Suitable for ages 6 and over.
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
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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
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (74%)
Reviewed on 05 December 2019 by Diana, Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 November 2019 by David, Chorley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 November 2019 by Karin, Na, Israel
Doesn't follow the film exactly and is a bit slow in places. Kids will love it but for those of us who remember the book and film,don't go in thinking it will be the same. Some of the elements are there but not well executed.
Reviewed on 16 November 2019 by Zahrah, Worcester Park, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 November 2019 by Claire, Solihull, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 November 2019 by Talya, Yakir, Israel
Such a delight to see, the expressions on my grandson’s face shared the pure enjoyment given from start to finish.
Reviewed on 30 October 2019 by Joanne, St Peter, Jersey
The show was okay, not brilliant, Ms Trenchbull was good the rest of the acting was passable. The music was too loud to hear the singing for group numbers, therefore a complete waste of money as we could not hear the singing, except for the individual numbers. The language was inappropriate for young kids and therefore, a third of the audience. The seating was not great either tbh, I paid full price for an unrestricted view, however the view was actually restricted, the layout of the seating meant that everyone was sat forward in their seats, so the show was a really uncomfortable experience. Also the theatre was far too cold with many of us shivering throughout the show. There were flashing lights at the audience, of you have epilepsy avoid the show at all costs.
Reviewed on 25 October 2019 by Ayesha, Barking, United Kingdom
The kids were too talented at a very young age, they’re too smart! Loved this show and I’d revisit it again with friends or family
Reviewed on 25 October 2019 by Najla, Kuwait, Kuwait
Reviewed on 20 October 2019 by Aislinn, Banchory, United Kingdom
The adaptation of Roald Dahl's story to a musical is pure genius. It's funny, instructive and warm hearted not to mention excellently staged. There's not a flaw in this production. The music and dance add depth to the drama of the story. It's a WOW!
Reviewed on 12 October 2019 by Janet, Portland, United States Of America
My family thoroughly enjoyed the show. The brilliantly written storyline was brought to life by the talented cast and innovative set. Perhaps one improvement point could be to provide a sheet of lyrics for the songs- for non-native UK English speakers like ourselves, it was slightly difficult at times to clearly distinguish the words for certain portions.
Reviewed on 09 October 2019 by Gladys, Singapore, Singapore
A little loud making some lyrics difficult to make out.
Reviewed on 04 October 2019 by John, Werrington, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 September 2019 by Begoña, Alcobendas, Spain
I think the sound could be turned down a little as it is too noisy at times.The Show was excellent.
Reviewed on 15 September 2019 by Sabrina, Mellieha, Malta
Excellent show well worth seeing
Reviewed on 14 September 2019 by Lynn, Preston, United Kingdom
Original story, great acting, dynamic scenography - these are just some of the reasons to spend a couple of hours following the story of Matilda.
Reviewed on 09 September 2019 by Joanna, Krakow, Poland
Reviewed on 08 September 2019 by Therese, Aesch/zh, Switzerland
Reviewed on 29 August 2019 by Robyn, Isleworth, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 August 2019 by Rahana, South Croydon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 15 August 2019 by Shirin, Nazareth Illit, Israel
Absolutely loved this show. Saw it home in Perth, WA and was looking forward to seeing it in London - as you can’t go to London and not see a show!
Reviewed on 13 August 2019 by Julia, South Lake, Australia
This is the second time I saw this show, and I thoroughly enjoyed it as did my daughters aged 16 and 12. The acting, the singing and the dancing are superb. Even the ‘evil’ principal appeals to the audience through interactions with them. We were seated in the upper circle, we were able to see the full stage from there
Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by Deirdre, Athboy, Ireland
Loved every bit of it! Not suited for younger children, I'd think 6+ and everyone will enjoy it ;-)
Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by Sanne, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Reviewed on 31 July 2019 by Zoe, Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Matilda is a fantastic display is musical theatre. A truly uplifting night out for all ages.
