Went to the Cambridge Theatre this afternoon to see Matilda the Musical. Based on Roald Dahl's book of the same name, it follows the story of Matilda who is unwanted by her parents, but loves to read. She also wants to learn, but is sent to a school with the dastardly Miss Trunchbull. Miss Honey her teacher encourages her learning and also brings out some special magical powers in Matilda! Songs are all original, but unfortunately mostly forgettable, apart from "When I Grow Up" and "Telly!". The mainly kid cast is excellent, although a little squeaky and difficult to hear at times. David Leonard as Miss Trunchbull is superb and somehow they even manage to swing a girl round by her pigtails! We were also expecting a little more magic, after the excellent Ghost Musical, but this was lacking too. On the whole enjoyable, but not one of the best shows we've seen in 2012.
Ben 4 out of 5
Barry 3.5 out of 5