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Matilda The Musical
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Matilda The Musical
Date: 14/07/12, updated on 16/07/12 (63 review reads)
Advantages: Cast, Music, Effects, Script
Disadvantages: I haven't seen it enough times!
I persuaded my family to go with me to see Matilda the Musical, to much dismay from them as they were all expecting a show for young children. As we are all above the age of 18, they really didn't understand why I wanted to go, but after hearing great things from friends who had seen the show, and having been a massive fan of the book and film as a child, I had to see what all the fuss was about.
As we entered the theatre, my family's dread just increased, as we found ourselves in a room full of children's squiggles, chalkboards with childish jokes on and what in my eyes were brilliant decorations perfectly chosen in combination for the show, but in their's, confirmation that they were about to watch a boring show designed for young kids.
The set itself was spectacular, with alphabet blocks surrounding the proscenium arch, spelling out words, sometimes spelt incorrectly. The theatre was understandably full of families, but also many couples and groups of just adults. Still no comfort was to be found for my family, who had already decided they would hate it.
How wrong they were. My 22 year old sister sat before the show started with a forced look of disgust, but within 20 minutes this had turned into a massive smile. The same smile was apparent on the faces of the entire theatre, as everyone had realised there was something truly special about this show.
The cast were nothing short of superb. The girl playing Matilda was absolutely phenomenal, definitely worthy of the Best Actress in a Musical Olivier Award she jointly received with the other Matildas. The rest of the children were incredible also, and never before have I seen such talent from people so young. Normally when I go to a show with younger cast members, I don't expect too much, as while they will of course be better than the average for their age, you can't expect them to be flawless. But these kids were. Every one of them managed to have the whole theatre laughing, they were completely professional, and their talent was astounding. The RSC have certainly found the best for these parts. Bertie Carvel as Trunchbull was absolutely hilarious. I was expecting the part to be played similiarly to Pam Ferris' film portrayal, but I was wrong. Bertie found Trunchbull's insecurities, playing her much more delicately to hilarious effect. He filled the musical with even more laugh out loud moments. Mr Wormwood gave another stand out performance. None of the cast let anyone down though, and they were all perfect for their roles.
The effects were also brilliant, with Trunchbull's attacks on the students being made into huge theatrical events and quickly building a fantastic atmosphere. The music was catchy, fun and suited the show. The choreography was exciting, and brought out the best in all of the actors. I haven't seen such brilliant choreography amongst a cast made up of mostly youngsters in a long, long time. The script was great, funny but also delicate and beautiful.
I really cannot find a single fault in this show. It surpassed all of mine and my family's expectations, and I came out of the theatre already knowing I would have to go again. The RSC have made something really special here, and I hope that it remains on the West End for many years to come. It deserves to. Don't be put off thinking it is a show just for families with young children. There's a reason Matilda won so many awards at the Olivier's this year, and I think everyone who has seen this spectacular show would have to agree that it deserves every single one.
Summary: Very special
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