The Incomparable Children's Story From The Imagination Of Roald Dahl Bursts Into Life On Stage!
Matilda The Musical – the RSC's awesome hit stage show continues to wow West End audiences at the Cambridge Theatre in London. . Brilliantly adapted for the stage from Roald Dahl’s awesome story about a gifted child with an extraordinary imagination, the story of Matilda which was first published in 1988 and was also adapted into a movie in 1996.
The plot focuses on the title character, a young girl blessed with extraordinary intellect from an early age – so much so that she is able to pinpoint the wrongdoings in grownups and read her way through the local library at a breakneck pace. Then, whilst at school her powers go way beyond mere intellect, as Matilda is granted the miracle of psychokinetic powers and she uses them to teach those around her a lesson.
Matilda has been finely tuned up for the musical on stage by Dennis Kelly (author of the musical version). The original creative team behind the musical for RSC have regrouped to present it in the West End too. Matthew Warchus (Director), Tim Minchin (music and lyrics), Peter Darling (Choreography), Rob Howell (Design) and Paul Kieve (Illusions and special effects) have all scored a golden goal with the newstage production of Matilda The Musical. If Matilda tickets are as hot as the creative team are promising, then we could all be in for a roller coaster ride at the Cambridge Theatre!
Seating PlanCambridge Theatre Seating Plan
Address32-34 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9HU
Directions from nearest tube
(5mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head left 100 metres to a small roundabout where the theatre can be seen.
(Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, 19, 38; (Tottenham Court Road) 24, 29, 176
Night Bus Numbers
(Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N5, N19, N20, N38; (Tottenham Court Road) 24, 176, N29, M41, N279
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The Cambridge Theatre is not one of the largest in the West End and there are three tiers with the best seats being located in the stalls and dress circle. The price of tickets to Matilda will depend on where you wish to sit but for Monday to Wednesday performances there is often good value to be found in all price bands while at weekends and during peak periods such as school holidays ticket prices can be quite expensive due to sheer demand!
The theatre very rarely discount tickets to Matilda however the price of tickets can often fluctuate due to supply and demand and therefore weekday performances in off peak weeks can very often bring big savings. There are also different price bands in all three tiers of the theatre so studying the seating plan can often be beneficial as booking tickets in the stalls row L or dress circle tickets in row D can pay dividends as they are just on the cut off point for the price brands where there can often be a difference of up to 30% on the row in front with more or less the exact same view!
As the Cambridge Theatre is not a massive venue and there are very few seats that feature a restriction to the view the Upper Circle seats to Matilda The Musical can often offer consumers good value and deliver savings. Row G of the upper circle is particularly interesting as it is the first row of the cheapest section of the theatre but has a corridor in front meaning that a good view of the stage is pretty much guaranteed no matter who sits in front of you.
As Matilda is a family show then it is advisable to avoid school holidays and weekends if possible. To find the best deals for cheap tickets to Matilda it is recommended to look at the weeks that follow on from school holidays or during the quiet months of November, January and February that regularly produce big savings for this show. If you have to go at the weekend then the Sunday matinee is usually marginally cheaper than the Saturday shows especially during the quieter months and may produce value.
The musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's much loved tale of Matilda is the brainchild of Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly. The production was first performed on stage at the RSC Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2010 and opened up in the West End at the Cambridge Theatre the following year.
Yes it has. The show managed to scoop up 7 Olivier Awards at the time of opening which is still a record for a musical, and a further 5 Tony Awards in America following its triumphant transfer to Broadway. Matilda has to date won an astonishing 86 awards with productions being performed in over 70 cities all over the world and has been seen by over 9 million people.
Both filming and photography during the show are unfortunately strictly forbidden however before the curtain goes up it is allowed.
The recommended minimum age to watch Matilda is 6 years but well behaved 4 and 5 year olds should be fine as long as they are able to sit still for the running time of 2 hours 35 minutes (which does include an interval). Please be advised however that children aged 3 and under will not be admitted to the theatre.
Yes. There are flashing lights and special loud sound effects used throughout the performance.
Evening performances of Matilda are at 7pm on Tuesdays and 7.30pm from Wednesday to Saturday. There are matinee performances at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday and 3pm on Sundays.
There is no official dress code to watch Matilda as with most productions in London however it is advisable that you dress appropriately and for comfort as the production lasts for 2 hours 35 minutes.