Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. This marvellous musical, written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, is currently wowing audiences of all ages in Edinburgh's Playhouse until the 27th April.
Escape the bleakness of Brexit with a joyous celebration of one of Roald Dahl's classic children's books. To be fair, the world of Matilda is fairly bleak at times too, with a serious lack of adult role models and a school in desperate need of an Ofsted inspection. Unlike Brexit, Matilda was simple to understand, enjoyable to sit through and certainly wasn't divisive to the sold-out crowd (the most common phrase we heard exiting the Playhouse was "that's definitely my favourite musical now").
An incredibly talented cast of children captivate the audience and the marvellous Matilda (Scarlett Cecil) has such stage presence with her cheeky and endearing performance.
Matilda is a special young girl, who gets lost in literature and isn't afraid to get a 'little bit naughty' as and when required - getting her own back on her devious father (with a fantastic preference from cartoon-like Sebastien Torkia).
Matilda's nemesis is the delightfully menacing Miss Trenchbull (Elliot Harper), towering over the children with a pinch of panto. The threat of 'chokey' looms over the children and girls with pigtails better watch out!
Witty and playful lyrics will have you humming along with glee, Tim Minchin captured Dahl's style perfectly in with his lyrics and music.
The set design is spellbinding and slick choreography continually impresses. Matilda is a pretty magical musical and the perfect night out for all the family.