Reviewed on 31 July 2019 by Bernie, Dublin 9, Ireland
It was really exciting and kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what was going to happen next.
Reviewed on 18 July 2019 by Margaret, Leeds, United Kingdom
We went along to see the show with our two daughters ages 17 &8. We all absolutely loved the show and was just in awe of how well put together the show was and the talent of the cast! We would all highly recommend going to see it.
Reviewed on 16 July 2019 by Tina, New Malden, United Kingdom
It's a great show, some fantastic special effects. Little too many stage school performances for me, but hell there's a lot of lines and dances and cues and songs to remember especially for the lead, however I still prefer the character parts - Mr and Mrs Wormwood are outstanding and so is, of course, Trunchbull. A pleasant evening, a good cast, it's Matilda what more is there to say?
Reviewed on 15 July 2019 by Nicole, Bradford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 July 2019 by Agnieszka, Allambie Heights, Australia
Reviewed on 05 July 2019 by Yoeri, Wetteren, Belgium
Reviewed on 29 June 2019 by Anita, Co.limerick, Ireland
Reviewed on 28 June 2019 by David, Alstonville, Australia
Thoroughly enjoyed it...special mention for the young red haired boy..was superb
Reviewed on 20 June 2019 by Rustom, Mumbai, India
Great show ! Perfect acting !! You feel like being in a bubble of champagne !!!
Reviewed on 17 June 2019 by Roxane, Paris, United Kingdom
An excellent show for families, The only problem was certain audience members coming in late …
Reviewed on 14 June 2019 by Alastair, Rotherham, United Kingdom
The show has a slow start with a build up that makes the audience, cry, laugh and want more.
Reviewed on 13 June 2019 by Teri, El Paso, United States Of America
Reviewed on 09 June 2019 by Tracy, Grays, United Kingdom
Stunning kids and perfect stage decoration!
Reviewed on 02 June 2019 by Ursula, Bellach, Switzerland
Took my family and we were all blown away!!! Exceptional show! Received a standing ovation and truly deserved it!! It was lively, funny and it really is a must see if ur into a good nt out in London!
Reviewed on 24 May 2019 by Mary, Newry, United Kingdom
Fun packed musical predominantly with child actors who are absolutely magnificent. Enjoyable music, costumes, and scenery. Treat for the family. If you are taking children some areas of seating may not be suitable but booster cushions are available.
Reviewed on 19 May 2019 by Nigel, Battle, United Kingdom
Fantastic seats. Cast was amazing. Would recommend.?
Reviewed on 19 May 2019 by Victoria, Swansea, United Kingdom
I didn't want to watch the show during the last few years as I thought this is for children mainly. It isn't. It is entertainment for everyone.
Reviewed on 03 May 2019 by Marc, Ditzingen, Germany
Reviewed on 03 May 2019 by Julien, Le Perreux Sur Marne, France
Loved the show it was brilliant and the kids are amazing! Not sure if it was the same for our teenage daughters boyfriend, it was his first ever musical. I think he found it a bit slow in parts with the solo songs but me my husband and our 8 year old son and 20 year old daughter loved it!!!!!
Reviewed on 29 April 2019 by Adrian, Bridgend, United Kingdom
The show was outstanding. The quality of acting from the kids was sensational and the adults too. The stage was stunning and had us hooked from the start. The movement on the stage and off the stage was brilliant. We can not praise everyone involved enough.
Reviewed on 27 April 2019 by Edward, Christchurch, United Kingdom
Fantastic show, amazing energy and fun. Main leads were really talented and entertaining. Would highly recommend this show to families.
Reviewed on 25 April 2019 by Catriona, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
Great show, although the seats were not the most comfortable, fab acting and singing, took my 6 year grandson and he really enjoyed the show
Reviewed on 19 April 2019 by Assumpta, Spalding, United Kingdom
The entire show was awesome....from start to finish. Loved every minute. Highly recommend to everyone and anyone.
Reviewed on 18 April 2019 by Ros, Bath, United Kingdom
Fantastic show, my nearly 8 year old beamed from start to finish! The young actors were amazing!
