Matilda Theatre Breaks will have young and old rolling in the aisles with laughter from start to finish.
It started off the year transferring from a sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon and completed 2012 with a Royal variety performance. Now in 2013 the rest of the nation will now have the chance to watch Matilda The Musical: a hilarious and terrifically staged production.
I was fortunate to see Matilda The Musical twice in Stratford – once with a group of adults (which I can honestly say does not impede on the enjoyment of the show!) – and then later on with my two boys aged 9 and 11yrs. Both performances were faultless, but possibly seeing my children enjoy it so much perhaps edges the second viewing into top spot.
The staging and set design is first class. There is plenty to keep the young ones engaged before curtain up and during the interval with hidden words built into the proscenium arch.
Matilda The Musical music and lyrics by Tim Minchin are current, naughty and instantly memorable. We spent a good proportion of our 1 1/2 hour drive back singing “My Mummy Says…” and making up our own lyrics to much amusement.
The good news is that many of the adult cast members of Matilda The Musical will reprise their roles in the West End. My children will be especially thrilled to see Paul Kaye & Bertie Carvel* again – oh yes, we will be seeing it at the Cambridge Theatre (it’s already in the diary!).
All in all I cannot praise this production enough and urge you all from 5 – 105 yrs to BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!
* Olivier Award winner Bertie Carvel who plays Miss Trunchbull will make is last appearance on 1st July. From Tuesday 3rd July the role will be taken over by “Villain in Residence” in pantomimes at Theatre Royal York, David Leonard.
Roald Dahl’s much-loved story bursts into life in a stage adaptation by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.
Writer: Tim Minchin
Stand Out Quality: The performance of the actresses playing Matilda
Nearest Hotel: The excellent Radisson Edwardian Mercer Street Hotel is opposite. You can stay in other hotels but you will leave the theatre thinking “Oh I wish we were staying there!” It is 4 star and quite expensive but look out for it when booking – you might be able to stretch to it.
If it is full then look at the Kingsway Hall, if it is too expensive then think about the St Giles or the Strand Palace: all are walking distance.
Look for hotels in Bayswater or Kensington if walking to the theatre isn’t important – even with having to buy a tube or bus ticket they still save you money.
If you are coming down to London mob handed then stay at the Holiday Inn Kings Cross. A lovely big hotel with great facilities and rooms for families of up to 2 adults and 2 children.
Theatre: Cambridge Theatre
Address: Seven Dials, London
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square / Covent Garden
Well, what a brilliant time we had last night at Matilda the Musical. We had much better seats than we did in Stratford and it made all the difference. The children loved, I loved it, the audience loved it. Standing ovation for Kerry Ingram who played Matilda and another standing ovation for whole cast. All came out happy and smiley. Can't say enough good things about this show. It really is the one to watch this year and now on until October 2012.