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Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. Matilda The Musical tickets make a magical treat for any fan of enthralling West End theatre. Matilda tickets disappear in a flash! Perhaps you’re a revolting Roald Dahl fan looking for the best Matilda theatre tickets to get up close to the magic of this Olivier Award winning musical? Or maybe you’d rather keep the deliciously disgusting Miss Trunchbull – a rottweiler in a dress - at a safe distance! Either way, you’ll find your perfect tickets for Matilda in London on sale now. We’ve got great seats at all prices and you can check out the best seat reviews on our interactive seat map. Matilda’s a riot for revolting kids and gruesome grown-ups alike!

What’s Matilda about?

Matilda the Musical is the tale of a young girl with an extraordinary gift. Not only is Matilda clever, she’s also extremely funny and just a little bit naughty. Stuck with neglectful parents who barely know she exists, Matilda begins to realise that nothing will change unless she changes it herself. Unfortunately, school isn’t much of an escape. Headmistress-from-hell Miss Trunchbull isn’t too keen on children. In fact, she loathes them. Particularly children like greedy Bruce Bogtrotter…who’s off to the chokey. Which is as nasty as it sounds.


With a sharp, witty script by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by comedy genius Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical gives new depth to Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story. Matilda the Musical is irreverent, deliciously dark and fabulously entertaining. We defy anyone not to find a new level of joy at the sight of Miss Trunchbull propelling little girls into the audience by their pigtails!


Matthew Warchus’ production cleverly combines the nastiness of Dahl’s story with the warmth of musical comedy, extracting every delicious drop of humour along the way. Tim Minchin’s songs are bright and brilliant. But what makes this show sing are the central performances by the young actors who alternate the role of Matilda. Their warmth and wit combines to ensure that you’ll be rooting for our hero every step of the way. This little girl has a very big heart.


The stage set for Matilda is magical in every sense of the word. Some scenes will take your breath away and you’ll leave wondering how on earth they did that! An extraordinary cast of both child and adult actors add to the fantastical feel of the entire production. This gorgeous, cheeky, uplifting show is wonderful for families, but is equally entertaining for adults. You never grow out of Roald Dahl!

Matilda the Musical songs

The sound of scraping violins and slightly-out-of-tune recorders is every parent’s worst nightmare. Fortunately they’re only the openers to the brilliantly comic Miracle. Soon, you’ll be laughing along to Tim Minchin classics like Naughty and The Hammer. Every song is a classic with instant hum-ability…but more than that, Tim Minchin’s lyrics are as deliciously dark as Dahl’s writing. When I Grow Up and Revolting Children have already entered the vocabulary of every little stage school horror the length and breadth of the country! 

Matilda the Musical awards

Matilda has won a staggering 99 international awards, including twenty-four for Best Musical alone! These include 7 Olivier awards (the most ever won by a musical), 5 Whatsonstage Awards (including Best New Musical and Best West End Show), 6 Broadway World Awards (including Best Musical) and 2 Mousetrap Awards (including Best Family Show). 

Matilda the Musical’s Magic Moments

We won’t give away any plot spoilers here, but look out for these five moments of jaw-dropping genius when you watch the show:

1. Miss Trunchbull’s entrance – if you think parents evening at your school was scary, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
2. Miss Trunchbull’s party trick of swinging kids round by their hair. Well, she was an Olympic hammer thrower before she turned to teaching.
3. Bruce Bogtrotter managing to scoff down an entire chocolate cake in front of the whole school
4. Magical powers –Uri Geller might be able to bend a spoon, but he’s got nothing on what Matilda can do!
5. Crunchem Hall – this twistedly torturous school makes Hogwarts look like a kindergarten!

What critics said about Matilda the Musical

“Easily the standout musical of the decade.” The Sunday Times
“An evening of unadulterated bliss.” The Guardian
“Utterly exhilarating. Matthew Warchus’s colourful riot of a production achieves an even dizzier balance between gleeful, grotesque, fun and heart-tugging poignancy, brilliantly drilled dynamism and warm, unforced charm.” The Independent
“Smart, quirky and sublimely good fun.” Time Out
“An absolute cracker of a show, bursting with dynamism, fizzing with verve.” Daily Express

Matilda news

Roald Dahl 100: Dahl on Stage (Part 2)12 Sept 2016
The West End’s Scariest Leading Ladies. 6 April 2015


2 hours 35 minutes, including an interval

Good To Know

Audio Described & Captioned Performances

Wednesday 6th March 2pm - BSL. Saturday 23rd March – 2.30pm – Captioned. Sunday 24th March – 1.00pm – 1.25pm – Touch Tour 3.00pm – Audio Described. Thursday 18th April – 7.00pm – BSL. Saturday 11th May – 12.30 – 12.55pm – Touch Tour 2.30pm – Audio Described. Sunday 12th May – 3.00pm – Captioned


Cambridge Theatre

Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HU

Additional Details & FAQ

Cancellation Policy

No refund or exchanges are available after purchase.

Suitable For Children


This production is not suitable for children under 6 years of age, including babes in arms. Children under 4 years of age (including babes in arms) will not be admitted into the auditorium. Children need to occupy their own seats at all times throughout the performance. To help us make sure everyone enjoys the show, your little ones need to be able to sit in their own seat without any assistance. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over, who must be seated with the child and accompany them throughout their visit. It is the customer’s responsibility to check the suitability of a performance for any children in their party regardless of any official age recommendation guidance

Where Do I Go

Seven Dials, 32-34 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9HU

  • By Tube-Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Tottenham Court Road
  • By Bus -14, 19, 24, 38, 176

Critic Reviews

5.0(3 reviews)
  • The Sunday Times

    Nov 13, 2013

    Easily the stand-out musical of the decade!

  • The Guardian

    Nov 13, 2013

    Gleefully Nasty, an evening of unadulterated bliss!

  • Daily Mail

    Nov 13, 2013

    Matilda is a fabulous family fizzer. It has strong tunes, witty lyrics and enough ‘eew!’ moments to satisfy the most revolting urchin.


4.6(50 reviews)
  • Fk

    Oct 21, 2023

    Excellent cast effects and interaction with audiences

  • Lady P

    Oct 13, 2023

    It was an excellent, fun, very energetic evening, the children were so talented. Very impressed with the professional and friendly staff especially the man who was very quick to ask a lady to turn off her phone (despite the fact that there was an announcement to that effect before the show). We thought also there should have been a warning re flashing lights etc. We really enjoyed the whole performance.

  • jenny copeland

    Oct 7, 2023

    What a fantastic show all the children did so well. Will be going back for another viewing

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