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Matilda The Musical, Norwich Theatre Royal: review

This much anticipated Royal Shakespeare Company show, which is here for five weeks, is simply perfect!

It is a musical version of the 1988 Roald Dahl book, and won just about every award going when it hit the West End in 2010 and it is not hard to see why.

It is basically very, very clever and offers a bit of everything, from slick dance routines to quirky lyrics and a really heart warming tale - and children pretty much carry the whole thing!

Matilda The Musical at Norwich Theatre Royal
Matilda The Musical at Norwich Theatre Royal

Matilda is played by 10-year-old Sophie Woolhouse (in rotation with four others), who is quite something as the unloved brainbox, mastering an incredible amount of script with seemingly no trouble at all.

And Ellliot Harper as Miss Trunchbull, the bullying headmistress who believes all children are maggots, was another favourite; never slipping into slapstick and always feeling very menacing indeed.

The cast of children are unbelievably good, with Theo Hanness as Bruce Bogtrotter, the super burper, giving me the giggles as the show swept us all along on Matilda’s journey to contentment.

There are some great songs like When I Grow Up and Revolting Children, a crazy set, wacky costumes and all Dahl lovers will feel very much at home in this slightly off-centre world where even the encore is performed on scooters.

It’s a great fizzy summer holiday treat for all, with those so called ‘revolting’ children firmly in charge of the fun! Don’t miss it.

The show runs until August 17.

Visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk for tickets.

By Sarah Hardy

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