Matilda The Musical (West End)
Open run 2h 40m
Matilda The Musical (West End)

Matilda The Musical (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

(278 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Funny, Enchanting

About the Show

A magical stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's popular children's book. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards.

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Member Reviews (278)

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234 Reviews | 111 Followers
Fluffy, Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if If you like kids casts who can kick butt on stage. A lot of points to them. Strong show for a young audience. Generally good fun.

Don't see it if I saw this when it was hugely hyped, so I’m not sure if my expectations were too high. I wasn’t a fan of the songs. I found them forgettable

104 Reviews | 11 Followers
Great staging, Slow, Clever

See it if you want to see a show that's relatively true to the classic movie, with a great original score by Tim Minchin and some innovative staging.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of shows with a load of child actors or indeed, you don't have the patience for a theatre filled with children.

106 Reviews | 10 Followers
Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to hear brilliant lyrics and a great adaptation of a classic

Don't see it if You dislike children or the source material.

88 Reviews | 10 Followers
Riveting, Refreshing, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love the film or just like being happy

Don't see it if you don't like musicals with lots of kids in it

69 Reviews | 6 Followers

See it if you have a child and it's the first thing they ever see

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68 Reviews | 6 Followers
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if a good movie to musical adaptation. go for a fun, light show.

Don't see it if bit slow in some parts, only a few memorable songs.

67 Reviews | 6 Followers
Indulgent, Slow, Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You like children singing and don't mind some miss dialogue and if you love anything twee

Don't see it if You want great acting or deep plots

54 Reviews | 3 Followers
Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want something fun, not to emotional or deep to transport you to a different world for a couple of hours with some fun music.

Don't see it if You want a more thought provoking show.

Critic Reviews (9)

The Stage (UK)
March 16th, 2018

"Warchus’ peerless spectacularly staged. It feels both intimate and larger-than-life as we see the world through the unique prism of the older-than-her-years Matilda, a voracious reader and loner who is neglected by her parents...The expertly drilled cast of youngsters playing Matilda’s friends are playful and bring an infectious sense of fun and jeopardy to a show that is full of both qualities."
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Time Out London
January 1st, 2012

"As for the children, they are irresistible, stomping and skipping through Peter Darling's angular choreography, thrilling young audiences and push-pulling grown-ups from tears to gasps to laughter with such relentless energy that it leaves you breathless, exhilarated and marvelling at the many ways in which Minchin, Kelly, and Dahl demonstrate that growing up is a lifelong endeavour. For kids, yes, but also for the children that we all remain at heart, this is wise, wicked, glorious fun."
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The Guardian (UK)
November 25th, 2011

"Writer Dennis Kelly and composer and lyricist Tim Minchin go to the top of the class with this anarchically joyous, gleefully nasty and ingenious musical adaptation...It captures all the original's delicious nastiness...but it also celebrates the solace of books and the transforming powers of the imagination...The production has a razor-sharp tongue-in-cheek edge...Seldom has the inner rage of the hurt and powerless child been so effectively dramatised."
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The London Evening Standard
November 25th, 2011

"At the heart of this satisfyingly fresh adaptation of a cherished Roald Dahl story are Australian comedian Tim Minchin's music and lyrics, which ooze humour without veering towards smugness...This is true family entertainment. Children will enjoy its blissful mix of fantasy and irreverence and adults will savour it for these same reasons as well as a host of different ones. This generous, big-hearted piece is already being spoken of as one of the best new British musicals in years."
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Financial Times (UK)
November 26th, 2011

"The creative team behind this RSC musical (first seen in Stratford last year) pitches the tone beautifully. They catch Dahl’s peppery, mischievous, dark imagination and tell his story of the gifted Matilda, her ghastly parents and her wicked headmistress with real zest. They create a show that appeals to children with its monsters and mess, and to adults with its message that reading is cool...On transfer, it has become overly shrill in places...But it’s still dark, daring and a lot of fun."
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The Telegraph (UK)
November 25th, 2011

"It is the best new British musical since 'Billy Elliot'...Dennis Kelly, who has adapted Roald Dahl’s famous story for the stage, has previously been responsible for some of the most violent and depressing plays I have ever endured. Here, in a spectacular transformation, he has discovered joy, humour and tenderness, and his script actually improves and deepens Dahl’s original...Matthew Warchus’s thrilling, warm-hearted production...constantly combines comedy with a sense of wonder."
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London Theatre
November 24th, 2011

So, I would not go quite as far as my neighbour in describing it as 'brilliant', but Matilda the Musical is nevertheless hugely enjoyable and cracking Christmas fun.
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The Arts Desk
November 25th, 2011

How they get such performances from such youngsters is the RSC’s own miracle. Mind you, they’ve got form on their side: Les Misérables anyone? Matilda might just have similar legs.
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