Matilda The Musical will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the last theatre trip I had before I went to uni. A couple of days before moving north, Mum and I spent the day in London and ended it with a trip to see the show at the Cambridge Theatre, and I loved it. I’ve been meaning to return ever since but it’s never really worked out for me, until it went on tour. Kicking off at the Leicester Curve, followed by Dublin and Sunderland, Matilda The Musical UK Tour is playing at Milton Keynes Theatre until the end of June and the folks of Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas are in for a treat.
Based on the much-loved Roald Dahl tale, Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon in November 2010 before opening on the West End in October 2011. Having won 7 Olivier Awards in London, and 4 Tony Awards on the other side of the Atlantic, Matilda The Musical has been a smash.
Matilda The Musical has been written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. Following the story of Matilda Wormwood, a girl who loves learning unlike her family who are far more interested in looks and material things, she must use her powers for good.
Giving brilliantly comic performance, I adored Sebastien Torkia and Matthew Caputo‘s relationship as Mr and Michael Wormwood respectively, with Rebecca Thornhill‘s passion for dance as Mrs Wormwood shining through. Carly Thomas captured Miss Honey’s compassion and sensitively beautifully, with Craig Els‘ terrifying Miss Trunchbull left me desperate for more stage time from him.
Aside from the young cast who I will come to shortly, Steffan Lloyd-Evans as The Escapologist gave a standout performance for me. He kept his vocal talents firmly under wraps during his time at The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, but I’m so glad he’s been given the chance to shine in Matilda The Musical.
The proscenium arch at the Cambridge Theatre is one of the most spectacular arches in the West End, and I had no idea how they would recreate this for the tour, but they truly brought the magic of the London home on tour. The set was just as impressive at Milton Keynes Theatre as it was in the West End, and I was blown away by the intricacies that the company have brought on tour with them. It was a true spectacle that has to be seen to be believed.
This was a vocally stunning production, with the live orchestra beautifully. The choreography was out of this world and the cast had the most energy I’ve ever seen from a group of actors. The young cast members are a credit to their drama schools and their families, outperforming many other actors I’ve seen at Milton Keynes Theatre in recent months. For such an inexperienced cast, it was such a slick production and I had a ball.
If you haven’t got your tickets booked for Matilda The Musical Tour yet then what are you waiting for? As impressive as its West End sister, you’ve got to catch it on the road! I’m definitely considering a return trip to experience the wonder of this magical cast once more.
Matilda The Musical is running until 30th June (excluding Sundays, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees), and tickets are available here.