Published in 1988 Matilda was one of British writer Roald Dahl’s last
novels. It has since went on to spawn a feature film in 1996 that starred
Mara Wilson as the title character. Then in 1990 The Royal Shakespeare
Company created the hugely successful version of the show that continues to
play in London’s West End at the time of writing.
Now, 22 years after the show opened, we have the film version of Roald
Dahl’s Matilda the Musical.
Matilda Wormwood (Alisha Weir) is the neglected and mistreated child of
Harry and Zinnia Wormwood (Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough). After she
is enrolled, rather reluctantly by her parents, in Crunchem Hall elementary
school where the principle is the formidable Miss Agatha Trunchbull (Emma
Thompson), Matilda proves herself to be to be streets ahead, academically,
from the other children of her age. This causes her to be taken under the
wing of teacher, Miss Jennifer Honey (Alisha Weir) who together battle the
With toe tapping lyrics by Tim Minchin and with wonderful and a sparkling
performances from Emma Thompson, Alisha Weir and a cast of incredibly
talented kids, Matilda The Musical will have fans of musicals singing its
praises to the heavens. Matilda the Musical is almost certainly the feel
good film of Christmas 2022. Highly recommended.