Remaining time: 

REVIEW: Matilda

Roald Dahl’s writing created a world of wonder and fun, a place where children were important and some adults reprehensible. His world is filled with awe and adventure and is a place many of us would desire to visit. Thanks to the enduring appeal of Tim Minchin’s collaboration with the RSC, we can.

Matilda is still enjoying full houses at the Cambridge Theatre almost six years after it first opened in the West End. When you enter the auditorium, you are first struck by the colourful and quirky set, bursting out from the proscenium arch and surrounding the stage. It sets the tone for the whole production that is bright, colourful and engaging. 

Dahl’s familiar characters, indeed caricatures, are brought vividly to life. The story follows the plight of the titular character, born into a resentful, crooked, telly-obsessed family and her escapism through books and reading. When she is able, she starts school, presided over by the former shot put throwing champion – the formidable Miss Trunchbull. 

The story is supported by Minchin’s brilliantly inventive music and playful, witty lyrics. His musical style is well suited to Dahl’s writing (perfectly adapted for the stage by Dennis Kelly). Joyous and uplifting, this show is a perfect example of a creative team all working exceptionally well together on a shared idea. 

The show is a delight for people of every age. There is something for everyone to everyone to enjoy. I challenge anyone to visit the show and not leave feeling uplifted, smiling and wanting to be a little bit ‘norty’.


Theatre manager, writer, maker.


Related news

Top 10 Fun Facts about Peter Pan

Posted on | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels |

Think you're the greatest Peter Pan buff? Perhaps you've seen the 1953 Disney film dozens of times or&nb... Read more

Spotlight on John Malkovich, star of David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre

Posted on | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels |

Perhaps you've seen him opposite Sandra Bullock in the popular new Netflix film, Bird Box, which has b... Read more

These 5 Waitress songs will bake you happy!

Posted on | By Jade Ali |

Before this five-star pie show had the West End’s taste buds tantalised, it was, and still is, a huge Broadway ... Read more

Follow us for instant updates and special offers

Sign up to our mailing list and be the first to hear about new West End shows and exclusive ticket discounts. We value your privacy. You can unsubscribe at any time. But we hope you won’t!