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Opened: 25 Oct 2011
Booking from: 24 Feb 2017
Booking until: 17 Dec 2017
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
  • alexwarren1 173cm male 6 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Matilda the Musical, 30th October 2016
    I applaud the child actors in this. You can see the dedication they put in to their roles and how much effort they put in to it. I definitely couldn't have done what they do at their age...especially with the effort they put in. There were a few problems such as props not working and some falls/trips etc, but it doesn't bother me. After all, we can't expect every show to be perfect every time. And the performers are only human...mistakes are natural.
    Sat in Stalls S28
    LEG ROOM: there was plenty leg room for my short legs and it was quite close to the end of the isle so when I needed the toilet I didn't interrupt too many peoples' view. COMFORT: it was a little strenuous on my neck where I had to look diagonal the whole way through. Bit it didn't matter to me. I didn't have the problem of being knocked either as it was a seat at the back. VIEW: due to it being right at the back of the stalls, I would recommend this seat to more of anew verge teen/ adult height as some children next to me found it hard to see with adults in front.
    S28 Stalls - Cambridge Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls S28
  • mandygasson 25 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Matilda the Musical, 23rd February 2017
    If I could give the show more than 5 stars I would!! This was my 5th visit, and it just keeps getting better and better. I am always blown away by the sheer talent of the incredible kids in this show, especially the Matildas!! The adults are amazing too, and I honestly do not think I can fault one part of it, from the acting, the singing, the staging, the scenery, the music and the choreography!!! Phenomenal!!
    Sat in Stalls J24
    The seats are quite narrow so they do feel a bit cramped after a while, but they have some of the best legroom in the West End.
    J24 Stalls - Cambridge Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls J24
To experience the truly breath taking magic of the Matilda set, we would recommend sitting towards the front of the Stalls. 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.

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.
Suitable For
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.

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