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Matilda The Musical at Adelaide Festival Centre - Review

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5/5 Stars - A breath-taking display of young talent
Matilda the Musical

The Royal Shakespeare Company and Louise Withers, Michael Coppel and Michael Watt together with the Adelaide Festival Centre present 'Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical' playing at the Adelaide Festival Theatre from May till July. Directed by Matthew Warchus and choreographed by Peter Darling, Matilda is the story of a 5-year-old girl who has a vivid imagination, book smarts and a little bit of magic. Matilda (Annabella Cowley) doesn't fit in with her family and always feels unwanted because she's so different. She lives in a world of books and loves to learn, it isn't until Matilda meet Miss Honey (Lucy Maunder) that she realises life can be fun and beautiful.

The aspect that makes this production so much more personal than the film is the narrative. Matilda visits the library daily and tells a story to the librarian that eventually leaves guests tearing up from the emotional attachment to the story. As the story progresses, Matilda realises it's not just a story but someone's life. We learn more about the background of the character than we ever knew before.

This production features many extremely talented children who performed their professional debut to this show. Standout talent included the ever so remarkable Annabella Cowley - she stole the stage. When she sang, the crowd was mesmerised. Her rendition of 'Naughty' was just beautiful - it was quirky, fun and performed perfectly.

Matilda the Musical

Isla White, who played Amanda, had a sweet nature but it was her on-stage personality and dancing that took the audience's breath away. She was made to play their role - it suited her and many from the crowd left saying she was their favourite.

Daniel Stow (Bruce) definitely had the hardest scene - it's one from the movie that many often gasp at watching but it was performed with grace and style. Standing up to Mrs Trunchbull and eating an entire cake isn't easy.

Charlotte Smith (Lavender) was my favourite cast member - she had the crowd laughing along during her solo scene before the famous newt scene.

Mrs Trunchbull (James Millar) was an incredible asset to this production. I loved the scene where he sang 'The Hammer', it was hilarious to watch and recreated beautifully from the film.

Matilda the Musical

Standout moments included the 'Loud' duo of Mrs Wormwood (Marika Aubrey) and Ruldolpho (Travis Khan) as they made the stage their tango arena and 'When I Grow Up' by the cast. The gates with alphabet blocks pushing through during 'School Song' was breathtaking - one wrong move and it would have fallen apart. It was incredible to watch.

Starring an all-star cast of highly talented performers including Marika Aubrey as Mrs Wormwood, Daniel Fredericksen as Mr Wormwood, Daniel Raso as Michael Wormwood, Lucy Maunder as Miss Honer, James Millar as Miss Trunchbull, Annabelle Cowlen as Matilda, Isla White as Amanda, Charlotte Smith as Lavender, Eva Murawski as Alice, Daniel Stow as Bruce and Jake Binns as Tommy.

The show features original songs 'Miracle', 'Naughty', 'School Song', 'Pathetic', 'The Hammer', 'Loud', 'The Little Girl', 'Bruce', 'Telly', 'When i Grow Up', 'I'm Here', 'The Smell of Rebellion, 'Quiet', 'My House' and 'Revolting Children'. Don't miss your chance to see 'Matilda The Musical' live in Adelaide at the Adelaide Festival Theatre this May - July.

May 28th at 6:30pm
May 27th, 31st at 7:30pm
May 27th at 2:00pm
May 28th, 31st at 1:00pm

June 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th, 30th at 7:30pm
June 3rd, 10th, 17th at 2:00pm
June 4th,7th, 11th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 24th, 28th at 1:00pm
June 4th, 11th, 25th at 6:30pm

July 1st, 8th, 15th at 2:00pm
July 1st, 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th at 7:30pm
July 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 16th at 1:00pm
July 2nd, 9th at 6:30pm

Premium Adult from $150.00
A Reserve Adult from $120.00
B Reserve Adult from $99.00
C Reserve Adult from $55.00 (restricted view)
Subscribe & Save Adult from $85.00

Tickets are available online here.
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Why? Musical Theatre
When: May - July
Where: Adelaide Festival Theatre
Cost: $60 - $150
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