Matilda the musical at the RSC

November 5, 2010

The RSC just tweeted this sneak-preview of the much-hyped Matilda, with music and lyrics by comedian Tim Minchin.

Since I saw this was in the pipeline a few months ago, I’ve been interested. Matilda is, along with most of Roald Dahl’s books, a childhood favourite – and it’s an unusual project for the RSC to take on. The video didn’t excite me as much as I thought it would; while the brilliant Minchin sounds full of writer-composer wisdom, the song playing in the background sounds dangerously cheesy and obvious. You don’t want to judge from one clip, but if that’s the most exciting preview they can muster for the show, which opens next week, it’s either bad PR or bad material.

I hope it’s the former, as it sounded like such a great concept. Matilda is a great story with a lot of magic and humour, but a child-heavy show with a hard-to-stage plot isn’t exactly an easy ride. Good on the RSC for daring to be different either way.

*Update* You can read an early review of the show here.

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One Response to “Matilda the musical at the RSC”

  1. Abby Says:

    Totally agree, the background song sounds rubbish. Although it is essentially a childrens story, Roald Dahl’s stories are always a bit dark and also witty. I’ll be really disappointed if they change that as you’d hope Tim Minchin was just the person to include those qualities. I hope its just bad PR too x


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