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"Those who think that the West End is always dumbing down and that an intelligent musical is an oxymoron will have to stay behind for detention with the diabolical Miss Trunchbull. Writer Dennis Kelly and composer and lyricist Tim Minchin go to the top of the class with this anarchically joyous, gleefully nasty and ingenious musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's story about a girl... who scoffs Dickens and Dostoevsky like other kids eat sweets. This classy and ultimately touching addition to the West End... wears its learning and wit proudly, but has undoubted box office appeal too: it is likely to do for the RSC for the next 25 years what Les Mis has done for the past 25. If anything, it is actually richer than Dahl's novel. It captures all the original's delicious nastiness... but it also celebrates the solace of books and the transforming powers of the imagination. That everyone is having a good time is apparent in every performance, particularly the children who are terrific. It's an evening of unadulterated bliss." Lyn Gardner, The Guardian★★★★★
"Having just transferred to the West End it proves an absolute cracker of a show, bursting with dynamism, fizzing with verve and packed full of slightly naughty children swung around by their pigtails played by incredible child actors who perform their socks off. The humour mixing slapstick and more sophisticated word play will appeal to both children and adults while eye-popping illusions include a piece of chalk writing itself across the blackboard and a child seemingly whizzing into the stratosphere. The wonderful sets, full of building blocks and ascending bookcases, extend right into the auditorium. Gloriously over the top it's an irresistible and ingenious mix of fun, fizz, cruelty, incredible choreography and above all warmth which means we root for the kids from the start. Fantastic." Julie Carpenter, The Express ★★★★★
"When it came to deciding which production should receive the prize for best musical at the Evening Standard Drama Awards this year, there was virtually no debate among the judges. It was crystal clear that the statuette should go to the RSC's hilarious, moving and magical production of Matilda. The show has now finally arrived in the West End, where I suspect it will delight audiences for years to come, as well as crossing the Atlantic to conquer Broadway, too. It is the best new British musical since Billy Elliot. Dennis Kelly, who has adapted Roald Dahl's famous story for the stage... has discovered joy, humour and tenderness, and his script actually improves and deepens Dahl's original. Meanwhile, Aussie comedian Tim Minchin has come up with a smashing score that combines take-home melodies with delicious lyrical wit in songs that consistently develop both the plot and our understanding of the characters. There is an exuberant sense here of two writers who have clicked together - and magnificently expanded their range." Charles Spencer, The Telegraph ★★★★★
Cast & Creative
By:
Roald Dahl, Dennis Kelly
Producer:
Royal Shakespeare Company ( RSC ) with Andre Ptaszynski as Executive Producer.
Director:
Matthew Warchus
Songs by:
Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin
Lighting:
Hugh Vanstone
Sound:
Simon Baker
Design:
Rob Howell
Choreography:
Peter Darling
Musical supervision and orchestration by Christopher Nightingale. Special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.
Cast:
Lilian Hardy, Emma Moore, Éva-Marie Saffrey and Abbie Vena share the role of Matilda. The cast includes Gina Beck, David Shannon, Tom Edden and Marianne Benedict, Richard Astbury, Oliver Brooks, Collette Coleman, Maria Graciano, Elliot Harper, Daniel Hope, Daniel Ioannou, Kate Kenrick, Katie Lee, Fergal McGoff, Tom Muggeridge, Matthew Rowland, Matthew Serafini, Biancha Szynal, Laura Tyrer and Sharlene Whyte. The cast of young performers in three teams include Nicholas Antoniou-Tibbitts, Max Brophy, Mylo Burton-Mays, Olivia Calladine-Smith, Kira Caple, Elena Cervesi, Jessica Chalmers, Hari Coles, Archie Durrant, Charlotte Fallart, Regan Garcia, Ptolemy Gidney, Aiyana Goodfellow, Miles Harcombe, Sebastian Harry, Michael Hawkins, Sam Jennings, Angelina Li, Tilda Marriage Massey, Craig Noakes, Tia Palamathanan, Ben Robinson, Tori Louise Ryan, Kacy O’Sullivan and Scarlett Wennink.

