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Matilda the Musical … a whole lot of magic and mayhem

October 2, 2018, Author: Carly Ritz

For those of us raised on author Roald Dahl’s wild world of wonder and possibility, the multi-award-winning musical comes as a real treat this October to the Teatro stage at Montecasino. We’re not sure about you guys, but we really can’t wait!  


Quiet and quirky Matilda Wormwood aged six and a half (going on sixty) who uses telekinesis to deal with her mean parents is a genius with a strong sense of independence and justice. The kind of kid most of us would like to have been – superpowers and all. Despite her moronic parents’ disdain at the notion of girls being educated, Matilda bucks the system and finds solace in the public library where she disappears into her own world of stories and books and finally makes her way to school – where more crazy things happen like the time Principal Trunchbull made Bruce Bogtrotter eat an entire chocolate cake. Even we have a daily carb limit Principal T! Get a grip! 


The story is a side-splitting take on the old school David vs Goliath narrative as the formidable Matilda takes on the bullies of her world with a little magic, a whole lot of heart and a ton of laughs. The bad guys are about to learn a few lessons they won’t forget any times soon. 

It’s one of those classics that you have to see in your lifetime. This one can’t and shouldn’t be missed. And it’s as much a show for the grown-ups (if not more) as it is for the kids – after all, as Roald Dahl once said himself, a little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men. We couldn’t agree more! 


Note to moms and dads. We would advise not taking kids younger than 6 as some parts of the story could be a little scary for the smaller ones. 

As for the man behind who first told this tale, Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more of the world’s best-loved children’s stories. He remains one of the world’s greatest storytellers and even has his own day – #Truestory. His first children’s story, James and the Giant Peach, published in 1961 was a huge hit and every subsequent book became a best-seller. Today, his stories are available in 61 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 250 million books. Many of these stories have also been adapted for stage and screen, including the 1971 film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wes Anderson’s acclaimed Fantastic Mr Fox, and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award-winning production of Matilda The Musical. Trust us! Don’t miss this one!  

17 October – 2 December 

Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Midrand

011 510 7472

Carly has a decade of wild, weird and wonderful experience in the media industry. After graduating from Rhodes University with an honours degree in journalism and politics, she tried to change the world as a journalist. She helped launch the country’s first integrated newsroom at Times Media (then called Avusa). After getting bored of politics and news, she joined forces with a brand activations and event company before joining a global PR agency – WE Worldwide as a Senior Account manager. This is her dream job but she still loves to be fancy with words and interview cool people so she writes for Hello Joburg.

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