and exciting to watch. " Celia, North Yorkshire

"Amazing, unbelievable, everything from the performers to the stage production blew me away. As soon as I left I wanted to see it again" Paul, Southampton

"he show had so much packed into it. The children danced and performed with perfect timing and Matilda was - as they say in the show - just magical" Anne, Cardiff

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