One of the perks of running an organisation like WeBlogNorth and being a blogger, is getting to do really cool sh*t like going to events, press-nights and openings. This week, I got to see the stage production that seems to strike a chord with everyone aged 25 and above (*cough*), Matilda the Musical, in Manchester….
Matilda the Musical, in Manchester
Roald Dahl seems to have played a part in the childhood of most of us twenty and thirty-somethings, for his wit and amazing imagery that makes his characters jump off the page and strike a chord with us all. I personally, always remember reading and loving The Twits, but Matilda is arguably one of his most famous characters and one that still resonates with book-loving children today.
30 years after the book’s publication, Matilda is still reaching the masses and is now on stage with a musical adaptation travelling the country – and what a stage show it is!
WeBlogNorth was lucky enough to have an exclusive experience and insight to this amazing production! Before enjoying Matilda the Musical in Manchester last week, some of our bloggers got a rarely seen back-stage tour of the production at Palace Theatre, followed by a delightful Afternoon Tea at The Bistro before settling in to revel in the delights of the show.
Well, I don’t want to say too much, which’ll take the magic away from you seeing it yourself, but boy, is it impressive! It tells the story with an array of songs and music that absorb you into the characters immediately.
There’s no doubt, with books as well known as Matilda, you walk into a stage-show like this one with pictures and character ideas in your head. At first, I wasn’t sure about the casting, purely because I could picture the characters I’d imagined in my own childhood and then of course the characters from the famous 1996 film adaptation…but within 5 minutes those were forgotten and I was totally absorbed in the characters stood on stage in front of me.
Matilda the Musical in Manchester has showings until the 24th November and I’d strongly recommend you head along to see it. If you want to make an afternoon of it, be sure to book an early dinner or Afternoon Tea at The Bistro too! This really added a special touch to our night. The tour heads to Cardiff next, then Plymouth, Edinburgh, Bristol, Southampton and Norwich. So plenty of opportunities for you all to get along to the show.
I didn’t take my daughter who’s 3 as she isn’t familiar with Matilda yet, but there were plenty of kids and teenagers in the audience.