Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda the Musical’: Netflix release date, trailer, cast, plot

Alisha Weir Matilda the Musical
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Fans first fell in love with Matilda when it premiered in theaters in 1996, and 26 years later, they can relive the magic all over again with Netflix’s new musical adaptation.

Matilda the Musical follows a five-year-old girl named Matilda Wormwood as she deals with life’s challenges with her dysfunctional family and school. To escape the chaos, Wormwood turns to reading and an unexpected gift for telekinesis. In the movie, Wormwood also tries assisting her teacher Miss Honey, whom she adores, in taking back her life. Matilda the Musical stars Emma Thompson, Alisha Weir, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Andrea Riseborough, Sindhu Vee, and many others.

In response to the popularity of the first film, Dennis Kelly created Matilda the Musical, which made its debut in 2010 in London at the Stratford-upon-Avon and ended in 2011. The show transferred to Broadway in 2013 and played at the Shubert Theatre in New York until 2017. 

The recent details about Matilda the Musical come after one of the stars admitted that they suffered an injury on set. Actress Emma Thompson ⏤ who plays the role of Agatha Trunchbull ⏤ told People that as she was doing a stunt for the movie, she fell and fractured her ankle.

“I fell over for no good reason and fractured my ankle,” the 63-year-old film icon said. “And I thought, ‘That’s kind of weird, I’ve never hurt myself like that. Huh, that’s because I’m getting older.’ My body’s changing and I’ve got to be more careful with it.” Thompson also told the publication that following her injury, she was required to wear a compression boot and use a cane.

Matilda the Musical was released on Netflix Christmas Day and is now available to stream.