Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel, Matilda, comes to the West End this spring, courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Originally performed at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2011 to sold-out audiences, it was then transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in the West End in October 2011.
Matilda the musical is written by esteemed playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics being provided by much-loved Australian comedian and musician, Tim Minchin. The performance is directed by Matthew Warchus, with choreography by Peter Darling.
Described by the Guardian as “an evening of unadulterated bliss”, the show follows the story of a very intelligent young girl named Matilda who possesses special powers. Her unloving parents treat her awfully, and her sadistic teacher Miss Trunchbull is just as terrifying as she rules the school with cruelty and fear. Eventually, Matilda decides that the grown-ups should be taught a lesson and with the help of her good friends, she succeeds.
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