Cambridge Theatre

32-34 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9HU GB

Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical Tickets

4.7/5
based on 559 reviews

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Booking until: Sunday, 10 February 2019

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes

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Age restrictions

Suitable for ages 6 and over.


Booking from:
Friday, 7 October 2011

Booking until:
Sunday, 10 February 2019

Running time:
2 hours 40 minutes

Enjoy fabulous on-stage fun and games with Matilda The Musical

Roald Dahl stories have been delighting children for decades with their irreverent tone, taking the side of youngsters as they battle against unreasonable, wicked and thoroughly nasty grown ups. Matilda the Musical is based on one of Dahl’s best loved books. Presented by the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, this show is a huge hit with kids everywhere.

Matilda The Musical – The story

In this enduringly popular and wonderfully dark 1988 children’s story, Roald Dahl unfurls the classic tale of Matilda, a gifted child with terrible parents. Matilda’s mother is fascinated by ballroom dancing and ignores her daughter in the pursuit of her obsession. Her father is convinced that the books Matilda loves so much will cause Verrucas to grow on her soul. And the headmistress of Matilda’s horrid school is determined imprison as many children as she can. When Matilda finds she is the lucky owner of a very special ability, will there be a happy ending?

Matilda the Musical – Fantastic entertainment from the Royal Shakespeare Company

The combination of Dahl’s brave little heroine, a script by the Bafta nominated writer Dennis Kelly and hilarious words and music by off-the-wall Australian comedian Tim Minchin make this a treat your children will remember forever. The set is absolutely stunning and the show’s director Matthew Warchus, who also directed Ghost and The Lord of the Rings, has created a musical rich in stage magic with an appeal that touches every age. In fact adults enjoy the show’s clever humour and word play just as much as the kids they accompany.

The production is designed by Rob Howell and choreographed by Peter Darling. Hugh Vanstone created the show’s extraordinarily atmospheric lighting. Christopher Nightingale supervised and orchestrated the music and Simon Bake the sound. Best of all, the stage magic has been created by the same consultant illusionist who put together the effects for Ghost the Musical, Paul Kieve, delivering a truly magical experience to delighted audiences.

Matilda the Musical song list

Tim Minchin’s quirky tunes and marvellously silly lyrics will have you singing in your seats, kicking off with Miracle, Naughty, School Song and Pathetic and moving the story forward with cracking tunes The Hammer, The Chokey Chant, Loud, This Little Girl and Bruce. Act Two features hit singalong songs When I Grow Up, I'm Here, The Smell of Rebellion, Quiet, My House and the rousing Revolting Children.

Matilda the Musical theatre tickets

We offer really good seat and ticket availability with a wide choice of seat options, premium and full price tickets as well as discount Matilda the Musical tickets, covering the full range of ticket prices to suit everyone’s budget.

Suitable for ages 6+

No performances on Mondays.

Captioned performances: Thursday 12 April 7.30pm, Wednesday 13 June 7.30pm, Saturday 18 August 2.30pm, Sunday 21 October  2.30pm

Audio-described performances: Wednesday 21 March 2.30pm, Sunday 10 June 3pm, Thursday 30 August 7.30pm, Thursday 11 October 7.30pm


Press Reviews

A dark and delightful adaptation of Roald Dahl's tale of a child genius, and her monstrous headmistress The Guardian

Comes to life with a buzzing vitality that proves irresistible The Telegraph

Customer Reviews

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Anyone:
73%
Families:
96%
Teenagers:
77%
Couples:
75%
Theatregoers:
80%

based on 559 reviews

Very entertaining

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amazing setting

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Sparkling

From the bubbling beginning to the effervescent ending the show sparkled with toe tapping talent. Actors were amazing and we had a totally enjoyable experience. Thank you to everyone!


