You may know that I’ve recently done a couple of weeks’ work experience in London (more on that distressingly overpopulated metropolis later, probably). Despite my obscenely full timetable, I squeezed in a trip to Matilda the Musical, which I so heartily enjoyed that I felt the need to share my enthusiasm with the internet. Here’s why it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever seen on stage…
1) It will make you feel all of the things a musical should make you feel
Some people look down on musicals. Those people are joyless snobs, and they’re missing one of the greatest highs available within the limits of the law. A good West End musical can make you laugh, cry and boggle at the sheer razzle-dazzle that no other art form quite possesses. It takes a great deal of raw skill to simultaneously offer the best in music, dance, acting and design, and that combination can sometimes backfire in expensive flops.
Luckily, Matilda is not one of those; along with most of the audience, I was grinning uncontrollably from the first few seconds of the opening number. The emotional pacing is impeccable throughout, with just enough quiet moments to make the big showstoppers even more exhilarating. I particularly liked the set, which is full of surprises (I won’t tell you what they are, for obvious reasons) and which contributes to some moments of purest showmanship. Continue reading