This musical is, of course, based on Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s book and opened in the West End in 2011 to much fanfare. Awards soon followed with 7 Laurence Olivier Awards, a record-breaking number, and 4 Tony Awards. And having just seen it I can honestly say that it deserves each and every one.
For those who haven’t read the book, Matilda is the story of a little girl with enormous intellect and an incredible imagination. Her parents hate her and are the worst of people and life only gets worse when she starts school and comes across the monstrous headmistress, Miss Trunchball.
Having seen most of musicals currently playing on the West End I can honestly say that this is one of the best. If you can only see one musical in London then this should surely be it. The score is fantastic and instantly catchy. The set is very cleverly designed and used to maximum effect but it’s the cast that really shine. The actress who plays Matilda obviously changes frequently but having seen them all perform together I can attest that they are all incredible. Special mentions go out to the actors that play Matilda’s father, Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull who all absolutely catch the essence of their characters.