Matilda - UK Tour Bristol Hippodrome
MatildaTheMusical_Title_850x315.jpgMatilda The Musical Book by Dennis Kelly Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin  

It is hard to believe that Matilda, the musical, is now nine years old. Roald Dahl’s glorious tale of the extraordinary girl with a brilliant mind who is constantly hindered by her bullying parents and hideous headteacher has been a firm favourite for years and here it explodes onto the stage with great energy. In no time it is convincing everyone that sometimes to take control and forge your own destiny it does pay to be “a little bit naughty.” Unsurprisingly this is an assured and slick production. The talented children work seamlessly together delivering a show stopping “Revolting Children.”  Aside from the excellent cast directed by Phil Bartlett and choreographed to precision by Jeoren Luiten. The set design by Ben Davies and lighting by Chris Hirst ensures this is a visual treat from start to finish. Olivia Juno Cleverley as Matilda is a wonderful talent. Full of charm, purpose and steely determination. No challenge is too big for her, even the glorious Miss. Trunchball from Eliot Harper who captures moments with one brief look and commands the show from his first appearance. It is hard to single out the children, but Charlie Garton as Bruce relishes the opening vocals of Revolting Children with ease alongside the lovely Lily Van Veen as “best friend” Lavender. 
It is easy to understand why Matilda wishes to escape the chaos of the Wormwood Household. Her dysfunctional and hapless parents Sebastian Torika and Rebecca Thornhill are wonderfully dismissive of their parental duties whilst Matt Gillett as Rudolpho strikes a fine pose.The vocals are outstanding across the board and the company work tirelessly to ensure a fluid and vibrant production hits the mark. There is little doubt that this show will ensure that this faithful adaptation of a much-loved novel captures the imaginations of a new generation of theatre goers.      
Petra Schofield