Matilda

By | Children
Photo: Royal Shakespeare Company

Review by Yasmin Giannini, age 7

This year, try to get your mums and dads to take you to see Matilda the Musical instead of a pantomime play. It’s showing now at the Cambridge Theatre in Soho London and I can understand why it’s won seven Laurence Olivier Awards because it’s brilliant.

This incredible show is for the whole family. I think children under the age of seven might find it challenging because they would find it a bit vivid and extensive. If you’ve already read the original book you will reportedly enjoy this musical. The songs are great and there are lots of funny scenes, I think it’s a different experience if you are new to the book.

The stage looks like it is made out of wood with props that pop out of the ground. One minute you’ll be sitting in a classroom at the Trunchbull’s school with wooden desks and chairs. Then suddenly everything pops up from under the stage. New props appear and you’ll be in Miss Honey’s house. It’s wonderful. Also, the entire outside of the stage is covered with alphabet letters. I wish I’d been asked to paint my own letter. Then I could see it up there on the stage.

The best character is ‘the Trunchbull,’ headmistress of the school. She really brings the far from likeable head teacher to life in an intense way that somehow makes us really engaged and responsive, yet leaves everyone laughing at the same time.

Throughout the whole show, the Trunchbull performs athletic stunts, does funny tumbles and says witty things. At one point, near the end of the show, she rides off the stage on her scooter and shouting humorous phrases out to the entire audience.

I’d love to see this musical again, and again, and then maybe once more. You will too.

Matilda The Musical
Until 22 December 2013
2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. showings
Cambridge Theatre, Seven Dials
32-34 Earlham Street
London WC2H 9HU
0844 412 4652

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