The West End smash hit musical and stage adaption of Matilda is currently on its first UK and Ireland tour and stopping off at The Mayflower Theatre Southampton for the next month! I was invited along with the Southampton Bloggers on Wednesday evening for press evening* and was thrilled to be taken back to my childhood with this classic tale, in a whole new dimension.
Dennis Kelly has done an incredible job of adapting Dahl’s original children’s novel and those classic moments we all remember from the film adaption like Bruce triumphing the chocolate cake and Trunchball swinging a child by her pigtails. But the creativity of this production took the story to a whole new level. The staging is amazing, I personally loved the use of the letter blocks covering the stage and used in the number ‘School Song’ at the school gates.
It was an A* cast, the children and fake children alike, filled the stage with so much energy. Freya Scott, who played the role of Matilda, was a shining little star and really made the role her own, she was full of confidence and sass. But I have to admit, my favourite character had to be the one and only Miss Trunchball in all her revoltingness. Elliot Harper, brought the evil and darkness, yet filled the stage with such humour in the same instance. I was terrified, horrified, but cracking up at the same time.
I have to give credit to the beautiful score, by Tim Minchin and the incredible live orchestra. ‘When I grow up’ was just beautiful, a really sweet moment in the musical, as the kids swing over the audience in pure unadulterated bliss.
One of the things I love the most about the show, is that it is bringing this story to a whole new generation, and it’s still as magical today as it was in the original novel in 1988.
Matilda is playing at The Mayflower until the 6th of June, there is still some availability left, you don’t want to miss it!
You can buy your tickets for the Mayflower here or ring the Box Office.
Find out more about Matilda the musical tour here!
*Tickets were gifted in return for a review, all views are my own.