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17 October 2012


Matilda the Musical
Cambridge Theatre, London
Wednesday 17th October 2012

This was my second visit to Matilda and almost a year into the West End there have been some cast changes, most notably the role of Miss Trunchbull - so effortlessly originated by Bertie Carvel - which has been taken over by a consummate David Leonard.  Menacing and more than slightly mad, "The Smell of Rebellion" is hilarious and masterfully choreographed - one of many highlights.  Mr Wormwood is new too, with Steve Furst stepping into Paul Kaye's loud suit and green wig.  Paul Kaye embodied Matilda's vile father, creating a fantastic comic character, easy to both love and hate.  Steve Furst did a good job too, although his annunciation wasn't as clear or as funny in the fabulous Act 2 opener, "Telly". 

The set is ingenious, designed by Rob Howell, with seamlessly integrated sections of staging popping up and down, corridors and rooms distinguished entirely through clear and simple lighting, and a beautiful section on large swings for the "When I Grow Up" number.  Costumes are varied, bright and suit each of the characters perfectly. 

It is, however, the supremely talented young actresses playing the title role that raise this production from simply a children's show into one of the most sought after tickets in town.  Lara Wollington starred in this performance, and after seeing Cleo Demetriou last year it is clear that the standard of young ladies is remaining consistently high.  Intelligent, mature, energetic and completely professional, Lara was a joy to behold.

This wonderful, multi-award winning, show has stood to strengthen Tim Minchin's current billing as the man of the moment.  His first full length musical as composer and lyricist, it triumphs in every way and has earned him just respect from critics, audiences and contemporaries alike.  Currently the best show in town, Matilda the Musical shouldn't be missed!

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