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Life lessons from musicals: Why we should all ‘be more Matilda’

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Olivia MitchellLeave a Comment

Plenty to choose from but the twitter tag that really stood out to me was Be More Matilda. Despite being the smallest leading lady in the West End, Matilda is certainly inspiring, and the show as a whole has this wonderfully motivating story. So why should you choose to ‘Be More Matilda’?

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FROM DOWN UNDER: Matilda dominates 2016 Helpmann Nominations

In Australia, Awards, International, Musicals, News, Opera by Simon ParrisLeave a Comment

Highly original import Matilda swept the music theatre categories with twelve nominations, including James Millar as Miss Trunchbull, Tim Minchin for Original Score, and all eight Sydney and Melbourne actresses who have played the title character. Actors Daniel Frederiksen (Mr Wormwood) and Else McCann (Miss Honey) were also nominated, making the absence of fabulous actress Marika Aubrey (Mrs Wormwood) a fairly noticeable snub. A sweep of the awards on the night seems very likely for Matilda.

MATILDA – Sydney, Australia

In Australia, Musicals, Reviews by Simon ParrisLeave a Comment

Music theatre lovers rejoice! The sea of revivals has parted to deliver a bona fide world hit, and the Australian production is a dream come true.

Wickedly subversive, endlessly inventive and as funny as it is moving, Matilda is sheer joy for adults and children, boys and girls alike. Dennis Kelly’s book deftly sidesteps the inherent risk of saccharine sentimentality in children’s stories with elements of horror and fantasy on par with the qualities have ensured ongoing affection for films such as The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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Have you voted yet in the West End Wilma Awards? Here’s why I have

In Awards, Features, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

I voted in the inaugural West End Wilma Awards this morning – and experienced an intense feeling of déjà vu. My own awards past Fourteen years ago, I founded the WhatsOnStage Awards almost by accident. That year, when the Olivier Awards released its shortlists in January, I published them on the website and invited people […]