TRV: Matilda


Torn between shopping and Shakespeare? A couple of pints or an evening of Pinter? Here at OxStu Stage, we know the torment of theatre on a budget. But we also believe that you can have your proverbial cake and eat it  – so we’re bringing you the very best of London’s shows, at prices your overdraft will simply adore.

Quentin Blake's unforgettable illustration. PHOTO/
Quentin Blake’s unforgettable illustration. PHOTO/

What: Matilda

What (2.0): The musical version of Roald Dahl’s children’s book about a little girl who likes to read and is unappreciated by her parents – you might remember it better as the 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito… or from nightmares of being that fat kid who eats all that cake with the whole room chanting.

Where: The Cambridge Theatre (I know, I know, but you can visit Oxford Street afterwards if you’re desperate).

How: There are 16 £5 day tickets sold at the box office from 1oam for every performance (and, from Tuesday to Thursday for the first fortnight of September, there are a whopping 32 per performance). Get there by 8am to guarantee a place (although you could feasibly rock up at 9am and still make it).

Worth it? Yes, absolutely – even if only for the fact that the whole show is so marvellously (and expensively) designed. The seats are actually pretty good – being ‘up in the gods’ means the sound isn’t as clear as it could be, but the view of the gorgeous set more than makes up for it. The cast is strong (Matilda is just excellent) and the story is brought to life in a truly magical way. Despite Tim Minchin’s admirable efforts, this isn’t a leave-the-theatre-tapping-your-toes kind of musical, but the warm fuzzy glow inside is worth more than a fiver.

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