Reviewed on 15 April 2019 by Julie, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 April 2019 by Rui, Oeiras, Portugal
Disappointed with the story, expected it to be more like the film. Took my niece for a birthday treat ( traveled along way too) and wouldn’t return with my two younger children as I feel they would be disappointed too. Actors was fantastic and couldn’t fault them .
Reviewed on 31 March 2019 by Amber, Essex, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 March 2019 by Matthew, Porth, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 23 March 2019 by Peter, Brentford, United Kingdom
Borg laughter and tears. Beautiful! ♥️
Reviewed on 20 March 2019 by Mariann Nikoline, Grålum, Norway
Amazing worth the money family really enjoyed it!!
Reviewed on 16 March 2019 by Christina, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland
Interesting, butiful music excellent players. But I think I have robbed during the show- my wallet has disappeared just after the show
Reviewed on 14 March 2019 by Yallena, Gedera, Israel
Reviewed on 10 March 2019 by Roxana, London, United Kingdom
Fantastic show, highly recommend. Great performances. I plan to see the show again. Only negative is seating, not too comfortable and difficult to see as the audience in front of us kept leaning forwards. Also, massive queue to ladies toilet.
Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by Barbora, Croydon, United Kingdom
Did not know what to expect and could not quite grasp how this could be made into a musical but was quirky, eccentric, humourous as well as superbly presented and performed. Matilda was unbelievable.
Reviewed on 07 March 2019 by Neil, Southsea, United Kingdom
Me and my girlfriend enjoyed every single second of the show! It made us laugh and definitely made our day!
Reviewed on 01 March 2019 by Vikenty, London, United Kingdom
Loved it was a surprise for my daughter she is 26 now and loved it as a child brought back such good memories loved it the actors were just brilliant 1😍😍😍😍😍
Reviewed on 01 March 2019 by Deborah, Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 February 2019 by Lucy, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 February 2019 by Holly, London, United Kingdom
Absolutely amazing show, a must see for everyone, all the actors were just amazing, it was beautiful!! I loved it that much I cried at the end! First show that my daughter also been to, so it was just perfect! She loved it!
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Charlotte, Derby, United Kingdom
Acting and singing great but scenery movement absolutely fantastic!!!
Reviewed on 21 February 2019 by Pamela, Comber, United Kingdom
Very entertaining, well performed musical.
Reviewed on 17 February 2019 by Yvette, Worcester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Smithi, Farnborough, United Kingdom
Edge of the seat stuff !
Reviewed on 08 February 2019 by Paul, Oldham, United Kingdom
Absolutely amazing! The actors were brilliant and the set was exceptional. Cannot recommend enough!
Reviewed on 08 February 2019 by Soraya, Crieff, United Kingdom
What an energetic performance. Such fantastic fun acting by some of these youngsters. Wonderfully fun dance moves and music to go with it. Bravo.
Reviewed on 27 January 2019 by Rachel, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 January 2019 by Roy, Nir Zvi, Israel
Reviewed on 20 January 2019 by Sarah, St Leonard’s On Sea, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 13 January 2019 by Ebba, Helsingborg, Sweden
Very Good Show Definitely A Must See
Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Shelby, Uxbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 January 2019 by Tarek, Wigan, Uk, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 09 January 2019 by Joanne, Secret Harbour, Australia
Reviewed on 06 January 2019 by Thelma, Montrose Township, United States Of America
Marvellous show. The story is wonderful. The production was very well staged with some clever work on the sets. The cast was great. Olivia Wells was the Matilda lead on the night we attended. What a talent! Unbelievable in a child so small, absolutely commanded the stage and the audience. The show has great humour and energy and its really difficult to not walk out with a smile on your face. At times the sound wasn't very clear and it was difficult to male out the words of every song, but the sheer energy of the production carried the show.
