When you hear the name Matilda, it will surely take you to the good old days. Matilda is a classic book by Roald Dahl and was released in 1988. Matilda the Musical adapts this classic book, featuring a spectacular cast. When you look at the ensemble cast, you will know why the world eagerly awaited this musical and was counting days to its release.
Interestingly, it all started with a book and a fan-favorite movie. Yes, Matilda was made into a movie in 1996, and now in 2023, you can watch the new adaptation, Matilda, the musical, on Netflix. So, let’s explore the world of Matilda and the cast and plot.
Who Is In The Cast?
Before we begin with the cast, let’s look at the Musical’s synopsis.
The story revolves around a little girl Matilda, played by Alisha Weir. Matilda Wormwood is filled with kindness and creativity, but her parents are the worst.
The Wormhoods make money by making dodgy schemes and gifting, and do you know what is one thing they love the most? Watching TV for hours. She joins the school and is filled with dreams and an amazing place filled with books and friends; however, dreams differ from reality. And this is where the story of Little Matilda begins.
Alisha Weir As Matilda Wormwood
Matilda Wormwood is played by the young talented actress Alisha Weir. Matilda is described as a sharp girl who can make bold decisions.
Emma Thompson As Miss Agatha Trunchbull
Well, who does not know Emma Thompson? Emms is playing the character of Agatha Trunchball, who is described as a fierce tyrannical monster. She is the headmistress of the school, and she hates children. She has so much contempt for kids that she does not believe she was a kid someday!
Lashana Lynch As Miss Jennifer Honey
Miss Jennifer is a kind-hearted teacher, played by Lashana Lynch. She is an inspiration to Matilda, and she encourages her to dream. Miss Honey recognizes above-average intellect of Matilda, and she encourages her academic and reading activities.
Andrea Riseborough As Mrs. Zinnia Wormwood
The part of Matilda’s mother, Mrs. Zinnia Wormwood, is played by Andrea Riseborough. Matilda’s mother is vain, and she has contempt for her daughter. Her looks are more important to her than her kids. She does not bother to care for her family and is not interested in how intelligent her daughter is.
Stephen Graham As Mr. Harry Wormwood
Stephen Graham plays the role of Matilda’s neglectful father. He is a used car salesman. However, he uses sketchy methods to sell the car. He even has a side business dealing with stolen car parts. He doesn’t treat his daughter right, often calls her names, and he even tears up the book that Matilda brings home. She tries to warn his father about his illegal activities, but he brushes her off.
Other cast members are:
- Sindhu Vee as Mrs. Phelps
- Meesha Garbett as Hortensia
- Winter Jarrett-Glasspool as Amanda Thripp
- Rei Yamauchi Fulker as Lavender
- Charlie Hodson-Prior as Bruce Bogtrotter
- Ashton Robertson as Nigel
- Andrei Shen as Eric
Summing up, it is not wrong to say that Matilda the Musical is a fresh breath of nostalgia and a wonderful adaptation of the beloved book in a fresh and fun way. The musical numbers are intoxicating, and the dance sequences are fun to watch. The Musical makes the viewer fall in love with the movie and story again. And those who are watching this Netflix show for the first time will have an intoxicating experience.