I was so disappointed to see that there were going to be no ballet productions on whilst we were in London. For ballet-loving Australian’s who travel this far, a night out watching either the Royal Ballet or the English National Ballet is a must, but as it’s so early in the season, neither company had started performing yet and we missed their season premiers by a few days.
The second best thing to do is to go and see a musical on West End. I still remember the first time I came to London in 2006. We went to see Billy Elliot and Footloose, and after both performances I was on such a high that I could have danced all the way home.
This trip, I had my heart set on seeing “Matilda”. The Roald Dahl book was one of my favourites as a child, and I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen the movie. Luckily Adeline and Sophie were in agreement, and after finding tickets in Leicester Square, we headed to the Cambridge Theatre. I read somewhere that Matilda has been running on West End since 2007. That always makes me a little bit apprehensive. I mean it’s only natural that after eight years, the production could be a little bit stale.
My concerns were unfounded. The musical was witty and charming, the character perfectly cast (most especially the Trunchbull, played by a man with the most ridiculous bust I have ever seen), and I left the theatre with that feeling of contentment and fulfilment that I have come to associate with good theatre. In fact “Matilda” is most definitely my favourite musical to date.