If you didn’t read Roald Dahl‘s classic Matilda as a kid and you haven’t seen the 1996 movie starring Danny DeVito, then frankly, you haven’t lived! But don’t worry, there’s still time to reclaim your youth and get yourself up to speed. The book was adapted into a musical currently showing in the West End.
Testament to the greatness of the book and, of course, to the production of the show, Matilda the Musical walked away with a record-breaking seven honors at yesterday’s Olivier Awards, the annual award show recognising excellence in professional theatre (the British equivalent of Broadway’s Tony Awards).
Amongst the seven awards were Best New Musical, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Not only did Matilda break records for the most awards won by a single show, the Best Actress honor was shared by Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Sophia Kiely, Cleo Demetriou and Kerry Ingram — the four 10- to 12-year-old actresses who share the lead role — making them the youngest winners in the Oliver Awards’ 37-year history.
Matilda the Musical is showing at the Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden. Tickets start from £20 and can be purchased here. Each performance offers a limited number of tickets priced at £5 for attendees aged 16-25. Attendees under the age of 18 are eligible for a £10 discount on certain, non-premium seats. Terms and conditions apply. Visit the show’s website for further information.