Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W


From 4,243 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging

About the show

The Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's book, 'Matilda' is the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. More…

'Matilda' is the story of an extraordinary little girl who overcomes rotten parents, a terrifying school, and a vicious head mistress...and proves that even if you're little, you can do big things. Based on the beloved children's book by Roald Dahl, 'Matilda' is a new musical that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dares to change her destiny.

2h 30m | Already closed | Shubert Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (4243)


Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging
Avg Score

Great staging, Funny, Fun, Surprising

See it if fun solid show for the whole family. Great music, story and performances.

Don't see it if you don't care for children's themes

Enchanting, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy sweet stories of an underdog rising above challenges. The music is lovely and the story is very sweet.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals targeted or starring children. This is a show that can be enjoyed by all though.

Delightful, Quirky, Must see, Original, Entertaining

See it if You want to see one of the best musicals ever! Great story line. Beautiful songs that have meaning and resonate with young and old.

Don't see it if You can't remember what it was like to be a kid.

Entertaining, Great staging, Funny

See it if you like dark comedies. A clever interpretation of a classic story.

Don't see it if kids performing is not your thing.

Entertaining, Great staging, Clever

See it if Adaption of Dahl's gothic children's story admirably keeps disquieting tone despite 'happy' ending. Warchus' staging is real star here

Don't see it if With over-amplification & British accents, Minchin's Tony nominated lyrics often lost; book often loses its way in Act II

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if you want to see something clever, fun and touching, enjoy well-staged shows, are a fan of the Roald Dahl book or the prior film

Don't see it if you can't stand children (esp talented ones), don't enjoy satire, don't like quirky musicals that defy some rules

Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing, Loud

See it if You like British comedy. You enjoy witty dialogue. You like modern musicals. You like shows with a bit of an edge.

Don't see it if You don't like loud musicals. You don't like musicals with children. You prefer more traditional Broadway musicals.

Dahl's subversive anti-authority, anti-know nothing tale solidly brought to life through musical

See it if you enjoy high-spirited song/dance, charming child actors, "hissable" villain Trunchbull, clever/whimsical set exalting literacy

Don't see it if /since none of the songs will have life after this musical/unlike Annie, though ending is "Spring Awaken" rousing, remainder is workmanlike

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Must see

See it if you love a great score and wonderful set design, or are a kid at heart.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or kids.

Great staging, Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You want a family musical that is edgier than the usual fare.

Don't see it if You think you're going to see the next Billy Elliot. This is not that.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Banal, Loud

See it if You are curious to see it. I had loved the book and the movie of Matilda but not this. To me it was simply loud and unpleasant.

Don't see it if You don't like loud musicals.

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if First, If you like the movie, you like the play. The music score is good and the acting is good too. Its not 100% like the movie.

Don't see it if If you don't have a kid side, and hate musicals and dancing.

Overrated, Intense, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are not disturbed by shows that show serious abuse of children.

Don't see it if you want to see a sweet show that focusing on the antics of disadvantaged children. This is not a sweet show !

Cute, Funny

See it if you are looking for some light entertainment and want to see something cute and fun. You will be impressed by the actors young and old.

Don't see it if you were looking for something more serious, profound and mature

Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great staging, Clever

See it if You enjoy well made musicals from well loved stories. And Tim Minchin's music is funny and poignant.

Don't see it if You dislike fun.

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You have a kid that you want to bring to a Broadway show.

Don't see it if Little kids singing and dancing and child abusers set your teeth on edge.

Slow, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you lilke young actors and enjoy nice singing.

Don't see it if you want to see a quality and entertaining show.

Dark, Great writing, Entertaining, Intense, Overrated

See it if you loved the book or the movie and would like to see an excellently staged adaptation. The children are all very talented.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light-hearted show for all ages. Skip this and see SCHOOL OF ROCK instead.

Also Honestly, if this show was around when I was a kid, I don't think I wo... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Original

See it if want a well-created​ production that is entertaining and engaging

Don't see it if you don't​ have an imagination

Ambitious, Entertaining, Overrated, Delightful, Cliched

See it if you enjoy stories from your youth transferred to the stage

Don't see it if screaming kids annoy you

Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Quirky, Clever

See it if You want to see a musical about children that is not cutesy or condescending. Excellent performances by all.

Don't see it if If you have a problem understanding children with British accents. Second act has a few slow spots.

Clever, Original, Great staging, Great acting, Dark

See it if you like a dark children's fairy tale. The children they find for Matilda are amazingly talented and carry the show.

Don't see it if you're thinking of bringing small children; this might be a bit scary for kids under 8.

Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Hilarious, Clever

See it if Delightfully funny musical with wildly talented kid actors, catchy songs, quirky characters; really fun. Captures the essence of Roald Dahl.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Roald Dahl or of musicals.

Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Enchanting, Fun!

See it if You are love Rahl Dahl, and want to see a great book as a near perfect musical. It was charming, silly and poignant. A definite must see!

Don't see it if want a heavy drama, don't like musicals. Want a sweeping score. - The score is perfect for the show, but doesn't hold up as well alone.

Masterful, Great singing, Hilarious, Great acting, Must see

See it if BIG, visually-dazzling shows excite & entertain you. This is a HUGE magnificent production that should have never closed. Amazing kids!

Don't see it if you don't like kids, period. I never saw the movie & don't care to after experiencing the live musical. Must-see; will hopefully return.

April 11th, 2013
"Rejoice, my theatergoing comrades. The children’s revolution has arrived on these shores, and it is even more glorious than we were promised. Matilda works with astonishing slyness and grace to inculcate us with its radical point of view. It is about words and language, books and stories. It’s a...
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April 11th, 2013
"Matilda is a kids’ musical, not a musical that happens to be about a kid. As such, its attractions may be limited to younger spectators and die-hard Dahl fans. That would be a pity, since Matilda is wickedly smart and wildly fun; if your rotten mum or dad won’t go, I suggest nicking their wallet...
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April 12th, 2013
"Matilda is an irresistible, whiz-bang musical, especially in its ingenious staging, which is like a cabinet of wonders constantly opening in unexpected ways.'
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April 29th, 2013
"Directed with head-spinning alacrity...all the principals are stalwart and right-minded in their work, and that only adds to the strength and the wildness of the show, which you can’t put on pause. Nor would you want to."
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