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Matilda the Musical: A triumph of spirit and wit to dazzle Abu Dhabi

Matilda the Musical: A triumph of spirit and wit to dazzle Abu Dhabi
19 June 2024 08:51

ABU DHABI (ALETIHAD)

For four days, Matilda the Musical will enchant Abu Dhabi with its tale of triumph against adversity. It’s an invitation to dream big and laugh along with a little girl who proves that even the smallest person can change their own story.

The production has enchanted audiences from Broadway to the West End and now, ends up on the shores of Abu Dabi. As the musical takes to the stage from June 20 to 23, 2024, at the Etihad Arena, the capital’s cosmopolitan audience will be treated to a spectacle that has captivated hearts worldwide.

The production’s arrival in Abu Dhabi is a testament to the city’s growing reputation as a hub for world-class entertainment. The Etihad Arena on Yas Island provides the perfect backdrop for this enchanting tale of spirit and wit, promising theatre-goers an immersive experience.

Matilda the Musical is based on the 1988 children’s novel by Roald Dahl. The musical was adapted by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. It was first developed by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, in 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in 2011. The show was a critical and commercial success, leading to productions all over the world including Broadway in New York City, where it opened in 2013.

The musical is the story of a young girl named Matilda Wormwood, who is extraordinarily intelligent and loves reading. Despite being neglected and mistreated by her crass and ignorant parents, she finds solace in books and develops telekinetic powers. Matilda’s life changes when she starts school and meets the kind-hearted Miss Honey, who recognises her talents. However, the school’s tyrannical headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is a formidable obstacle to Matilda’s happiness. The story follows Matilda’s journey as she uses her wit and abilities to stand up to her parents and Miss Trunchbull, changing her own destiny and that of those around her. It’s a tale of empowerment, resilience, and the transformative power of education and kindness.

The musical has won over 101 international awards, including multiple Olivier Awards and Tony Awards. It’s celebrated for its creative stagecraft, faithful adaptation of Dahl’s story, and its powerful message about the strength of children. The show continues to be a favourite among audiences of all ages for its heartwarming narrative and catchy music.

The staging of Matilda the Musical in Abu Dhabi is an affirmation of the transformative power of storytelling. In a city that prides itself on architectural marvels and technological advancements, this musical reminds us that at the heart of innovation lies imagination.

Source: Aletihad - Abu Dhabi
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