If, like me, you still love to stick your head in a book and long to remember the days you could read for hours unencumbered by the worries of the world then get along and see Matilda The Musical, a kindred spirit’s story writ large across the Southampton stage.
For many parents unable to travel to London, this is their opportunity to take children to Matilda The Musical for the first time, and it’s impossible not to get swept up in the excitement upon arriving at the theatre.
It’s no wonder Matilda The Musical has managed to stand its ground in the West End; it’s a sheer delight for adults and children alike, brimming with optimism and a clear sense of right and wrong.
Stories rule in the RSC’s brilliant production of Matilda The Musical in an adaptation which feels properly true to the spirit of its Roald Dahl original – complete with dangerous spikes and revolting children.
There’s a lot we can learn from her – so to celebrate the show’s (almost) eighth birthday, here are eight ways we can all #BeMoreMatilda…
Children are maggots, worms, vipers and disgusting little blisters. Matilda The Musical, the multi-award-winning stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s magical book, opened at Milton Keynes Theatre and captured our hearts.
The joy of Matilda is not just that it celebrates cleverness, not just that it delights in naughtiness, but that it sees each as the essence of the other. All the joy in life is in bringing both together.
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’?
Matilda is THE family musical of this generation and a must-see for musical theatre aficionados for Minchin’s score alone. The fun and mischief are infectious and I can’t remember the last time I smiled this much at the theatre.
Upon reaching 70 this year, Andrew Lloyd Webber is clearly in a reflective mood and hot on the heels of his autobiography Unmasked released last week, comes this new compilation album Unmasked: The Platinum Collection.
Child casting has been announced for the first five venues of the upcoming UK & Ireland tour of Matilda the Musical, which launches from Leicester Curve on 5 March 2018.
It is rare that I feel so completely out of kilter with the general reception for a show to the extent that I did with Groundhog Day.
Today, the Royal Shakespeare Company announces that its multi award-winning production of MATILDA The Musical will embark on a UK and Ireland tour in 2018-2019.
Reuniting many of the high wattage talents behind Matilda, new musical Groundhog Day is a slickly produced, crowd-pleasing show in the best Broadway tradition. Multi-talented Australian writer/performer Tim Minchin unveiled his seemingly instant talent for music theatre composition with the instantly hummable, sneakily subversive music and lyrics for Matilda.
Several shows in the running for this year’s Olivier Awards, announced next Sunday 9 April, are also recognised this week in the third-annual Also Recognised Awards – in some notably different categories.
Even without trying, I end up being contrary! The Critics’ Circle Awards have announced their winners for 2016 and as I cast my eyes down the list, I was amused to see that their best new play and best musical – The Flick and Groundhog Day – were shows that I did not hugely enjoy.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was the big winner at this year’s Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards, taking home three prizes, while elsewhere Glenda Jackson, Billie Piper and Stephen Dillane all won acting prizes.
Sometimes, however much you like the genre, a musical fails to capture your imagination or engage you in the way it should. So maybe it’s my fault that Kinky Boots comes over as trite, derivative, musically juvenile, borderline offensive in its camp stereotyping, and wholly unworthy of a West End stage.
This instalment of my theatregoing recommendations could be called not just my musicals diary but my musicals-on-my-doorstep diary. All three shows – Children of Eden, Allegro and Groundhog Day – are playing at what I consider neighbourhood theatres, within five to ten minutes’ walk of my front door.
Ahead of celebrations for its fifth birthday in the West End this autumn and Roald Dahl’s centenary on 13 September, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi award-winning production of Matilda The Musical has announced that Sara Sheen and Abbie Vena will join Zaris-Angel Hator and Clara Read in the title role from 13 September 2016.
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