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    "Those who think that the West End is always dumbing down and that an intelligent musical is an oxymoron will have to stay behind for detention with the diabolical Miss Trunchbull. Writer Dennis Kelly and composer and lyricist Tim Minchin go to the top of the class with this anarchically joyous, gleefully nasty and ingenious musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's story about a girl... who scoffs Dickens and Dostoevsky like other kids eat sweets. This classy and ultimately touching addition to the West End... wears its learning and wit proudly, but has undoubted box office appeal too: it is likely to do for the RSC for the next 25 years what Les Mis has done for the past 25. If anything, it is actually richer than Dahl's novel. It captures all the original's delicious nastiness... but it also celebrates the solace of books and the transforming powers of the imagination. That everyone is having a good time is apparent in every performance, particularly the children who are terrific. It's an evening of unadulterated bliss." Lyn Gardner, The Guardian★★★★★

    "Having just transferred to the West End it proves an absolute cracker of a show, bursting with dynamism, fizzing with verve and packed full of slightly naughty children swung around by their pigtails played by incredible child actors who perform their socks off. The humour mixing slapstick and more sophisticated word play will appeal to both children and adults while eye-popping illusions include a piece of chalk writing itself across the blackboard and a child seemingly whizzing into the stratosphere. The wonderful sets, full of building blocks and ascending bookcases, extend right into the auditorium. Gloriously over the top it's an irresistible and ingenious mix of fun, fizz, cruelty, incredible choreography and above all warmth which means we root for the kids from the start. Fantastic." Julie Carpenter, The Express ★★★★★

    "When it came to deciding which production should receive the prize for best musical at the Evening Standard Drama Awards this year, there was virtually no debate among the judges. It was crystal clear that the statuette should go to the RSC's hilarious, moving and magical production of Matilda. The show has now finally arrived in the West End, where I suspect it will delight audiences for years to come, as well as crossing the Atlantic to conquer Broadway, too. It is the best new British musical since Billy Elliot. Dennis Kelly, who has adapted Roald Dahl's famous story for the stage... has discovered joy, humour and tenderness, and his script actually improves and deepens Dahl's original. Meanwhile, Aussie comedian Tim Minchin has come up with a smashing score that combines take-home melodies with delicious lyrical wit in songs that consistently develop both the plot and our understanding of the characters. There is an exuberant sense here of two writers who have clicked together - and magnificently expanded their range." Charles Spencer, The Telegraph ★★★★★

  • Cast & Creative

    By:
    Roald Dahl, Dennis Kelly
    Producer:
    Royal Shakespeare Company ( RSC ) with Andre Ptaszynski as Executive Producer.
    Director:
    Matthew Warchus
    Songs by:
    Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin
    Lighting:
    Hugh Vanstone
    Sound:
    Simon Baker
    Design:
    Rob Howell
    Choreography:
    Peter Darling
    Musical supervision and orchestration by Christopher Nightingale. Special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

    Cast:

    Lilian Hardy, Emma Moore, Éva-Marie Saffrey and Abbie Vena share the role of Matilda. The cast includes Gina Beck, David Shannon, Tom Edden and Marianne Benedict, Richard Astbury, Oliver Brooks, Collette Coleman, Maria Graciano, Elliot Harper, Daniel Hope, Daniel Ioannou, Kate Kenrick, Katie Lee, Fergal McGoff, Tom Muggeridge, Matthew Rowland, Matthew Serafini, Biancha Szynal, Laura Tyrer and Sharlene Whyte. The cast of young performers in three teams include Nicholas Antoniou-Tibbitts, Max Brophy, Mylo Burton-Mays, Olivia Calladine-Smith, Kira Caple, Elena Cervesi, Jessica Chalmers, Hari Coles, Archie Durrant, Charlotte Fallart, Regan Garcia, Ptolemy Gidney, Aiyana Goodfellow, Miles Harcombe, Sebastian Harry, Michael Hawkins, Sam Jennings, Angelina Li, Tilda Marriage Massey, Craig Noakes, Tia Palamathanan, Ben Robinson, Tori Louise Ryan, Kacy O’Sullivan and Scarlett Wennink.

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