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Thursday, 26 July 2012

When I Grow Up!

Yesterday I went to see Matilda the musical!

As a birthday present to each other (a very late one, our birthdays were at the end of March!), a friend and I finally went to see the award-winning show, based on the well-known book by Roald Dahl,  in London’s Covent Garden. I first heard about the production through a friend at school, and after listening to a few songs on YouTube I just couldn’t wait to see it. This year at the Olivier Award this new musical won an incredible seven awards, including ‘best actress in a musical’, won jointly by the four girls who play Matilda. With music by Tim Minchin, and Matthew Warchus as director, this show could not fail to impress!
The production is designed by award winning designer, Rob Howell. The set and scenery revolves around the theme of school – blocks of letters are used to decorate the theatre/ stage-front. The scenery made of piled up squares is wonderfully simple and childish, and leaves the audience to immerse themselves in Matilda’s world and use their imagination to complete the scene. Of course, school uniform featured, but my favourite costume would have to be Ms Trunchbull’s – the first moment David Leonard stood up out of the chair in his first scene, and the audience roared with laughter at the absurdity of Trunchbull’s humungous chest was fantastic, a great example of how costume design can add an extra dimension to a character and a scene!

Take a look at some photos (from the Matilda website) ...





See the RSC’s ‘Matilda’ at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s Covent Garden until 2013, when it will transfer to Broadway, New York. See the websitefor more information.

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