If you’ve walked past Crown Theatre at any stage during the past couple of months, you would have noticed A LOT of people humming around the Box Office there.
There’s a very good reason for that. Matilda the Musical is currently playing and believe me, it’s spectacular.
Like next level spectacular!!!
Knowing that the season only has a couple of weeks to go, and having just seen it (and talked to a few people here who have seen it), we’ve come up with 7 reasons why you absolutely must see Matilda before the season ends on Sunday May 7.
We promise… it is absolutely well worth it.
1. The Experience
There’s just something electric in the air as you enter the theatre. It’s probably the impressive stage set-up (truly striking), but it’s also the magic of theatre. In a day and age where Netflix and Stan is the go, it’s nice to be in a physical theatre with real actors and surrounded by an anticipating crowd.
2. The Magic
The show is simply magical. The story, inspired by Roald Dahl’s book, will take you back to everything that was awesome and scary about school and childhood. Honestly, the show opens and it’s like you’re a 12 year old kid again. It’s like watching The Wizard of Oz or Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (another Roald Dahl classic) for the first time again, it’s that memorable.
It might be the stage set-up, it might be the way the show was written, but the connection with the audience is palpable. You can almost feel it.
3. The Cast
The performances in this show are simply outstanding. Everyone, from the little girl that plays Matilda, through to the bloke who plays Rudolpho the Italian Stallion, are brilliantly funny and extremely talented. It’s like you’re watching a massive collection of triple threats (acting-dancing-singing) having one giant party on stage.
It’s almost a privilege to be there, such is their command.
4. The Language
The story might have been inspired by Roald Dahl, but author Dennis Kelly’s adaptation of it is spot on. The use of language in the show is instrumental in taking you to back to the school yard. Miss Trunchbull, in particular, has the BEST insults.
5. The Music
Tim Minchin… OUR TIM MINCHIN.
What else can we say? The man is a genius!
The School Song alone, it’s such a clever use of lyrics that melds beautifully into the revealing of the alphabet on stage. Outstanding.
It’s almost as if Tim Minchin was born to write the music and lyrics for this show. It’s a perfect match.
6. The Laughs
Believe us… this show is genuinely laugh out loud funny. There was a constant buzz from the crowd, anticipating the next big belly laugh.
Any show that features the world’s loudest burp and words such as front bottom and franks ’n beans gets a tick in my book.
7. The Spirit
Like I mentioned before, you will go back to your school days. The spirit of every teacher that scared the crap out of you is alive and well through the performance of the evil Miss Trunchbull.
When Matilda stands up to Miss Trunchbull and calls her a bully, the audience actually cheered and clapped. It was amazing.
If only I had the same courage to stand up to my Miss Trunchbull in year 9.
The timing within the show is spot on. When Matilda hugs Miss Honey, you’re there with her, squeezing away.
The show is perfect for kids aged 7 to 70… My only suggestion would be is that if you’re taking younger kids, make sure to do a matinee. Most evening shows start at 7.30pm, but you won’t be leaving the theatre until a little after 10pm. It could prove too late for the littlies.
Special mention too has to go to Crown Theatre. It’s a few years old now, but the acoustics and set-up in that room is still first class. Easy to get in and out, especially during intermission (PS: If you end up going, make sure to get back in time for the second part of the show. Mr Wormwood’s rave about TV is awesome).
As previously mentioned, the show runs until May 7, so if you can work out a time to go with someone you love, trust us, it will be well worth it.
Written by: @dantheinternut