Matilda The Musical is a multi award winning show inspired by the beloved book of the same name written by Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary little girl with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind.
Playing the title role, was Tilly Rae Bayer, who for a professional debut was absolutely phenomenal. She totally embodies the character with wit and charm and has a gorgeous singing voice, the whole audience fell silent during ‘quiet’ and were in awe of the brilliant little actress. She earned herself a well deserved standing ovation from the audience in curtain call and clearly has a very bright future ahead of her. Well done Tilly!
Matilda shows us mischievous days of school life, The ‘School Song’ is a stand out moment and so cleverly written and choreographed with the letter blocks and ‘Bruce’ is a fabulous scene and song with buckets of energy and some great choreography. The children and ensemble had wonderful energy and were absolutely infectious especially during the magical moment of ‘When I Grow Up’ when they swing out into the audience. At this performance, the kids ensemble consisted of Louie Gray as Bruce, Sienna Clarke as Lavender, Louis Wint as Nigel, Gracie Hodson-Prior as Amanda, Haydn Court as Eric, Rosie Gell-Marquez as Alice, Emily Rees as Hortensia and Tyler De Souza as Tommy.
The show for the most part is quite fast paced, but it’s downfall is in the Library Scenes where Matilda tells Mrs Phelps the story of the Escapologist and the Acrobat, it feels dragged out to make the show longer and was very repetitive but Landi Oshinowo as Mrs Phelps provides comic relief during these scenes and wins the audience’s attention back.
Stand out performances came from the Wormwood Family, Sebastian Torkia as Mr Wormwood and Marianne Benedict as Mrs Wormwood had the audience in stitches and their chemistry was just fantastic. Matt Krzan as Rudolpho is energetic and over the top brilliant. Ryan Pidgen as Sergei is also an absolute show stealing moment, I won’t ruin it for you, but the short but sweet scene is comedy gold. Matilda is pretty magical with a catchy score, witty writing and talented cast.
All in all, Matilda is a fantastic show which is perfect for families with younger children, I would strongly recommend taking your children to see this show as a first theatre experience, however due to the younger audience around me who were a constant distraction throughout the show I didn’t find my experience as enjoyable. But kudos to the actors for getting through it and the hard working front of house team who tried to manage the problems! Want to experience the magic of Matilda for yourself? Get your tickets HERE
*This experience was gifted in exchange for review from London Box Office, all views and opinions are my own*