Matilda The Musical (London)
Open run 2h 40m
Matilda The Musical (London)
83

Matilda The Musical (London) London Reviews and Tickets

83%
(120 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
10%
Negative
2%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Great staging

About the Show

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

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52 Reviews | 1 Follower
77
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.

45 Reviews | 1 Follower
95
Fun, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love a wild, clever well-staged musical full of talented children

Don't see it if You can’t willingly suspend your disbelief of fantastical phenomena

38 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Must see

See it if You like magical joyous musicals

Don't see it if N/A

32 Reviews | 1 Follower
95
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if you want to be blown away by a talented cast of kids singing Tim Minchin songs.

Don't see it if you hate kids in shows.

31 Reviews | 1 Follower
81
Funny, Emotional, Clever, Resonant

See it if You want to discover your childhood book in a magical production with incredible kids !

Don't see it if You hate children singing !

30 Reviews | 6 Followers
95
Delightful, Quirky, Great writing, Funny

See it if you like Roald Dahl's book. It's closer to the book than the movie. Very cleverly written lyrics too, expected from Tim Minchin.

Don't see it if you don't like kids. Or Tim Minchin. Also, it may get a bit too dark for kids during a couple of scenes.

29 Reviews | 0 Followers
82
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You want to see a fun show with great music and a timeless story!

Don't see it if Your not a fan of children singing or you want a quiet theatre experience.

29 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Masterful, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Very well done show, true to movie but original, great staging

Don't see it if If you don’t like children singing

Critic Reviews (9)

The Stage (UK)
March 16th, 2018

"Warchus’ peerless production...is 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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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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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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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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