Matilda the musical has been at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal for the last few weeks, and I am so sad I didn’t get to watch this as a child.
I got invited to attend on a press ticket in January, and I’m so grateful. I was previously part of the Theatre Royal’s Blogger Programme, and have been visiting the Theatre since I was earning enough to buy my own tickets.
This was the first musical I’ve taken Matt to see, and I’m glad. The humour, sharp wit, and Matilda’s sense of wrong and right make for such a unique show.
I really enjoyed the shows. The songs are catchy and stuck in your head, they gave a much loved classic a really original spin. Here are a few of the reasons I would recommend the show;
1) The set is incredibly detailed. The show is framed by Scrabble tile like letter boxes, which spell out key words from the story. As the play goes on, it’s like a word search as they appear before your eyes.
2) The choreography is something else. Be it the alphabet the older students compose on the gates of Crunchem Hall, of the swings in When I Grow Up.
3)The Trunchball is equal parts hilarious and terrifying. I didn’t go into this thinking i would enjoy a song about The Chokey
4) The Children are so incredibly talented.
5) The songs are catchy. Just mentioning the show in work the next morning resulted in two of my colleagues, unprompted breaking into Revolting Children. I am still humming When I Grow Up and Miracle.
6) The story about The Escapologist & The Acrobat had me crying. It’s beautifully told, and terribly bitter sweet.
The only change I would want, would be for the show to last longer. I would have loved to see a bit more of the story, but not enough for any part of the play to be removed.
The show is in Plymouth until February 16th (Saturday), and with a handful of £10 tickets at each show for 16-25 year olds.
(For anyone suffering withdrawal like symptoms, the Matilda film with Mara Wilson is currently on Netflix)
[The tickets were gifted by the Theatre Royal, but the words and opinions are all my own. Photos are courtesy of]