Music: Tim Minchin

Lyrics: Tim Minchin

Book: Roald Dahl

Matilda is a bright young girl who loves reading. Unfortunately she is the young daughter of a family who much prefer junk television.

At her school the headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is a harsh and mean disciplinarian who bullies the children and takes a particular dislike to Matilda - even though she is by far the brightest of them all. Unhappy both at home and at school Matilda takes refuge in her books and her close friendship with Miss Honey, her teacher, who is of course all the things that here parents and headmistress are not.

As the story progresses, Matilda discovers that she has supernatural abilities and is able to use them to punish Miss Trumbull. She discovers her parents have been cheating clients (her father sells cars) and they have to go on the run, and Miss Honey has been cheated out of her inheritance!

Of course there is a very happy ending.....

Matilda Programme

What about the songs?

These are new songs of course, not used in the film version, and therefore not well known. School Song is great fun, and by far the most memorable.

Our view

It's hard to follow a classic book and excellent film, and this is a little disappointing.The plot is greatly simplified, and the magical powers that feature so heavily in the book and the film almost go un-noticed here with really just the one scene. Kids will enjoy this experience more than adults - but that's fine because the show really is for them.

Roald Dahl

The writer of so many children's stories was born in Wales in 1916 and led an incredibly varied life. He was a spy, an aviator and an antiques dealer as well as being an author. He started to write for children when he was in his forties, but his style was quite dark and it was difficult for him to get published at first. However, he created many classics such as James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Roald Dahl died in 1990.