For mum’s birthday on the 17th February, I bought her tickets for us to go see Matilda The Musical, whilst it is doing a national tour of the UK. I’ve wanted to see this for so long, especially after seeing the performance on the Royal Variety Show in 2012, so when I saw it was touring me I knew I had to take mum. I chose tickets for the 25th February at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford.
If you follow my social medias, especially my Instagram, you’ll know I love the theatre, and love musicals even more. I’ve been to see a fair few so far at York Grand Opera House, and two at the London Palladium when I was younger, so it was exciting to go to a theatre I hadn’t seen or heard of before, and even more exciting that it was a musical based on one of my favourite and absolutely treasured childhood books and films.
To start with the Alhambra Theatre is absolutely beautiful; the outside architecture is insane with a large domed turret with giant-paired Corinthian columns. The interior is just as breath-taking. Right, back to the actual purpose of this post. I chose us seats in the stalls, specifically row J and seats 14 and 15, as mum doesn’t do well with being in the upper circles, and the view was great from our seats.
A fantastic cast!
Right, to the cast. Firstly, Mr and Mrs Wormwood; Sebastien Torkia and Rebecca Thornhill, were of course absolutely hilarious and their mannerisms truly reflected Roald Dahl’s descriptions. Miss Trunchball, Elliot Harper, was effortlessly funny, and perfect for the part. It was also lovely to see Michelle Hopewell as Mrs Phelps, who’s a fellow blogger (check her out by clicking here to be redirected to her website), and having followed her on instagram and twitter for some time I was so excited to see her perform. Matilda was a fantastic, it was gob-smacking how professional and seeing the pure talent she holds at such a young age.
The set design throughout the whole show is something that really captured me, Rob Howell and team’s skills are insane. Some set highlights have to be the when the curtain lifted and revealed the illuminated set, with the letters and words surrounding the stage. I’m so rubbish at explaining, but hopefully the photo shows you what I mean! Also, the library transition every time was sleek and I loved the transitioning layers of the set, as well as of course the swings in ‘When I Grow Up’, which I think may be a favourite for everyone. I also cannot stop singing the songs…I think it’s starting to annoy mum a little!
You would have thought that this was a one-off performance, not a ‘never ending’ national tour, as every single cast member gave it everything they had, and the energy in the room was breathtaking.
To end it all Miss Honey and Matilda’s little in sync cartwheels, just ended the show filling my heart with warmth and happiness, and the perfect end to an emotional performance.
Matilda is on in Bradford until the 23rd March 2019, and continues to tour the UK until August, so be sure to get yourselves some tickets if it is at a venue near you…and take those ‘revolting children’ with you too, because trust me they will love it just as much as us adults, it’s a great family show. Click here to be redirected to the ticket website!
What’s your favourite musical?