"Dennis Kelly's adaptation grips from the start – jokes and numbers come thick and fast – Tim Minchin's lyrics, to his own music, are so good that the temptation to write them down could, at any point, make you miss some extraordinary sight" – The Times
"Tim Minchin's music and lyrics sparkle with wit and energy, demonstrating a touch of genius to rival that of the eponymous Matilda. Complemented by Dennis Kelly's book, they make up a piece which is by turns riotously funny and gut–wrenchingly poignant, all brought vividly to life by Matthew Warchus' masterful direction" – Whatsonstage
About Matilda the Musical
Guinness Book of Records entry for the most Olivier Awards won by any show, Matilda the Musical was nominated in all ten categories in the 2012 Oliviers and broke a 20 year record by taking seven titles including Best New Musical, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. This RSC production of Roald Dahl's famous Matilda has wall to wall rave reviews, with sparkling writing by Dennis Kelly and outstanding songs by the singer/comedian/songwriter Tim Minchin.
Matilda – the story
A sort of Jane Eyre with kids and comedy, this is the classic 'ugly duckling' story of a cruelly neglected child with hidden talents, whose life is made miserable by a variety of worthless individuals, in particular her couch potato mother, dodgy spiv father and the murderous Headmistress Miss Trunchbull. But Matilda is no shrinking violet and is fully prepared to fight back, and there is a silver lining in the form of Miss Honey, who reminds us and Matilda that there is goodness and decency in the world.