I’ve always loved Roald Dahl’s stories.
While I often day dream of finding a golden ticket in a Wonka bar (especially now I can imagine it would be Johnny Depp waiting for me at the chocolate factory!) or mixing up my own batch of George’s marvellous medicine, I have to confess that Matilda was always my favourite of Mr. Dahl’s fictional heroes.
Using her extraordinary imagination to outwit her dodgy car sales-man father, pea brained mother and television obsessed brother, Dahl’s pint-sized heroine uncovers some special powers when beginning school puts her toe-to-toe with the formidable, javelin throwing, child hating headmistress Miss Trunchbull.
And now everyone has the chance to watch the story come to life as the Royal Shakespeare Company bring Matilda, A Musical to Stratford Upon Avon’s Courtyard Theatre on the 9th November.
With Dennis Kelly adapting Dahl’s hilarious novel for the stage, and comedian Tim Minchin composing wickedly funny songs for the production, Matilda, A Musical is bound to be a treat for children and fun-loving grownups alike. I’m sure most people will be giggling along as Matilda gets to grips with a family more interested in TV than their darling daughter and a monstrous headmistress known to lock little girls and boys in a nail studded prison known as “the chokey.”
Even if you don’t know your giant peaches from your square-toed-witches or revolting rhymes, you’re bound to find yourself rooting for Matilda and her friends Miss Honey, Lavender, Nigel, chocolate-cake eating Bruce and many more as they take on the grownups while singing and dancing their way across the Courtyard’s stage.