A few weeks ago now I visited London with my family and we went to see ‘Matilda The Musical‘ at the Cambridge theatre. It was a really fantastic show, that I will never forget! I really did enjoy it from start to finish. Ive always loved Roald Dahl’s stories from a very young age and it was great to see it performed in live action. The director Matthew Warchus has put together a truly spectacular show which combines new ideas and treasured memories from the original book and film. I highly recommend you go and watch it the next time your in London.
Matilda is a very popular story that most people know, everyone loves Roald Dahl! The show followed the original story perfectly but added certain elements, such as story telling from Matilda herself, in the show to play out some of the stories events. Matilda is a very clever young girl who isn’t respected by her bitter parents. Her parents don’t agree with her wanting to learn but eventually agree to let her attend school at an early age. Miss Honey is Matilda’s new teacher and she spots her potential from the moment she meets her. We meet Ms Truchble who is an evil, wicked women who is the headmaster of the school and makes the children’s lifes hell. We find out she is Miss Honeys auntie and how she treated her as a child and Matilda uses her magical powers to get rid of Ms Truchble once and for all! It’s a fantastic little story, with great humour and family drama.
The acting was incredibly strong from all characters which was a present surprise with most of them being children. Sara Sheen who played Matilda was a fantastic little actress who really put on a suberb performance. How she managed to remember all those challenging words I do not know! I didn’t even know some of the words myself! She was very impressive. Craige Els who played Ms Truchble was spectacular! We originally thought it would be strange for a male to play this particular female character but it was just what the part needed. He was the most memberable character and by far my favourite; he was just brilliant! Michael Begley who portrayed Mr Wormwood (Matilda’s Dad) also stood out to me as he was hilarious; every time he was on stage I could not stop laughing! His camp stance and hilarious walk was genius.
The set design unfortunately wasn’t as spectacular as I would have hoped. There were only really three main sets that were used during the show. I do think they could have incorporated a few other places to tell the story even more affectively. However, the three sets were greatly put together and used in the best possible way. The school classroom set stood out to me, I loved how the tables were used in so many different ways, a very clever use of set. This may be why they thought other sets were not needed. The props were very playful which fit perfectly with the school environment. The big swings, were a personal favourite, I just wanted to jump on the stage and join in!
The best part of the show for me were the song and dance performances by all the main characters and dancers. As mentioned above the swings scene was my favourite, where the cast sang, ‘When I grow up‘ and did their fantastic swinging sequences. This was a great aspect of the show, it fit the story perfectly; it was is a truely fantastic idea in my eyes. All the other singing and dance performances were great too. There were some great songs in the show, hats off too Tim Minchin the music composer.
I really enjoyed the performance and so did my family. It’s a real fun loving, happy show that I highly recommend to everyone, especially young children! The acting was superb, the songs were so catchy and the overall direction and performance was fantastic. Go and see it when your next in London, you will not be disappointed!
Emily Jane xo