As Matilda The Musical enjoys 10 years in London’s West End, here are ten reasons why this multi-awarding show still makes one of the best theatre school trips.
1 – Five Star, Award-Winning, Smash-hit musical!
Matilda The Musical has consistently wowed audiences at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End, on Broadway and on its US and UK Tours.
The London show has SEVEN Olivier Awards (yes SEVEN!) including ‘Best New Musical’ and a unique ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ award accepted by all four Matildas.
The show has also won ‘Best Musical’ in the Evening Standard Awards, FIVE Whatsonstage.com Awards, TWO Mousetrap Awards and SIX Broadway World Awards.
In total Matilda The Musical is the winner of NINETY-NINE international awards, including TWENTY-FOUR for Best Musical. So overall, I think it’s safe to say Matilda The Musical is an award-winning hit…!
2 – The story
Brought to the stage by Dennis Kelly, Matilda The Musical’s story is as heartwarming as it was in Roald Dahl’s original book.
Whether you’re studying Matilda or another title, the show gives a perfect look into Roald Dahl’s world.
3 – Witty music and lyrics by Tim Minchin
It’s a joy to hear Tim Minchin’s witty and hilarious songwriting. Combined with his playful music, the show lifts itself to another level of originality.
As a result, the show converts even the most stubborn students who try to say they ‘hate musicals’ and allows students (and adults!) of all ages to enjoy this incredible hit.
4 – The Set
Rob Howell’s set design is a thing of wonder all by itself! So good that the show was awarded the Olivier Award for ‘Best Set Design’.
The scrabble like tiles immerse you in Matilda’s extraordinary genius as soon you and your students step into the theatre. Add in swings, rising desks and beautiful bookcases and you’ve got a set design that your students can find many elements in for their critical reviews.
5 – Free Teaching Resources
Matilda The Musical has a collection of fantastic teaching resources that you can download and use for free. Split into five themes of Character, Plot, Music & Lyrics, Dialogue and Rewriting, the resources provide educational activities you can use in the classroom.
6 – Free Educational Videos
To accompany the free teaching resources, each theme includes free educational videos with the creative team.
Students can hear directly from the show’s creators, Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin, to learn how the musical was made and transposed from page to stage.
7 – Free Educational Games
If free resources and educational videos weren’t enough, Matilda The Musical tops it off with some fun, educational games that you and your students can use.
8 – Evening performances start at 7pm
The show’s unique 7pm starting time during the week makes a massive difference to schools.
Starting at 7pm means less time waiting from school ending to seeing the show. It also means the show finishes at around 9:35pm (around 30 mins earlier than a usual 10pm finish). Allowing you to get back home earlier. Win, Win!
9 – Free Teacher places
Matilda The Musical gives 1 free adult ticket for every 10 student tickets bought – meaning you can see this smash-hit musical for, well, FREE!
10 – “EASILY THE STANDOUT MUSICAL OF THE DECADE.”
This quote from The Sunday Times’ FIVE STAR review sums this incredible show up perfectly!
Matilda The Musical really is one of those shows that has it all! It’s funny, moving, entertaining, has incredibly catchy songs and (most importantly!) still completely educational for your students!
As the show celebrates its 10 years in London’s West End, we’d argue Matilda The Musical isn’t just the standout of the decade, but the stand out for years to come.
Fancy booking a school trip to Matilda The Musical?
Here are all the details you need to book and plan a school trip to see Matilda The Musical.
We’re also here to answer all your questions, offer advice, get you a free quote and help you book your tickets in the best seats for the best price.
We can’t wait to help you plan a school trip to this smash-hit musical you and your students will LOVE!
Cambridge Theatre, London (close to Covent Garden, Holborn and Leicester Square)
English, Drama, Music, PSHE
Free teaching resources:
Yes – including education packs, educational videos and interactive educational games
£25 per student for Tuesday – Thursday evenings and Wednesday Matinees
Free teacher places:
Yes – 1 free adult ticket for every 10 students