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Friday, 14 June 2019

Matilda The Musical | Mayflower Theatre

Matilda is one of those childhood novels that will forever hold a special place in my heart. Written by renowned author Roald Dahl, the novel tells the story of Matilda, a gifted young girl and her relationship with her family and school. When I heard that the stage show adaptation of this classic novel was coming to Southampton, I was over the moon. I was lucky enough to attend the show with the Southampton Bloggers* and couldn't wait to join the others for a night of whimsicalness.
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For those of you who aren't as familiar with the novel, Matilda is a 5-year-old girl, who has some astonishing academic abilities. She has taught herself to read and has read a selection of novels that would be deemed as passed her ability level. Her parents show very little interest in her, but when she starts school, she develops a beautiful relationship with her teacher Miss Honey. I'll admit, one of the first reasons why I wanted to become a teacher was so I could emulate Miss Honey - what a great champion of children! I really connected with Matilda too, being the child who loved books, so it really does have a special place in my heart.
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
Matilda was premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2010, before it took up a residence in the West End. Since then, it's won countless awards and wowed audiences across the globe. After a substantial run in the West End, it was announced that the RSC production of Matilda would be going on the road, touring the UK and Ireland until August 2019. The musical was written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and they've done a great job. I was appropriately mesmerised.
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It was incredible to see the comedic quality of Roald Dahl's writing come to life on the stage. The hilarious couple of Mr and Mrs Wormwood was portrayed fabulously by Sebastien Torkia and Rebecca Thornhill - some of their lines are just laugh out loud funny. Elliot Harper, as Miss Trunchbull, was both terrifying and funny in equal measures. Known for being the bullying headteacher, who instils fear in all who cross her, her behaviour can't help but amuse you. The absolute highlight of the show, however, has to be the amazingly talented children who make up the cast, particularly Freya Scott as Matilda. To be able to sing, dance and tell a story with some difficult topics in such a mature and polished way absolutely astounds me. They're honestly so talented - I would go again, just to watch the amazing kids.
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre

Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
The songs are top-notch, and my favourite is Bruce Bogtrotter's moment of glory at the end of the performance - Revolting Children. It made me chuckle and Bruce did a great job of being a diva and celebrating Miss Trunchbull no longer having a hold over the children. It was a moment of real celebration.
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I absolutely adored this performance and would jump at the chance to see it again! It was breath-taking and I think it's one of those shows that you discover something new every single time. I'd thoroughly recommend seeing Matilda the Musical - I doubt you'd be disappointed. You can buy tickets online here or by calling the Mayflower Box Office on 02380 711811. Matilda the Musical is on stage until 6th July 2019 - so you've got plenty of time.
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Theatre
*I was given a press ticket for the performance in return for my review, but all views are honest and my own.

Love Lexie
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