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Brilliant show enjoyed every minute


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Creative and entertaining

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Ear splitting

From the start I thought it was too loud. Some of the speech was blurry because of the volume. I was there with my daughter and I checked at interval what she thought. First thing she said was its far too loud. Lighting also right in our face at times,maybe just where we were in upper circle. Acting and singing was excellent but spoiled for me with volume. Felt like I'd just come out from a rock concert.


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Fqntastic!

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Awesome

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Loved it!!

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Great youth artistic performance!

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Awesome!

The show was amazing. It was my first musical and I’m hooked


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Best staging ever seen!

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Amazing

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Family friendly show

Family friendly show. The cast led by Emma playing Matilda, told the story well and brought the children's book to life. The set was amazingly creative, especially the use of the floor space. Good dance choreography.


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Worth every moment!

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Boring for teens and older audiences

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Confronting story line, not suitable for small child

I loved the show as did my 13 yr old grand daughter. But we are glad we didn't take 7 year old sibling. She would have found family and teacher bulling too confronting


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Must see!

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Wonderful performance!

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What a surprise

I wasn't to sure what to except but both myself and my 11 year old daughter loved every minute. The staging, acting just brilliant. This is a must viewing. Great family show.


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Fun

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a good play for a great book

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Clearly this pro Forman was had he understudy for Matilda

This Matilda was only average and her diction poor and hard to understand


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In the words of a 10 yr old Matilda fan - Phenomenal

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A little bit naughty- and GREAT fun

We went to "Matilda" primarily because we love Tim Minchin as a song-writer. We were thoroughly entranced by the show. It was fast-paced and amazingly energetic- the way all the cast keep up the movement and singing is incredible. The staging is really fresh and allows the show to flow beautifully. All of the cast, but especially the children, give their all. It is worth it!! My only criticism is that occasionally the instruments overpowered the voices and it was hard to hear the words. But overall, and speaking as a dedicated classical music devotee, "Matilda" was a fantastic theatrical experience, not to be missed.


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Ok but not brilliant

We had great seats in row H in the stalls and right close to the aisle so where some of the action takes place . Certainly not the best show I've seen - it was ok but not something I would recommend . The children in the audience seemed to love it . I've seen better


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A very entertaining show, yet a bit predictable

Nice songs and very well exectued live music; most characters are ordinary when not plain dull, with the exception of the fantastic school principal; kudos to Matilda, a very good performance given her age.


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Great show!

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Matilda

Stage and light design are flawless, dynamic and creative. Very good performance by the actors/actresses. Tim Minchen's music is great. Show is a bit long. Thank you!


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Brilliant

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Amazing

Fabulous show fantastic acting the kids were terrific


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Dreadful! I left during intermission.

Foolish! MUCH too loud and unnecessarily so. Sorry! I left during intermission even though I had paid nearly $100 for a good seat. Don't waste your money!!


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Excellent night out

Matilda was great- sets amazing- sat in the 4th row of the upper circle and could see everything


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Amazing

We were amazed the children acted sang & remembered there lines all at the same time. Must of took months of practice. Really well done


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Great Theatre Show

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Must see!!

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Just amazing from start to finish

The quality of acting singing music costumes set was truly amazing . Entertained throughout . Thank you


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worth a look

great show and the child actors are especially gifted


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Funny and very enjoyable

Very enjoyable show which caters for all ages. Primarily aimed at children but we are all big kids at heart and it is excellent entertainment. The young actors are the stars of the future and their enthusiasm shines through. well worth seeing.


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Excellent music

Really enjoyed the show, but found that the acoustic quality was poor and it was difficult to understand the children.


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very entertaining

We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the show. The children acting/singing were incredible and we all agreed Miss Trunchball was awesome! I would recommend this show for families.


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Must see

Fantastic show outstanding acting loved every minute


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See Dahl's creativity come to life and enjoy the music.

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Interesting

A really well put together show the only thing was the sound effects a little too loud


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A must see, Wonderful

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What an excellent show. Kids wanted to come back the following day

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It was a nice musical. The stage directions were really good.


