Matilda the Musical

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Cambridge Theatre

Until Sun Dec 21

  • © Manuel Harlan

    'Matilda'

  • © Manuel Harlan

    'Matilda'

  • © Manuel Harlan

    'Matilda'

  • © Manuel Harlan

    'Matilda'

  • © Manuel Harlan

    'Matilda'

  • © Manuel Harlan

    'Matilda'

  • © Manuel Harlan

    'Matilda'

  • © Manuel Harlan

    'Matilda'

  • © Manuel Harlan

    'Matilda'

  • © Manuel Harlan

    'Matilda'

  • © Manuel Harlan

    'Matilda'

© Manuel Harlan

'Matilda'

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    1. Cambridge Theatre
      • Earlham St
        London
        WC2H 9HU
      • 51.513511,-0.126382
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Matilda the Musical 2014

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    15:00
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Sam  cohen

Very slow first half ... Poor sceens of endless library , feel asleep . Matilda boring no expression . Second half picked up a bit as teacher could act, a few more diff sceen changes and some story finally!! However end was rushed not sure why, as they could of lost half of the repetitive sceens in the first half. It would of been nice to see the teachers house at lest!!

Seema

Matilda: was an excellent musical. Couldn't have enough of it! would highly recommend it. The performances were excellent . My 6 year old daughter kept talking about it even the next day!

Paul Tame

Matilda - An excellent set with good choreography and music. Excellent cast and theater is comfortable. The show itself is predictable and sometimes the solos are a little over choreographed. The song are part of the narrative of the show, so the songs are not really memorable. Even though they reprise the best material a few times. Might be a little frightening and loud for young children under 5.

George A

Best show in London.. Matilda has a fantastic score, fantastic set and fantastic performers. The show is perfect for families and people who want to have a fantastic night out... Highly highly recommend.

Maiken Thamdrup

One super musical all actores can be proud of beeing a part of. We read the book before the play cause we are from Denmark, but our 2 kids loved it.

Jide

Absolutely brilliant show. The best stage production I have seen in many many years and one of the best pieces of entertainment I have ever seen. Fantastic music, staging and production. Would recommend to everybody!

India

This show is quite definitely one of the most incredible shows I've ever had the fortune to see in the west end. Each and every child and adult who appears on stage brings their own energy to the show, throwing your emotions up down and everywhere inbetween. The visual and sound effects leave your heart racing, and when the interval begins you only just realise how much you were gripping your seat in anticipation for what comes next. A fantastic show that you are guaranteed to fall in love with, whatever age you may be.

Rebecca

Absolutely, outstanding, musical. Great for all ages and a must see whilst in London. The young performers and Matidla's are so good at such a young age, also Miss Trunchball is a great character. Amazing magical storyline filled with catchy, happy songs along the way. Highly recommended for all the family.

MIHA

Very good musical with good acting and singing, Story is really magical. If you have kids is this performance one of best choises this moment.

Chuan

It's absolutely magical! A must see for all ages. Very touching storyline and beautifully executed. One of the best musicals I have watched.

MJ

Highly recommend. Choreography and acting were excellent. Rarely see kids on stage that don't overact and annoy me. The kid playing Matilda was spot on. Loved Miss Trunchbull. Songs good and clever but not memorable. My kids loved it and I was completely entertained and impressed.

Xandra Burns

Oh. My goodness. This is the modern musical at its best. I had my doubts - could any other medium than the written word do justice to such a beloved book? [The film, I think, did not]. Roald Dahl's novel is a book about the love of books, and actually, brilliantly, the musical is a story about the love of stories. A colourful, beautiful one at that. Good theatre results in thought and discussion, good musical theatre results in a buzz of passion and motivation. As I keep trying to explain to the genre’s dissenters: It's not just about pretty singing and impressive dancing, but about a connection between the audience's experience and the characters'. “Matilda” exemplifies this perfectly. From the moment you're ushered to your seat, you enter Her World - books are everywhere, tumbling off the proscenium, and this sense of inclusion escalates as the show goes on. Matilda is swept away to the world of fiction, and in following her story, we are too. The musical is not simply the book performed onstage, but an enhancement of it, with unfamiliar plotlines that capture the advantages of musical theatre. Songwriter Tim Minchin is known for telling it like it is, for bluntly stating the awkward and obvious that runs through our heads, and his score for the show retains this authenticity. But who knew Minchin could do cute as well as candid? If you want to read more, but keep putting it off, watch “Matilda”. If you need that kick of inspiration to spend less time in front of the telly, watch “Matilda”. If you want to learn to be a little bit naughty, watch “Matilda”. If you need reminder of the time when all you wanted out of life was to climb trees and eat sweets, watch “Matilda”.

Dave

Fantastic show with exceptional performances all round. Highly recommended.

Olivia O'Sullivan

So good I saw it twice! The first trip was a birthday surprise - as an avid Roald Dahl fan in my youth, I was keen to see the musical interpretation and was not disappointed. The story was close enough to the book to allow for reminiscing but each character had a slightly different and unique identity. The songs were incredibly catchy, I was singing them for weeks afterwards. Fantastic cast full of talent. Would heartily recommend!

Angie

This is quite a boring musical without any good songs. I enjoyed bit of it but for the price I wish we'd gone to see something else.

