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London, WC2H 9HU
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Opened: 25 Oct 2011
Booking from: 23 Sep 2017
Booking until: 27 May 2018
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes

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  • jameshawkins 5 reviews 2 helpful votes
    60% total rating Matilda the Musical, 13th August 2014
    The reviews for this show have been amazing, and I had wanted to see it since it opened in Stratford. My sister and I brought our tickets a year in advance, and had both been so excited to see this show. On leaving the theatre, we both agreed that it was completely underwhelming and that it was not worth the wait or money. I think if you have children with you, then it is perfect. It's all quite panto, and there was nothing in it that gripped my attention/that I related to. There wasn't anyone in the adult cast that really stuck out for being great (in my opinion). I know that a lot of the actors in it are VERY talented (from their previous work), and I thought it was a shame that this show didn't showcase what they can really do. The children on the other hand are quite amazing, I was really impressed with what they were doing. Although I though the direction in some scenes led them to be a little overly sickly/irritating. I understand that this is the point in some of the scenes, but I thought it was a bit too much. Miss Honey's character is completely 2D, and although I felt like they had tried to pad her out a bit, she was like a complete wet fish. I'm still unsure as to whether this was down to the actress I saw play her, or how she was written. I really like the film, but the musical is quite different... Not necessarily in a bad way though. The songs are all okay, some are quite clever, but I thought that all in all they were a bit Vanilla. The opening was strong, but other than that there wasn't any 'wow' moments. The set was really good, I liked how bright and colourful it was. The story went on for a bit too long in my opinion, and I also thought that some scenes were completely un-needed, namely most of the Escapologist's scenes in act 2. I would not see this show again, and I would not recommend anyone to see it.
    Sat in Stalls N17
    The view was really great. Completely central, with an uninterrupted view. We were far away enough to take everything in, but still close enough to see the actor's/actor's facial expressions clearly.
    N17 Stalls - Cambridge Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls N17
  • ianwarde 5"5 male 4 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Matilda the Musical, 16th August 2017
    I had wanted to see Matilda for many years, and wasn't remotely disappointed after finally doing so. This is a family friendly Musical that is full of humour (recommended for ages 6+). There is some content that may perhaps go over children’s heads, but nothing that is unsuitable. The performances in the show were all outstanding, especially the children, who were all completely on point. Eva-Marie Saffrey played the part of Matilda at the performance that I attended, and she was a total revelation. The songs (Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin) were all deliciously wordy and quirky and fitted the narrative perfectly (book by Dennis Kelly). The stage design and sets were ingenious, with the motif of children's wooden building blocks used repeatedly throughout (and throughout the auditorium). The wooden backdrops made the large splashes of colour stand out vividly and gave the whole production a wonderful 'storybook' feel. The show is a delight from start to finish, so much so, that I didn't want it to end. I would urge all theatre lovers to see this show at least once. What may be considered a children’s show, is in fact a heartwarming tale of childhood that everyone should be able to take something from.
    This is an aisle seat, on the front row, central section of the Dress Circle. The seat is comfortable and high enough to give a full, unobstructed view of the full stage and lower front portion of the stalls (where some of the show takes place). There is a safety rail to the left of the seat but this does not in any way affect the view. I found the legroom in this seat to be more than adequate, and for taller customers there is the option of sitting slightly side on to use the aisle for extra legroom. This is a premium seat and priced as such (I paid £95), but offers unrivalled views of the whole production. I would highly recommend this seat.
  • laurenbyrne-fraser 3 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Matilda the Musical, 11th June 2016
    Roald Dahl’s timeless story of everyone’s favourite bookworm burst into the West End in 2011 and continues to wow audiences both in London and across the globe. Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin have successfully transposed the characters from page to stage with consideration and respect to Dahl’s original book whilst injecting it with a score of songs that you’ll be humming for weeks. The complex sets were effortlessly interchanged and helped land the audience right in the room with Matilda as she struggled to see eye to eye with her materialistic parents and her devilish new head teacher. Yet the respectful script, endearing songs and sublime stage production takes a back row seat when compared with the phenomenal talent of the cast. There wasn’t a single moment where one of the children missed a cue, stammered a line or dropped out of character for even a second. I know this is the West End and professionalism is everything but most of those kids are under 12. At times it’s easy to forget their acting. As for Matilda herself, to be able to act, sing and dance that well for a whole show is just remarkable. Her timing and stage presence was as good as other critically acclaimed performers that are twenty years older than her. The standing audience at the end of the show clapped and cheered, all whilst shaking their heads as they wondered how someone so young can be so talented. It’s not right!
    I had a great view of the set!
    D10 Dress Circle - Cambridge Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle D10
  • alanmoore 15 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Matilda the Musical, 10th September 2017
    Matilda is a beautiful piece of theatre with a fantastic score written by Tim Minchin. I saw the last show of the 2016/17 cast and it was just brilliant. The children are super too - but what makes the show is the attention to detail with lighting/props/staging!
    Sat in Stalls H5
    This is a full price Stalls seat to the right hand side of the auditorium. The Stalls seats are well placed and you have a good view of the whole stage from this seat. There is enough 'slope' on the stalls to enable a good view. The legroom is fine for the seat and the seats are pretty comfy overall. You get to see all of the effects of the show extremely well from the Stalls seats!
    H5 Stalls - Cambridge Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls H5
To experience the truly breath taking magic of the Matilda set, we would recommend sitting towards the front of the Stalls where some of the very best tickets can be found. Those sitting close to the central aisle may be in for a treat too!
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Adapted from Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel of the same name, the story of Matilda has been transformed into a widely praised stage musical filled with all the imagination one would expect from the story’s title character, becoming one of the hottest tickets in town.

Following a highly successful run at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon between December 2010 and January 2011, the Royal Shakespeare Company transferred their band new production of Matilda to the Cambridge Theatre. The show has remained at the venue since it began previews in October 2011 and, having won a record breaking number of Laurence Olivier Awards, remains one of the hottest tickets in the West End.

Like the book, the stage version of Matilda focuses on the title character, her creative mind and her special abilities. Unfortunately for Matilda, she is somewhat of an outsider in her family, who are self-obsessed con artists. Failing to get the parental love, support and attention she needs, Matilda lives a somewhat lonely early life. That is until she starts school and meets her friendly and understanding teacher, Miss Honey, who sees Matilda for the gifted child she truly is.

Unfortunately, school isn’t even the safe haven that Matilda thought it might be due to her dictator like headmistress, Miss Trunchball, who believes “children are worms” and should be punished should they fall out of line. Can Matilda and her friends overthrow the matriarch and make school the happy place it should be?

One of the most striking elements to the show is Rob Howell’s set design, that spills into the audience and manages to captures ones imagination throughout the entire performance.

Matilda features an inspiring original score by comedian and performer, Tim Minchin. Songs such as “When I Grow Up,” “Naughty” and “Revolting Children” are particularly stand out, as is the shows accompanying choreography, imaginatively created by Peter Darling.
Matilda is widely praised as one of the best shows currently running in the West End and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Fans of productions such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion King and Hetty Feather will love this show and should definitely get tickets.

Please note that children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Age Recommendations: Recommended for children 6+