Review: Matilda the Musical at the Sunderland Empire

Written by on 12th May 2018

The multi-award winning Matilda The Musical is touring across the UK and it’s currently showing at the Sunderland Empire! Spark sent Abbie Burgess along to get her thoughts on the show…

Matilda is an extraordinary girl whose talents are constantly belittled by her cruel parents and headmistress. Dreaming of a better life for herself, she dares to take a stand against these oppressive forces.

Matilda the Musical is a truly fantastic experience, from the ‘Matilda pose’ pictures taken before the doors opened, to the genuinely infectious engagement from the audience (of all ages!).

Attention to detail was the name of the game throughout, giving a nod to Quentin Blake’s original illustrations, in everything from the set, to the clock and the table cloths used.

Incredibly clever writing from Dennis Kelly, and lyricist Tim Minchin weaves together the classic story, holding the twine of Miss Honey’s story as a perfect counterpoint to the nastiness of poor Matilda.

The technical stuff was amazing too- we still don’t know how Trunchbull threw Amanda Thripp around!

There were distractions from the set, or the lighting, each set exactly to enhance the telling of the story, and the execution was flawless.

The young actors were all consummate professionals; brilliant singers and never a misstep in their performance.

Matilda was absolutely perfect- she was exactly how I’d imagine a young Hermione Granger, or even Emma Watson.

There is a lot of buzz around this production, for all the right reasons.

All image credits: Manuel Harlan

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