Reviewed on 01 January 2019 by Michael, Herzliya, Israel
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Elisa, Floriana, Malta
Reviewed on 18 December 2018 by Sazilah, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Reviewed on 17 December 2018 by Dan, Tel Aviv, United Kingdom
Matilda child actors very captivating. Amazing stage presence! Empowering story for girls!
Reviewed on 17 December 2018 by Max, Aldrans, Austria
Very good acting and good fun.
Reviewed on 16 December 2018 by Nalini, London, United Kingdom
What a great show. All the acting Was superb and especially from the children. There was nothing about this musical that I could criticise I highly recommend it.
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Dennis, Harrogate, United Kingdom
Real talent on show from all of the Leading Characters. Tim Minchin’s music is signature Minchin - genius. All over great entertainment.
Reviewed on 07 December 2018 by Richard, Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed on 06 December 2018 by Ian, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 December 2018 by Lucia, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 December 2018 by Theodota, Athens, Greece
Amazing show with an amazing cast. Very true to the book- fantastic!
Reviewed on 01 December 2018 by Olivia, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 November 2018 by Kerim K, Walnut Creek, United States Of America
Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by Jacqui, London, United Kingdom
A very slick and action packed show that is perhaps more suited to a more 'youthful' audience. Not a lot of memorable tunes to take away.
Reviewed on 28 November 2018 by Kenneth, Sydney, Australia
Funny, high energy, well acted show! So much better than I expected! Ten stars!!
Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by Leta, Canyon, United States Of America
Reviewed on 21 November 2018 by Sinem, Istanbul, Turkey
Warms your heart in the cold of winter and filled with many "awwwww" moments. Also, many scenes which will make your heart skip a beat !
Reviewed on 20 November 2018 by Wanxuan, Singapore, Singapore
Fantastic show, everything was just amazing. Loved every second of it.
Reviewed on 18 November 2018 by Debbie, Sunbury On Thames, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 November 2018 by Manish, Ilford, United Kingdom
Fantastic show. All the young people in the show were amazing especially the young lady who played Matilda.
Reviewed on 15 November 2018 by Marion, Troon, United Kingdom
It was one of the best musicals i've ever seen. Really good actors, vivid characters, a great show.
Reviewed on 14 November 2018 by Sahra, Hamburg, United Kingdom
by Isabella James | Thursday, September 12 2019, 20:16
Now in its eighth year in London’s West End, Matilda the Musical has brought in some new cast members to tell the story of Roald Dahl’s popular child genius and does so in a rather ingenious way. Adapted for the stage by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics from the Australian comedian Tim Minchin, this musical has been a massive success since it opened at the RSC in 2010.Second Look: MATILDA at Cambridge Theatre, London
by Nicola Wright | Tuesday, June 6 2017, 07:10
When a little girl you have known since she was five is cast as Matilda you go along to one of her first performances with an open mind and ready to be entertained. I was not disappointed!
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.Review: A new MATILDA takes the stage at the Cambridge Theatre
by Phil Willmott | Thursday, May 18 2017, 07:06
Everybody loves the musical Matilda. When it opened at the Royal Shakespeare's home theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon even the most pompous critics were besotted calling it the greatest new musical of recent years. Actually it isn't, the musical numbers are fun but beyond the infectious kids song - When I Grow Up - there's nothing anyone will still be singing in ten years time but watching the show is a glorious experience and if you haven't seen it before you'll fall in love with it too. I paid a second visit the other night and fell for its charms all over again.Fall in Love with Matilda
by Phil Willmott | Saturday, November 28 2015, 12:35
When we think of writers who have multiple shows running in the West End at the same time we tend to think of Shakespeare, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alan Aykbourn and Noel Coward but a much loved children's author is currently catching them up.
The books of Roald Dahl are enjoying a whole new lease of theatrical life thanks to the efforts of agent Mel Kenyon who looks after the deceased writers legacy.Discover more about the children's author with two current hit West End musicals
by Oliver Mitford | Monday, July 27 2015, 11:34
Brand new leading cast members have been announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company's smash-hit stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved book, Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre.Cast change for Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre