Reviewed by Amy Adeliyi
Wow, what an amazing performance of Matilda the Musical by the Royal Shakespeare Company, at The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. My daughter loves the film and was really looking forward to seeing Matilda (Freya Scott) and her friend Lavender (Chantelle Tonolete) on stage. She wasn’t disappointed, she loved the storytelling scenes in the library and really laughed during the phys ed scene with Miss Trunchball (Elliot Harper). The performance was very slick and really showed the amount of effort that the cast put in to make a seamless shift from scene to scene. My daughter loved the swing scene and I enjoyed the birth scene with Mrs Wormwood (Rebecca Thornhill), it was very entertaining and she truly showed the character Roald Dahl had imagined on paper.
Matilda (played by Freya Scott) was so professional, it was hard to believe she was a child as she was in almost all scenes and yet was completely flawless in her performances. She had a beautiful singing voice and you were totally drawn into her storytelling and despair of her family.
The songs were catchy and fast moving, you had plenty of action to watch on stage with clear props/backing scenery for different locations in the story. The library scenes drew you into the storytelling by Matilda, which really kept you enthralled and almost as excited as Mrs Phelps as to what the ending of the story would be. Particular favourite songs were ‘Miracle’ and ‘I’m here’. All the cast had amazing voices – equally strong on their solos as they were as a company.
The children were amazing, their enthusiasm showed through their dance routines and ability to remember the very wordy lyrics. I can’t imagine how they managed to remember all of their lines, but it really felt like you were there in the school with them.
Miss Trunchball was fantastic, the costume was true to the character and the delivery was comical yet sinister. Equally Miss Honey (Carly Thoms) was believable as the downtrodden niece of Miss Trunchball.
The Mayflower Theatre is close to rail links and has plenty of parking including a multi-story car park close by, I would encourage visitors to arrive early as traffic can be busy coming into Southampton.
The theatre itself is very clean and the interior has had a revamp so looks very fresh and well maintained. The theatre was well staffed with plenty of helpful friendly ushers, giving directions to the facilities and where to purchase of refreshments in the interval.
We would definitely recommend this show; in fact, I have already encouraged friends to go and see it at The Mayflower. The children were fantastic I would give a 5* for the beautiful voices and pure energy of the cast. It really is a great opportunity to see such a professional and world-famous adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book Matilda.
Tickets cost from £25.50 to £64.50 (booking fees may apply).
Matilda the Musical is at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton from 11 June to 6 July 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.mayflower.org.uk or call the box office on 02380 711811.
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811