Carrying on with my series on classic shows, today I’m looking at Matilda. Theatre Breaks to see this show are popular with all ages. It is a great choice for a family theatre break or to see with groups of friends.
Roald Dahl wrote the original story of course and many of us have seen and enjoyed the film. Music adds a new dimension (not to mention Tim Minchin’s great lyrics!) and the whole story comes to life on the Cambridge Theatre stage. This RSC production has been popular for theatre breaks since it first opened. It has won lots of awards including Best New Musical, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.
Matilda the Musical- the story
In this classic Roald Dahl tale, Matilda is a cruelly neglected child with hidden, and quite magical, powers. Her life is made miserable by her awful parents. Her mother and father are truly dreadful and see no value at all in their bookish daughter. At school the intelligent child is terrified of the outrageously vile headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. The only light in Matilda’s life is spending time with her teacher, Miss Honey. However, Matilda is definitely the heroine of the tale and it is she who must battle evil and save her favourite grown-up not vice versa!
So there you have it, a typical Roald Dahl story where the main heroic character is a child who must take on evil to save themselves and those they love. What this misses out of course is that the ‘evil’ characters also bring lots of humour to the story. The show is full of laughter and like all Roald Dahl can be enjoyed on many levels.
Matilda the Musical- the music
The music and lyrics for the show were written by Tim Minchin. You probably know him better as a talented stand up comedian. He has brought all of that madcap, creative talent to the show. Just watch this video from the Oliviers in 2012 to see what I mean:
Book Matilda Theatre Breaks
There are lots of possible Matilda theatre breaks packages on our Readers Offers site. You can choose from rail, coach or self-drive breaks and stay in a range of inner, or outer London hotels. Have a look and see what you fancy.