I’d heard great things about Matilda so I was absolutely delighted to be surprised on one recent date with tickets to go see it!
As soon as I walked into the theatre, I knew it was going to be a fun show. Blackboards with pictures and witty remarks adorn the walls as you walk up the staircase and in the bar. We decided to make the most of this and enjoyed a drink in the bar before the show.
Matilda tells the story of a girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers. She has to endure her TV-addicted family who constantly make fun of her love for books and try to survive her downright bonkers (and evil) headmistress. Ex-hammer thrower Miss Trunchbull is played by a man in drag and is comedic genius the whole way through. She hates children and delights in throwing one girl around the stage by her pigtails. The children in the show are also excellent and bursting with energy throughout, every song making me want to get up and join in. The set too is nothing short of ingenious with inventive set changes and colourful backdrops. My only complaint about this show is that the seats aren’t as tiered as I would have liked. Not being the tallest girl in the world it meant I had to spend much of the evening peering around someone’s giant head which dampened the experience. However I would still really recommend this show. It’s nothing less than enchanting with an endearing mix of humour and heart – I was gripped from the minute I walked into the theatre.
As the Cambridge Theatre is in Seven Dials it’s also in the ideal location for drinks afterwards. We were in such a good mood from the evening that we decided to stay on in the area and get a bottle of wine. This gave us the chance to laugh about all our favourite moments and get to know each other better. The show had set us up for a brilliant rest of the night!
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