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Children's shows - reviews

Matilda

Cambridge Theatre
3.00pm, 9 April 2017

Even though we’d heard such good things about Matilda, we waited until V was seven before taking her. Partly because we thought she’d now get more out of it and partly because after two trips to The Lion King, we needed to save up!

The wait was worth it. And the story of a young girl that stands up to what she thinks is wrong is an excellent lesson for your daughter – although saying that you need to be naughty in order to do that is something we’ve had to spend a bit of time discussing since!

Based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name, this RSC production was written by Dennis Kelly with the music and lyrics by Tim Minchin – and the humour and rhymings in them certainly reminded me of another Tim – Sir Tim Rice.

“Just because you find that life’s not fair, it
Doesn’t mean that you just have to grin and bear it.”

Without a doubt Rice-esque.

Matilda is an unwanted daughter who turns out to be well-read and clever, despite her dodgy second-hand car salesman dad and Latin American dancing mum telling her that she’d learn more from watching the telly.

At school, she impresses her teacher Miss Honey with her mathematical skills but isn’t popular with the sadistic headmistress who hates children, the former champion hammer-thrower Miss Trunchbull.

A small group of very talented children tackle numerous roles, the adults are excellent as well and the well-staged numbers delight. There are also adult jokes to keep the grown-ups as happy as the smaller ones. It’s just a well put together show that never wanes.

V loved it, has been telling people about it ever since and the soundtrack has been on non-stop in the car. I think we’ll go again. When we’ve saved up!

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