Musical Review – Matilda – The Musical

I went to see Matilda The Musical on at the Cambridge Theatre, London with my friend Lottie.  We both love the Roald Dahl book so were excited to see how it has been adapted into a musical.

According to the official Matilda website, ‘Matilda The Musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by the anarchic Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.’

This shows just a glimpse of the people behind the scenes working to bring the production to the stage.

Matilda The Musical has won The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical at The Critics’ Circle Awards, The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Best Musical Production and Best Performance in a Musical (Bertie Carvel) at the Theatre Awards UK 2011.

From the moment we sat down Matilda was magical. The set itself was like a work of art, colourful and atmospheric.

My favourite song was ‘Naughty’, when Matilda is being feisty, and determined not to let the horrid adults get her down!

The underscore, which is the music that goes on quietly during the action to help set the scene scenes was very good and kept you engaged all the way through.

The cast were great too.  The girl who played Matilda (Lily-Mae Evans) has a beautiful voice and I was very impressed with her performance and how she remembered all her lines! She had real stage presence and played her part beautifully.

Matilda’s father (Tom Eden) was suitably brash and horrible and Miss Trunchbull (David Shannon), well!  She doesn’t like children much at all does she?

Because it was an adaptation, there were a number of differences to the book to make it work as a musical for theatre. For example, it starts with Matilda’s birth, which the book doesn’t, and more is made of Matilda’s time in the library.

All these differences work really well though and all in all it’s a wonderful show. The mix of children and adult cast worked as good and all the performers were very convincing and talented.

I thoroughly enjoyed going to see Matilda – The Musical and would definitely recommend it!