Matilda the Musical UK Tour - A 5* Review

*We received complimentary press night tickets. Post features affiliate links

The story of Matilda is one that I vividly remember from my childhood. Roald Dahl really did have the gift of perfect storytelling and I remember checking this book out from the library (in true Matilda style) and it really capturing my imagination right from the first page. I felt Matilda's loneliness with alongside her, laughed at the mischief in class and spent far too long daydreaming what it must be like trying to eat a huge chocolate cake in one sitting! The original story was published in 1988 and is now 20 years old. It's a story that has stood the test of time though and my own three children now love Matilda just like their mam.

Matilda the Musical UK Tour - A 5* Review

The story of Matilda has not only been adapted into a popular film, but it's now available to watch live on stage as Matilda the Musical. The show began life at RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2010 and transferred to London's West End in October 2011. London is a bit of a trek for us Northerners though so I'm delighted that the show decided to tour the UK from March this year and is currently enjoying a stint at Sunderland Empire until 2 June (see here for details).

Matilda the Musical UK Tour - A 5* Review
How scary is Miss Trunchbull
Matilda the Musical has received 5* reviews from across the globe and has won an incredible 85 international awards including 16 for best musical. We are super lucky to have the chance to watch such a critically acclaimed show on our doorstep. 

Matilda the Musical UK Tour - A 5* Review

I sent our guest theatre reviewer Kim along to press night - you can check out Kim's review below:

"Last night, my daughter and I visited Sunderland Empire to watch Matilda. I had heard great things about it, so I was expecting it to be good. I was not disappointed. I honestly cannot speak highly enough of the whole production.

From start to finish, it was non stop. It was funny, it was emotional, it was full of drama. The songs and choreography were fantastic, and all the children were fantastic. I was completely mesmerised by Matilda - her songs and monologues were just flawless, and she totally captured your attention.

There were illusions and tricks, some of which I’m still not sure how they were pulled off, but I won’t spoil any surprises on what they are!! My favourite part from the book and film is the part with Bruce Bogtrotter and the chocolate cake, and the musical scene of this was just as good - very funny!

There were laughs throughout from the audience from both adults and children. From start to finish it was 2 1/2 hours, but this flew by. The whole show was fantastic, I couldn’t fault a thing. The actors, the orchestra, and the production team all did an amazing job, and I honestly cannot believe they do this every night on a tour, as it is so full on!

If anyone gets a chance to see this show, I would recommend it 100% - it’s definitely been one of my favourite visits to the theatre." 

Matilda the Musical UK Tour - A 5* Review

There are lots of children taking the dreaded SATs this month, and I reckon a trip to see Matilda the Musical will be the perfect half-term treat once they're over and very fitting for this time of year. Matilda the Musical really does sound fantastic and I think it's a show that's not to be missed.   You can find out more and buy tickets online here. 

Do you have any plans to watch Matilda the Musical? 

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Matilda the Musical UK Tour - 5* Review



  1. We saw matilda in London. I took my better half for her birthday as Matilda is her fave book and we are both massive Dahl and Tim minchin fans. Love it. Its outstanding.

  2. Oh I would love to see Matilda. It looks amazing!


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