Saturday, 12 September 2015

Review: Matilda the Musical

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Matilda the Musical.
I was thrilled about seeing Matilda as from 2012-2013 I saw the show 7 times. I however haven't seen it in two years so to see it again after those years was really funny. The girl playing Matilda, Anna-Louise Knight, was by far the best Matilda I have ever seen. She was an outstanding actor, singer and dancing. For me she carried the show. I was not keen on 2/3 of the cast, which I will talk about later, so for me Anna-Louise was the star of the show. I think the set and choreography are both incredible, as is Tim Minchin's music. For those that don't know the story of Matilda here it is: Matilda is a precocious 5-year-old girl who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life. I think the show sends a great message across about how you should stand up for what's right, no matter how small you are. Cast members who stood out for me were Anna-Louise Knight as Matilda Wormwood, Craige Els as Miss. Agatha Trunchball, Charlotte Scott who was understudying as Miss. Jennifer Honey last night, Will Kenning as Sergei and Children's Entertainer and Jason Winter as Rudolpho. Craig had superb comic timing and Jason was an amazing dancer. The show is also very funny in places. I sadly think though that Matilda is slowly burning out. They seem to be running out of child actors as last night they had actors who were playing 5 year olds but they looked much older. I realise they can't get real 5 year olds, but at least kids who look young. The casting of James Clyde and Kay Murphy as Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood would not have been my choice. James kept on overacting so badly that every time he spoke I cringed. Kay didn't project her voice too much as I was in the third row of the stalls and sometimes struggled to hear her. I can't imagine what it was like for everyone in the upper-circle. Also during the song 'Loud' Kay was really out of time with her dancing, but this perhaps wouldn't have been so noticeable if Jason hadn't been as good as a dancer as he was. One final problem was that both Mrs. Wormwood and Michael Wormwood's wigs didn't seem to fit properly. For some reason Matilda didn't have the same spark as it had two years ago and should perhaps it has run it's course.

The featured star of Matilda the Musical is, drum roll please… ANNA-LOUISE KNIGHT!

As I said before, I really feel Anna-Louise pulled the show together. Unlike Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, she was casted perfectly so kudos to Jessica Ronane for casting Anna-Louise. She has a bright future ahead of her!

Now for my final verdict on Matilda the Musical. I give Matilda the Musical… 

Matilda the Musical is still a very good and clever show, even if some of the cast aren't perfection.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing The Importance of Being Earnest.

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has had major cast changes since this review.

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