Hey guys! If you’ve been on my blog before you’d know that it’s just one giant bucket list (my official ultimate bucket list can be found here.)
Which by the way, I update all the time by adding things on and ticking things off so I recommend checking somewhat regularly for never ending inspiration for creating (or adding to) your own bucket list.
Every time I’ve completed something on my bucket list I’ll be writing a blogpost about it.
57. See Matilda the musical ✔️
Growing up, I probably watched Matilda 5 billion times. Whenever I watch Matilda now, I just feel young again and feel ALL the nostalgic vibes.
I was also a huge fan of Roald Dahl, my favorite books of his being Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, James and the Giant Peach and of course Matilda.
My love for the movie and for Roald Dahl just made it a no brainer for me to go see Matilda the Musical at the Bristol Hippodrome.
As much as I love musical theatre, I have only been to a handful and I’m in no way a musical theatre critic. The opinions you’re going to get are completely my own and just from ya average ordinary gal.
So yesterday (Wednesday 29th May) I made my way to the hippodrome and took my seat. I was 6th row back (if I remember rightly) from the front yet slightly off to the side.
Despite this, I could see the whole show in good view the entire time and could pick up facial expressions especially well.
I must just mention that I went to see this show completely on my own. I know a lot of people would find the idea of this so daunting and I understand and sympathise with that but often in life we miss out on things solely because none of our friends/family are available. I find that such a waste and if I want to get through my mighty bucket list in my lifetime then I’m not waiting for anyone!
I’ve been to the cinema alone and solo attended a concert but never attended the theatre on my own so even I was feeling quite apprehensive but when I was queuing and sitting down I noticed quite a few other people alone too. Mostly middle-aged women. (Yes ladies!)
Another reason to go alone to musicals is the PRICE. If you leave it late, I left mine until the day before and I got such a cheap deal because single seats rarely get snapped up! Which means you’ll almost always get a seat and when you do you’ll have it for the cheapest price around.
One thing I must say is the seats at the Hippodrome are EXTREMELY uncomfortable. I honestly couldn’t even go back if I wanted to because it felt like I was resting on a plank of wood the entire time. I might be extra fussy just because I suffer with back pain a lot but I noticed the lady next to me was struggling too.
At 2:30pm the show began and right from the get go i was hooked. It was so creative and although it did briefly stick to the same storylines of the book and movie it was completely it’s own.
I just wish my nephew (who’s still just a bump) was already here and of age to take to this show because it’s PERFECT for families and I know he’d absolutely love it.
The entire time I was watching these INCREDIBLY talented children I was thinking that I probably need to get my life together. (Lol)
Honestly, the way they remember their lines and must have to rehearse so hard AND get on that scary stage so confident at such young ages inspires me no ends!
Things I liked about the show:
- The magnificent, utterly talented cast
- That it brought my childhood back to life
- How family friendly it is
- The music! My favorite songs being: Revolting Children and When I Grow Up
- How it didn’t stick firmly to the book/movie
- The set, I find it really fitting to Matilda and I noticed families all around me having fun trying to find words within the blocks
Things I didn’t like about the show:
- The AWFUL seats (issue of course with the hippodrome and not at all with the musical)
- Matilda’s “story” – when Matilda kept telling the librarian a story, although it all made sense in the end I just found that part dragged a little but I think I’d like it more during a second watch knowing the meaning behind it.
All in all I’m so glad I’ve ticked this off my bucket list. It’s such a lovely show and I can’t wait to one day take my nephew to see it!
I urge every family or anyone who really loved Matilda when they were younger to go see it immediately as they will not be left disappointed by this beyond charming show.
Matilda the musical will be playing at the Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday 8th June 2019 and you can find tickets here.
Another bucket list item ticked. What’s next?! I’ll be ticking off another bucket list item next week and I’m so excited to share my experience with you guys but until then thank you so much for reading and being part of my bucket list journey!
Please leave me a comment telling me if you’ve seen Matilda the musical before or perhaps another musical you love and think I should see next.
Daisy | ABucketListBabe x