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Matilda at Milton Keynes Theatre

Published by: Louise Winter on 9th Jun 2018 | View all blogs by Louise Winter

Reviewed by Louise Winter  

7th June 2018 

WONDERFUL!  

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From the fantastic floor-to-ceiling-wall-to-wall staging and lighting and the highly creative choreography, costumes and characterisation, to Minchin’s brilliantly original and engaging lyrics and music, this is a completely absorbing and immersive experience from start to finish; it is not in any way purely a children’s story. The dedication and attention to detail of Matthew Warchus, Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin over the years of planning that went into this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved story is evident in every element of this knockout show; one of the most fulfilling pieces of theatre I’ve seen in a very long time.  

On tour until Augustand for longer than usual runs at each venue, this is most definitely one of THE shows to get tickets for but they are selling very fast so act now! 

Matilda, on this night played by the exceptionally poised Poppy Jones, is the purest little sweetie. Jones, so very young, is stunning on stage playing her role without any mawkish or sugary sentimentalityMatilda waits to start school, enduring the derision and appalling treatment of her hapless parents -  Rebecca Thornill as her dance-obsessedlooks-driven mother and Sebastien Torkia as her ignorant wheeler-dealer father, who cannot comprehend how he has been saddled with a daughter and insists on calling her a boy. Thornhill and Troika are superb, both clearly having great fun with their deeply flawed characters.  

Matilda copyright Manual Harlan

image copyright Manuel Harlan

By the time Matilda gets to school she is far in advance of her peers, having read Dickens and Dostoevsky, and immediately draws attention from her gentle, morally responsible teacher Miss Honey and, unfortunately, the psychopathic headteacher Miss TrunchbullIt’s not really fair to pick out any individual among this immensely talented and consistent cast, yet special mention must be given to Craige Els who, having played the role for three years in the West End, has perfected his take on the maniacal Trunchbull and clearly relishes in her grotesque darkness; he gives depth and truth to the character’s twisted malevolence far beyond any two dimensional imagining and does not play for quick laughs.  

Matilda Manuel Harlan

image copyright Maneul Harlan

There are some superb set pieces, the gym class is magnificent and just wait for the swings! Among Minchin’s memorable score is the addictive ‘Naughty (which has been my earworm today), the beautiful, ‘When I Grow Up’, and the moving ‘This Little Girl’ among consistently fabulous songs.   

matilda Manuel Harlan

image copyright Maneul Harlan

This is powerfully creative theatre, rock solid in every aspect, fabulously entertaining, very, very funny but above all emotionally uplifting.  

SENSATIONAL! 

Matilda plays MK Theatre until 30th June then continues on tour 

Box office 0844 871 7652 

www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes 

Booking transaction fee applies 

Comments

3 Comments

  • Elaine Pinkus
    by Elaine Pinkus 12 days ago
    I agree! Loved this show and have seen it twice. The choreography, staging and creativity were superb. Saw it in London and have recommended so many people to it that I think I should get commission!
  • Louise Winter
    by Louise Winter 12 days ago
    Elaine, thank you for commenting and yes, I've been telling EVERYONE I speak to to go. I was SO impressed and absolutley delighted by the whole production. Rarely do you think a show is worth visiting again and again but I could watch this over and over!
  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 2 days ago
    Thanks, Louise. Very jealous!
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