Matilda - Tim Minchin
Matilda is a stage musical adapted from the beloved Roald Dahl's children's novel. With a stage adaptation penned by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, the story introduces us to Matilda, a headstrong 5-year-old girl who can move objects with her mind. The gift of telekinesis helps her counter the nasty aspects of her school and family life with often amusing results. With the help of her loving teacher, she is able to be the little girl who loves reading and rid herself of her destructive family.
Matilda - History
The show was launched at Stratford-Upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company and ran from November 2010 to January 2011. Matilda premiered on 24 November 2011 at the Cambridge Theatre. The Shubert Theatre was the venue for its first Broadway show. The show has been very popular and received critical praise, winning no less than seven 2012 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and holds the record for the most ever won. The show won five Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. In total, the show has won 70 international awards.
Lyrics for the songs performed in the show were penned especially for the stage play and in this way life is given to the horrid Miss Trunchbull, delightful Miss Honey and precocious Matilda Wormwood. Through songs and vibrant dialogue, the show allows us to truly understand the difficulties of growing up unappreciated and feeling different, proving that somebody loves all of us.
The show contains an excellent repertoire of songs and music including "Naughty" sung by Matilda, the exciting "School Song" sung by the school children, and the "The Hammer" by the daunting Miss Trunchbull, Miss Honey and the school children and "The Chokey Chant".
One of the most memorable scenes from the show focuses on the greedy Bruce Bogtrotter making short work of Miss Trunchbull’s chocolate cake. The song rises to a crescendo where the kids are cheering him on to finish the whole cake. The song is addictive and makes the whole audience want to cheer for the boy. Equally touching are the scenes involving the friendship between Matilda and Miss Honey, where she tells the little girl about the death of her father.
Similar Musicals for Children
If you've booked Matilda Tickets why not arrange more entertainment for the year? The kids will love seeing Beauty and the Beast or why not treat the family to the award-winning Annie?