Matilda the Musical - London Cambridge Theatre

On the 25th April 2019, I went to see Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre in London.

Before the show started, I looked at the set. On the stage were seven lit-up, floating squares. Each one had a letter on and they spelt out the word ‘Matilda’. I like the set around the stage as it gave you something to look at in the interval and while you were waiting for the show to begin. When you first glanced at the stage, there were just squares with random letters on, but the more you looked, the more words you found, words like joy and sharks and beastly. After seeing the show we realised that these were all words from the story that Matilda tells. Someone must have spent a LONG time making it, but I think it would be worth it as it’s lots of fun trying to spot words. 

The show itself was amazing and had incredible actors with stunning voices, even the children! Matilda herself was utterly spectacular, and received a well-deserved standing ovation form the entire audience at the end. The songs in the show, including ‘Naughty’, ‘Miracle’ and ‘When I Grow Up’, brought life to the performance, making it magical, and filled me with happiness, excitement and belief.

My favourite scenes in the musical were the one where Bruce ate Miss Trunbchbull’s chocolate cake, featuring the song ‘Bruce’, and the one when Amanda Thripp was thrown across the theatre and fell off of the higher seats (it was a dummy). Another breathtaking scene was the one when Miss Trunchbull said she would throw them all in The Choky and the room was filled with thrilling lights like lasers. Also. There were parts of songs when the older students appeared in the two elaborately-decorated boxes on either side of the stage to sing. Another scene that I loved to watch was when the brilliant young actress playing Lavender came onto the stage to tell us about the newt she was planning to put in Miss Trunchbull’s drink, but she kept trying to stop herself from yelling us, which made me laugh.

The musical is written beautifully, with lots of funny parts, as well as several rather sad parts. The set is incredible, and so are the lights and sound. The costumes are amazing and suited each role perfectly. There are stunning actors with awesome voices, too.

If you were thinking of going, you can see clearly from all seats, but it’s even better to sit on the end of a row, like I did, because the actors often walk down the middle of the audience.

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