Larry and I were invited as VIP guests to see the award-wining production of Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre in London.
I was very excited as it's not only a show I have been dying to see, but musical theatre, as you know, is my first love.
We arrived at the theatre to be greeted by a wonderful member of the VIP hospitality team and taken to the Cambridge Suite inside the theatre. Champagne and cosy sofas greeted us (unfortunately orange juice for me) and a few delicious nibbles prior to taking our seats. There was a buzz backstage as we were presented with our tickets and programmes ready for curtain up. Then we were told Dustin Hoffman and his family were in that night and he would be sharing the VIP suite with us.
He was so humble and laid back, which was very refreshing, and his son is the spitting image. One question everyone asked me is, "is he small?" Oh yes!
We all loved the show. In fact "loved the show" is an understatement. It truly took my breath away and during the curtain call I actually shed a tear and hairs on my body stood up at the incredible talent that was standing on the stage in front of me.
We had amazing seats so we could see the expression on every face in great detail. Every word, every movement was perfect with incredible performances. In fact, some of the best performances I have ever seen on a West End stage. The little girl, Hayley, who played Matilda was outstanding and her role is very demanding. This nine-year old gave us the performance of her life, as if it were, and her last number was jaw dropping. A standing ovation wasn't in doubt and the whole theatre erupted with rapturous applause that just went on and on.
You can see the RSC have stayed true to who they are, picking the cast to perfection – which cannot have been an easy job.
We went back to the hospitality suite after the show to say our goodbyes before we were taken backstage (in fact under the stage) to a friend of ours, Steve Furst's dressing room. Steve plays Matilda's father in the show and his performance is again an outstanding one and one never to be forgotten.
He is just perfect for the role. He is loving being part of an award-winning musical but, as I know, eight shows a week can take its toll on you. But then again, all that exhaustion just disappears when the overture begins and on curtain up the adrenaline rush is like a tornado twirling through the body. The roller coaster begins for the next two hours and 40 until curtain down and you just don't want to get off!
This is a show that will definitely run and run…
I would love to know if you have seen it. Let me know your thoughts if so.
I am going again in August for a friend's birthday and already I am having withdrawal symptoms. Next is "The Sunshine Boys" and "Singing in the Rain"!
New pictures of the boys coming shortly!