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Matilda the Musical

Matilda the Musical

Edinburgh Playhouse

With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Read more …

Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical continues to delight audiences in London and on tour across the UK and Ireland.

The critical consensus

Matilda the Musical is a triumphant production: hilarious, engaging and moving.

****(*)Michael Cox, Across the Arts

Though what impresses most (apart from the incredible talent of the fearless ensemble) is the slick choreography of Peter Darling whose marionette routines compliment the slapstick direction of Matthew Warchus to great effect.

****(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 05/04/2019

With the Easter holidays looming this would be the ideal show to take your children to – they will love it. They may laugh, they may even feel they want to cry but, above all, they will feel thoroughly entertained.

*****Mike Smith, The Edinburgh Reporter, 05/04/2019

While the original story of Matilda is surprisingly dark, this musical is a joyous, vibrant and foot-stomping adaptation bursting with magic from start to finish.

*****Natalie O'Donoghue, Broadway World, 05/04/2019

In the end, Matilda emerges as a passionately idealistic story about how a little kid who loves books and knowledge can hang on to ideas about what’s good and right, even in a world gone drastically wrong; and that message is finally delivered with such grace, theatricality and power that the audience rises as one, to give it – and this brilliant RSC company – the ovation they richly deserve.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 05/04/2019

As intellect and goodness triumphed over stupidity and greed, Matilda gave us hope that the geek may yet inherit the earth.

****(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 05/04/2019

The smash hit West End musical finally reaches Scotland and is greeted with the adulation it deserves.

*****Kelly Apter, The List, 05/04/2019

As perfect as it’s possible to be, Matilda remains an outstanding musical in the British theatrical canon.

*****Lauren Humphreys, The Reviews Hub, 05/04/2019

Matilda The Musical is a vibrant feast for the eyes.

Liam Rudden, 05/03/2019

Stories rule in the RSC’s brilliant production of Matilda The Musical in an adaptation which feels properly true to the spirit of its Roald Dahl original – complete with dangerous spikes and revolting children.

****(*)Thom Dibdin, All Edinburgh Theatre, 27/02/2019

A flamboyant, quirky and energetic musical with an incredible cast of children and a joyously garish stage.

****(*)Emily Christie, The Wee Review, 08/04/2019

Matilda the Musical is an outstanding production, offering a much-needed beacon of hope for the future in the face of adversity. Hands on hips and chin up, world.

*****Elaine Reid, The Skinny, 08/04/2019

The major achievement of Kelly and Minchin’s collaboration is the balancing act it pulls off between the wickedly misanthropic humour of Dahl’s books and the story’s resonant emotional undercurrents.

****(*)Allan Radcliffe, 04/04/2019

Thanks to the strength of its original source, "Matilda The Musical" undoubtedly enjoys a narrative focus and relative complexity all too rare nowadays, especially in comparison to most jukebox musicals. Good show!

****(*)Paul F Cockburn, Broadway Baby, 11/04/2019

No moment of this show leaves child, nor grown-up out, encapsulating the sadness and misery of Matilda’s reality, against the punch-the-air-power of the righteous determination of a very clever young girl.

****(*)Katie Stephen, Edinburgh Guide, 11/04/2019

The show that follows is close to perfect in evoking the garish comedy, the pathos and the solidarity with children that make Dahl’s book such a success.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 16/04/2019

Features about Matilda the Musical

Dennis Kelly on Matilda The Musical: 'At one point we even toyed with the idea of Matilda being played by a puppet'.

Kelly Apter, The List, 13/03/2018

Matilda the Musical: "maggots" take centre stage.

Kelly Apter, The Scotsman, 27/03/2019

Dennis Kelly--Matilda the Musical

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 02/04/2019

Where and when?

Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh from Tuesday April 2, 2019, until Saturday April 27, 2019. More info:

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