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Opened: 25 Oct 2011
Booking from: 28 May 2017
Booking until: 27 May 2018
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes

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  • jameshawkins 5 reviews 1 helpful vote
    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
  • 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
  • jennagrimwade 1 review 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Matilda the Musical, 20th November 2016
    Matilda has always been a book, movie and now a musical that has held such a special piece of my heart. Growing up, Miss Honey was the person I wanted to be, she emitted everything good in this world and she was the friend I needed. Then when I went to see the musical, the expectations I had for the role of Miss Honey were unfairly high. However, I saw Biancha Szynal bring this character to life so perfectly in front of me and I sat in the theatre, on my own and cried. Biancha's portrayal of such an important character was flawless! I couldn't fault her even if I tried and I wouldn't want to! Biancha wasn't just playing Miss Honey, she was Miss Honey. Such amazing singing and perfect acting! I fully intend to go back and see Biancha as Miss Honey again! The whole cast were so perfectly suited for their roles and I absolutely loved every second, but because Miss Honey is so special to me, this role stuck out the most and I'm so happy I was lucky enough to see it for myself.
    The seat itself was very comfortable! I could see all of the stage except the front row of the stalls, but that's mainly because I'm a short ass and there were taller people in front. But the seat was amazing!
  • susannahrosemn 5"3 female 97 reviews 3 helpful votes
    80% total rating Matilda the Musical, 9th May 2017
    This is the second time I have seen Matilda, and I actually liked it less than the first time! I absolutely adore the children, the technical aspects and the genius songs, but I find there to be some lacklustre performances amongst the adult leads. Craig Els is a sensational Miss Trunchbull, however, and provides a LOT of laughs. This particular Matilda is brilliant, as is Bruce Bogtrotter. It's a show that's totally worth seeing, as it's one of the best technical shows in the West End right now. I think it's perhaps better to see the show on a weekend, rather than midweek.
    A decent seat located around the centre of the Dress Circle. This seat is in the block on the right hand side of the auditorium when facing the stage, but gives a very central overall view of the stage without any restrictions. There's a decent enough rake to ensure that whoever is in front of you will not obstruct the view. Despite this, I find that the Cambridge Theatre is incredibly vast, and I struggled to see facial expressions from here. Comfort is pretty average (be aware that the seats are very squeaky) and legroom is OK, however I could have done with a tad more and I am only 5'3". Would probably sit here again for this show though, as you get an excellent overall view of the stage.
    F9 Dress Circle - Cambridge Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle F9
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+