Cambridge Theatre


22 Nov 2011 - 10 Feb 2019

£29.00 - £142.00

Pro reviewers rating
10 reviews

4.7 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
11 reviews

4.7 out of 5.0

An intelligent and imaginative little girl does not fit in with her family members who just want to watch television, whilst she is longing to learn and read. When she pleads to go to school, her parents finally succumb and Matilda finds that school is not what she thought it would be, with the hideous and cruel headmistress Miss Trunchball terrifying anyone who sets foot in the institute.

One day, Matilda learns that she is gifted with much more than being smart, and begins to give the grown-ups a taste of their own medicine.

A brand-new version of Dahl's much-loved story which was also made into a movie in 1996.

(Cast details as from 12 Sept 2017)


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“A fabulous family fizzer. It has strong tunes, witty lyrics and enough ‘eew!’ moments to satisfy the most revolting urchin.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“An intelligent musical... anarchically joyous, gleefully nasty and ingenious... [Kelly and Minchin] go to the top of the class.”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“Hilarious, moving and magical... ... A smashing score that combines take-home melodies with delicious lyrical wit... Glorious.”

Charles Spencer (The Telegraph)

“[A] delicious, treacly-dark family show... leaves you breathless, exhilarated... wise, wicked, glorious fun.”

Caroline McGinn (Time Out)

“Matilda is a gem... a show of rare inventiveness and charm...This is true family entertainment... It seems set to run and run.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“An absolute cracker... bursting with dynamism, fizzing with verve and packed full of slightly naughty children... Fantastic.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Warchus' pyrotechnical production... swings, cartwheels and somersaults... [establishing] a theatrical character of its own.”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Witty and acerbic [with] songs cheeky, stirring and touching by turns [catching] Dahl’s peppery, mischievous, dark imagination.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“A "school's out" exercise in joyous liberation.. many outstanding singing and dancing juniors.. especially good choral numbers.”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

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