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What to expect

  • Based on Roald Dahl’s much-loved novel about the story of a gifted child, Matilda The Musical is coming to the Cambridge Theatre in the heart of London’s Theatreland.
  • A multi-award winning musical, Matilda The Musical holds the record amount of Laurence Olivier awards won by a musical. 
  • Produced by the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company, the show is created by acclaimed playwright Dennis Kelly and original Matilda songs are written by comedian, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin.

The ingenious musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved 1988 story is back on stage at London’s Cambridge Theatre. Using stunning visual effects and song, the musical breathes new life into the original story. Rediscover the tale of Matilda, the bright and rebellious child with a vivid imagination, a sharp mind and very special powers. Mr and Mrs Wormwood, Matilda’s parents, have no time for her and see her as an inconvenience and bother, and at school Matilda has to withstand the fearsome headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Follow Matilda as she takes a stand against the grown-ups and uses the power of her mind to change her destiny.  

The child cast on stage at Matilda The Musical in a dance sequence.

If you loved the film, watch out for the famous Amanda Thripp scene. Developed and directed by Matthew Warchus, the show manages to transport audiences to another time and place with awesome costumes, a colourful set design and special lighting. You can expect a brilliant cast, with Tilly-Raye Bayer playing Matilda and Elliot Harper playing Miss Trunchbull, mesmerising special effects and sublime music and lyrics written by songsmith-comedian Tim Minchin. The show features 21 toe-tapping songs that will no doubt get stuck in your head, including When I Grow Up, Bruce, Miracle and Revolting Children.  

The much-loved musical first premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010 before opening at the Cambridge Theatre in Covent Garden in October 2011. Winner of over 90 international awards, Matilda the Musical has won 23 awards for best musical alone, as well as best family show and best theatre show of the year. This warm-hearted production is a treat for the whole family. Book your Matilda tickets here today for one of the best musicals in London.

What to know before you go

  • Matilda the Musical is two hours and 40 minutes long with one interval.
  • The show is recommended for children aged six and upwards. Every customer entering the venue must have their own ticket. Babes-in-arms are not permitted in the auditorium.
  • Please be aware that there are flashing lights and loud sound effects during the performance.
  • The London Theatre has various on-site refreshment areas situated in the stalls, the Royal Circle and the Upper Circle levels.
  • If you are looking for a pre- or post-theatre restaurant, there are loads of great options in Covent Garden, including Bill’s, Seven Dials Market, Homeslice and Sticks ‘n’ Sushi.  Kidadler Linda says, “There’s an Italian restaurant just along the road called Rossopomodoro. I took my daughter there before Matilda as well. Get there early to get a table. Nice food and reasonably priced.”
  • The Cambridge Theatre Access Scheme provides access requirements for all people visiting the venue. The main foyer has level access via the first two rotunda entrances, and the Stalls auditorium also has level access as well as two dedicated wheelchair spaces. There is an accessible toilet located off the Stalls corridor. Access hosts can assist visually impaired guests and there is an infra-red audio enhancement system available for guests who are hearing impaired or deaf. Assistance dogs are welcome in the theatre. Staff can look after them during the performance if you choose.
  • A cloakroom is available at the Cambridge Theatre charging £1 per item.  

Getting there

  • Matilda is being performed at the Cambridge Theatre in Covent Garden.
  • Covent Garden Tube station, serving the Piccadilly line, and Leicester Square Tube station, serving the Northern and Piccadilly line, are just a few minutes’ walk away to the theatre.
  • Charing Cross rail station is a 12-minute walk away and serves Southeastern rail.
  • If you are arriving by bus, routes 14, 19, 24, 38 and 176 stop near the theatre.
  • If you are driving, the theatre is located within the Congestion Charge for the central London zone. The Q-Park Leicester Square is nearby and offers the audience 50% off parking for up to four hours.

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