Matilda a 'crowd-pleasing show'
The new musical production of Matilda has received glowing reviews from critics.
After attending a production of the new show, created by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Stage described it as being a "big, crowd-pleasing show".
The publication explained that it gives a new lease of life to the "moppet" musicals, which include Annie and Billy Elliot, with this new staging of the classic Roald Dahl tale of a little girl with a powerful imagination.
Matthew Warchus' production was noted for swinging between bile and brilliance, in addition to the witty music and lyrics supplied by Australian comedian Tim Minchin.
But it is the broadly comic villains of the show which help it to come to life.
"The role of headmistress Miss Trunchbull may be a two-dimensional comic villain, but entrusting the role to a man gives it an extra grotesque edge," the publication added.
Matilda is scheduled to perform at the Courtyard Theatre until January 30th 2011.
By Jemma Howard