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Children enjoy more

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Fantastic show with a few surprises!

Was not sure that I was going to enjoy this as the child actress who played Matilda was not terribly good - over emphasising when singing so that you could only hear half of the lyrics. However, the rest of the cast was absolutely brilliant - especially "Miss Trunchbull". Great set and very cleverly designed. Rest of the casts' singing was very good and special effects worked well. Definitely a show for all the family. Would I go again ? Yes, but in the hope it was a different child playing Matilda!


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Absorbing and entertaining

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3 generations thinks it's a funny and great show

The lighting shown into my daughters and mothers eyes ( shorter people) occasionally. Otherwise we all enjoyed the production very much singing was good, stage craft and production outstanding, excellent choreography. Overall a great experience. Seats were great- good view of the stage.


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Must see!

A wonderful show for kids and big kids! Highly recommended!


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Great performance !

Might be even better if you have read the book and/or seen the film. Which I had not done.


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Absolutely wonderful show

Matilda was a brilliant show our 6 year old grand daughter thoroughly enjoyed the story and the actors. The day after she listened to all the songs and so wants to see it again soon. She even wants her name to be changed to Matilda - this is the kind of theatre experience I so wanted for our grand daughter - will recommend the show to family and friends.


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Colourful, humorous and very well-acted!

Lovely light-hearted entertaining show! The actors were fabulous, the children were amazingly professional! If you sit adjacent to the aisle in the stalls beware some of the action spills over into this area at times! A fabulous evening out for everyone!


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A must see the show was fab

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Couple of oldies

The quality of the choreography alone means that anyone of any age cannot be disappointed.


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A must see, don't miss out

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superb acting

show was very enjoyable main characters very good children were unfaultable, all in all a very enjoyable evening


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A little disappointed in the show.

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The best kids show ever to hit London

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A little miracle

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Fantastic Fun!

Loved it!


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An awesome production

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Excellent show and very colourful and energetic. A technical problem at the start and later in the show was disappointing but these things happen


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A must see

Wonderful! Great acting and singing by Matilda especially - what a talented little girl.


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Imaginative

Fantastic show for people of all ages, really impressive to see so such talented children


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Amazing show

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One of the best shows I've seen

We sat back of dress circle. Great view. Loved everything about this show and didn't want it to end.


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Excellent experience!

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Fantastic

Been to many musical and I say this one is one if not the best I have seen. The children were marvellous. Very talented bunch.


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fabulous from start to finish superb


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Overated

I know the show has won awards and plaudits but I felt the show failed for 2 reasons - trying the tell the story through the lyrics of the songs doesn't work if the lyrics are unintelligible. The acting range of the children is non- existent. Shouting is not acting and for the price we are paying it needs to be great acting - and it wasn't.


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A remarkable show

Billed as a musical but in fact a theatrical tour-de-force. Appeals to kids and adults. Very well staged and acted.


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very dramatic

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great show

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06 Jun 2017 in Reviews

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The new cast of children (one of four teams alternating performances) are superb and deserve the standing ovation they received. Emma Moore is one of four children cast as Matilda and her confidence and stage presence is extraordinary from one so young. Emma captivates the audience, just as Matilda enthrals the character of Mrs Phelps, the librarian, who she entertains with stories.

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28 Nov 2015 in News

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New cast members for Matilda the Musical

29 Jul 2014 in Casts

Matilda the Musical Some brand new cast members are deep in preparations to join the Olivier Award-winning production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical in September this year.

Leading West End actor Craige Els will don the tight black bun and grotesque facial wart of maniacal headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Els will be joined by Haley Flaherty as the sweet but downtrodden Miss Honey, and James Clyde and Kay Murphy will take on Matilda’s ghastly parents Mr & Mrs Wormwood. Plus two new young stars of tomorrow, Violet Tucker and Matilda Shapland will join Lottie Sicila and Tasha Chapple in the title part of Matilda.

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