Matilda: The Musical Review: An Enchanting Performance That Captivates Adults & Kids Alike

As the lights dimmed and the curtain rose, the audience was transported into the enchanting world of Matilda: The Musical. The musical has been seen globally by over 11 million people and has been highly anticipated since the announcement of its run in Singapore this year.

Adapted from Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book, the award-winning musical captures the original’s dark humour and mesmerising charm, while adding a layer of theatrical magic. The whimsical storytelling and unforgettable characters that Roald Dahl created come to life in the form of a mesmerising performance.

Set Design That Offers A Visual Feast

In Matilda: The Musical, the set design plays a crucial role in immersing the audience into the enchanting world of the story. The set captures the essence of both the familiar and fantastical elements of Roald Dahl’s universe while providing a dynamic backdrop for the characters and their adventures.

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One of the defining features of the set design is its versatility. Scenes seamlessly transition from the cosy comforts of Matilda’s home to the imposing halls of Crunchem Hall Primary School, thanks to innovative set pieces and clever staging. The use of movable platforms, rotating panels, and multi-level structures allows for quick and fluid scene changes that are fascinating to watch, while keeping the narrative flowing smoothly and engaging the audience in Matilda’s journey.

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The set also reflects the eccentricity and charm of Dahl’s storytelling. Bold colours, exaggerated proportions, and whimsical details transport viewers into a world where imagination knows no bounds. From towering bookshelves filled with oversized volumes to giant alphabet blocks scattered across the stage, every element of the set evokes a sense of wonder and magic, inviting the audience to explore Matilda’s imagination alongside her.

Furthermore, the set design effectively enhances the storytelling by creating distinct atmospheres for each scene. Whether it’s the comfortable warmth of Matilda’s makeshift library or the cold, oppressive corridors of Crunchem Hall, the set design communicates the mood and tone of the story, enriching the audience’s experience and immersing them in the world of the characters.

Stellar Cast, Unforgettable Score & Lively Choreography

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Matilda’s journey draws viewers into her world.

From the moment the young Matilda Wormwood (played by Yolani Balfour, Donna Craig, and Myla Williams) steps onto the stage, her intelligence and courage shine through, captivating the audience with every scene. Her journey from a misunderstood child to a fearless heroine is portrayed with depth and authenticity, drawing viewers into her world of books, imagination, and resilience.

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Miss Trunchbull has a menacing and comedic presence.

The musical’s stellar cast brings Dahl’s colourful characters to life with impeccable skill and charisma. Miss Trunchbull, the formidable headmistress, portrayed by James Wolstenholme, is both menacing and comedic, commanding the stage with her larger-than-life presence and wicked humour.

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Miss Honey radiates warmth and compassion.

Meanwhile, Matilda’s kind-hearted teacher, Miss Honey, played by Gemma Scholes, radiates warmth and compassion, forming a heartwarming bond with her young student.

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One of the highlights of Matilda: The Musical is certainly its unforgettable score and lively choreography. From upbeat ensemble numbers like “Revolting Children” to poignant solos like “Quiet”, each song resonates with emotion and energy, elevating the storytelling to new heights.

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The choreography is equally impressive, seamlessly blending athleticism and artistry to create visually stunning dance sequences that leave the audience in awe, especially “School Song” and “The Smell of Rebellion”.

Beyond its dazzling performances and catchy tunes, Matilda: The Musical also shares about the importance of standing up for what is right, embracing differences, and finding strength in adversity – powerful messages that we’d want to share with our children and remind ourselves as adults. Through Matilda’s unwavering determination and resilience, audiences of all ages are inspired to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams, no matter the obstacles they may face.

Should you catch Matilda: The Musical?

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Matilda: The Musical is a theatrical gem that delights and inspires audiences of all ages. With its captivating storytelling, exceptional performances, and memorable music, this enchanting production is a must-see for anyone seeking an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Whether you’re a fan of the original novel or discovering Matilda’s story for the first time, this magical musical promises an evening of joy, laughter, and heartfelt emotion that will stay with you long after the final curtain falls.

Matilda: The Musical will run from now till 7 April at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands.

All photos by Hanan Assor.