Holly

No memorable songs, a rushed ending and a story that sometimes zips along but also drags badly in parts. There are other shows out there which you can take children to such as Singin in the Rain, The Lion King and Wicked which are far more enjoyable. Skip the hype!

siko

a jaw droppper.my kids didnt blink and im still hunmming the songs.bravo.

alex

Seen this 4 times now and I absolutely love it. It really is a must see. The gentleness and sense of joy and love has bread throughout this performance with the perfect mix of tears and laughter. The lyrics and lines are brilliant. "when I grow up!"

roger

Absolutely brilliant in every way. Lyrics, dancing, acting, sets and a great story with happiness, sadness and a real understanding of the freedom being a child is all about. Went with twelve year old daughter but could happily see it again soon. Lifts the spirits and deserves its awards.

Sophie

Only a few weeks after I saw it and I'd already happily watch it again. It was heartwarming without being twee, and full of childlike wonder without being childish. There were moments when the pace lagged a little and you may not go away humming the tunes but that doesn't seem to matter. Wherever you look in the production - set, performances, music - there is joy to behold.

Rose

Really good fun, excellent evening and does the book credit. The second half was amazing and they really did everything to make it impressive! Fantastic.

Dan

Absolutely barn-storming. The second half is pure joy... Cast are perfect. Miss Trunchbull is best stage villain I've ever seen. My seven-year-old LOVED it and so did I. All the bits in the book that you think would be hard to stage are done with rampant aplomb. And the subtle changes to make it more theatre-friendly work wonderfully well. I should just mention.... I'm in no way related to any of the cast or crew... and have no financial interest in the production ;-)

Daniel

Amazingly well produced, everything streamlined to a tee. In reply to the two three star reviews - this is based on the book not the film. If you go expecting the film it is very different.

Jeffrey

This play should be like les mis. Please release it on DVD. What are you waiting for? Go see it.

Roman

The perfect mix of dark humour, sentimentality and jokes about burping. I'm no fan of musicals as a rule but Minchin's witty and clever songs made this for me.

baileybug500

The are 3 great parts to this musical, the beginning, the end and everything in between. Book 2 dates then you'll have something to look forward to when you realise that the first one has finished. Wonderful, catchy tunes, clever songs, mesmerising acting from both young and old and a story to make you laugh and cry. I'm going for the 2nd time in march along with 6 members of my family. I'm ridiculously excited!

Wayne

I would give it 10 stars if I could. Darkly funny and beautifully sung, with incredible performances, this production with all a big west end budget will blow you away. Billy Who?

Renee

One of the most ingenious pieces of theatre I have ever seen. Phenomenal staging, acting, directing and music. You'd be mad to miss it.

playgoer633

Enjoyable but spoiled by being far too long, and way too elaborate. Just saved by the excellent playing of Trunchbull, who managed to revive the performance each time it flagged. By all means see it, but this Matilda is far from flawless. The sound needs lots of attention: it's quite unfair to ask such young actors to project unnecessarily complex dialogue to such a large audience in the face of poor miking and mixing. Fix the sound, cut the length by half, chuck out most of the complexities and keep only the very best actors - and it will deserve the reviews it is getting from the less critical.

Shalinee

Absolutely loved this version of Matilda. Much of the staging is breathtaking and every character is brilliantly acted and spot on. I was in the Upper Circle and the only down-side is that the sound isn't great up there, which is slightly annoying when watching a Musical! Tim Minchin's music is very careful and cleverly crafted and adds a fine layer of his personality to an excellent production. I think it's more of a production for adults than for kids, but then that's from my adult perspective. Can't wait to see it again.

Aaron- 20 y/o

It’s a children’s show through and through. Based on the amount of 5-star reviews that have been surfacing, I expected it to be A LOT less campy and more adult friendly. If you’re expecting something even remotely close to the well-known Danny Devito film, then you’re in for a surprise. The musical is non-stop camp writing with fairly mediocre songs, nothing I walked out of the theatre singing to myself. The performances were all true to the show and the entire company was very energetic and lively. The technical aspect of the show was pretty incredible, but I honestly felt like it was a tad too much at moments and that they relied on it to carry the entire show. It has a running time of about 2 1/2 hours, which was honestly a bit too long for me. Then again, it IS a children’s show. As a fan of the film, I was a disappointed, but the children in the audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. If you’re looking for a fun family event, this is perfect. If you’re looking for a good night of theatre, maybe try something else.

Tom

Simply the most wonderful Musical we have ever seen (and we have seen lots). The cast is outstanding - evry last one. The staging is awe-isnpiring and the music by Tim Minchin is, oh, so very very clever and engaging. Why is it that we cannot stop listening to it for the past 2 months? Our children know all the words and we cannot get enough of it. "Quiet" is simply the most thought provoking and moving song imaginable. Well done to everyone - this will be around for years and years - and a good job too, as we intend to see it again several times...

Mike

this production is an absolute joy - from beginning to end. You will cry, you will laugh - it has something for everyone - children and adults alike, and will hopefully be around for years and years to come. I cannot wait to see it again and I cannot wait to have children so that I can take them to see it one day!

Sue

Our 5 year old daughter loved it. We LOVED it. A totally stunning show and on every single level the best theatre experience we have ever had... it is not just a kids show it's an everybody show. The ticket queues should be runing round the corner down the road and on and on for miles..... we can't wait to see it again.

nickf

when most mainstream london shows aimed at kids or adults are difficult to stomach (a bit like going to see a live performance of the "daily mail") this show stands apart. i found this amazing - funny, original, great individual performances, brilliantly paced, moving. minchin's great lyrics. the only time i have ever been to the theatre and can honestly say i did not wish for the interval or the end. above all, the central idea: "if things are not right, fight to put them right", is so simple and empowering I am very glad my six year old (and me) got to see it.