History Theatre / Matilda

26th Oct '17 11:30:27 AM xcountryguy
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* AbusiveParents: Possibly more neglectful than actually abusive in the Wormwoods' case; on the other hand, the abuse Miss Honey received as a child [[spoiler: from her aunt, Miss Trunchbull]] has left her terrified for life. Worse yet, everybody else's parents make a [[CrowdSong song and dance routine]] about their own little miracles.

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* AbusiveParents: Possibly more neglectful than actually abusive in the Wormwoods' case; on the other hand, the abuse Miss Honey received as a child [[spoiler: from [[spoiler:from her aunt, Miss Trunchbull]] has left her terrified for life. Worse yet, everybody else's parents make a [[CrowdSong song and dance routine]] about their own little miracles.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Before the climax, the librarian narrates that there isn't a happy ending, referring to the fact Matilda is still raised by her abusive parents. Though this takes place right before Matilda does get her happy ending.]] It's possible said "unhappy ending" is [[spoiler: alludes to the fact that the Wormwoods would never really change for the better, though there's some hope for Mr. Wormwood.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Before [[spoiler:Before the climax, the librarian narrates that there isn't a happy ending, referring to the fact Matilda is still raised by her abusive parents. Though this takes place right before Matilda does get her happy ending.]] It's possible said "unhappy ending" is [[spoiler: alludes [[spoiler:alludes to the fact that the Wormwoods would never really change for the better, though there's some hope for Mr. Wormwood.]]



** Also, "I'm Here" has a reprise that's a counterpoint to the final stretch of [[spoiler: "My House", as it becomes clear that the Escapologist was actually Miss Honey's father]].

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** Also, "I'm Here" has a reprise that's a counterpoint to the final stretch of [[spoiler: "My [[spoiler:"My House", as it becomes clear that the Escapologist was actually Miss Honey's father]].



* IAmSpartacus: After Lavender is made to spell a long made up word, the entire rest of the class misspells words knowing that they can't all fit in the Chokey at once. [[spoiler: Of course, the Trunchbull found a way to get around that...]]

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* IAmSpartacus: After Lavender is made to spell a long made up word, the entire rest of the class misspells words knowing that they can't all fit in the Chokey at once. [[spoiler: Of [[spoiler:Of course, the Trunchbull found a way to get around that...]]



* MeaningfulName: The musical gives this to Magnus Honey. [[spoiler: Magnus means "great", which is a common title for circus performers.]]
* MindOverMatter: Plus some limited clairvoyance this time around? Matilda knows things about [[spoiler: Miss Honey's past]] without realising it.

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* MeaningfulName: The musical gives this to Magnus Honey. [[spoiler: Magnus [[spoiler:Magnus means "great", which is a common title for circus performers.]]
* MindOverMatter: Plus some limited clairvoyance this time around? Matilda knows things about [[spoiler: Miss [[spoiler:Miss Honey's past]] without realising it.



* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The story Matilda is telling to Ms. Phelps throughout the show? [[spoiler: It's actually Miss Honey's backstory!]]

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* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The story Matilda is telling to Ms. Phelps throughout the show? [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's actually Miss Honey's backstory!]]



* VillainousBreakdown: As in the book, the terrifying Miss Trunchbull ''freaks out'' when Matilda uses her powers to [[spoiler: [[ScarecrowSolution impersonate Miss Honeys dead father]], heavily implied to have been murdered by Trunchbull]]. This is the only version of the story in which she does not faint at any point, however. Instead, she is bullied off the stage by the children (and Miss Honey) in complete hysterics.

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* VillainousBreakdown: As in the book, the terrifying Miss Trunchbull ''freaks out'' when Matilda uses her powers to [[spoiler: [[ScarecrowSolution [[spoiler:[[ScarecrowSolution impersonate Miss Honeys dead father]], heavily implied to have been murdered by Trunchbull]]. This is the only version of the story in which she does not faint at any point, however. Instead, she is bullied off the stage by the children (and Miss Honey) in complete hysterics.
1st Jun '17 12:28:20 PM Maestrojosh87
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* IAmSpartacus: After Lavender is made to spell a long made up word, the entire rest of the class misspells words knowing that they can't all fit in the Chokey at once.

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* IAmSpartacus: After Lavender is made to spell a long made up word, the entire rest of the class misspells words knowing that they can't all fit in the Chokey at once. [[spoiler: Of course, the Trunchbull found a way to get around that...]]
23rd Apr '17 12:36:21 AM PaulA
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** When Miss Honey is assessing her reading ability, Matilda gives a long list of books she has read recently, including ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', ''Literature/OliverTwist'', ... and ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat''.

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** When Miss Honey is assessing her reading ability, Matilda gives a long list of books she has read recently, including ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', ''Literature/OliverTwist'', ... ''Literature/NicholasNickleby'', ''Literature/OliverTwist'', ''Literature/JaneEyre'', ''Literature/TessOfTheDurbervilles'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'', ''Literature/TheSecretGarden'', ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', ...and ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat''.
21st Apr '17 9:55:10 AM PaulA
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* GenkiGirl: Not in-universe but Broadway!Matilda Oona is definitely this and West End!Matilda Eleanor is to a lesser extent.



* OutOfFocus: West End!Matilda Sophia is always speaks less in interviews, compared to say Cleo. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaEUamnLwKo This]] interview highlights it and she always looks moody. In reality she is a massive sweetheart and gave up her ''Matilda'' contract because she missed her normal life, looking forward to going back to dancing and violin lessons and almost turned down the role. Plus thanking her brother and sister in her Olivier speech.
21st Apr '17 9:52:53 AM PaulA
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* AdaptationDistillation: The various crooked deals Mr Wormwood does in the book are streamlined into a subplot about a single deal he is arranging with a group of foreign businessmen that he is convinced will make his fortune, but instead leads to him fleeing the country with his family after [[spoiler:the people he scammed turn out to be members of TheMafiya]].



* AdultsAreUseless: Mr and Mrs Wormwood don't even care. The teachers are terrified of Miss Trunchbull. There's always the librarian in town - or if all else fails, [[spoiler:TheMafiya]].

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* AdultsAreUseless: Mr and Mrs Wormwood don't even care. The teachers are terrified of Miss Trunchbull. There's always the The librarian in town - or if is friendly, but more childlike than some of the children and not very observant. If all else fails, there is [[spoiler:TheMafiya]].



-->My mummy says I'm a lousy little worm.\\

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-->My **
--->My
mummy says I'm a lousy little worm.\\



** When Miss Honey is assessing her reading ability, Matilda gives a long list of books she has read recently, including ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', ''Literature/OliverTwist'', ... and ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat''.



* BilingualBonus: Sergei has a small argument in Russian with his [[TheMafiya henchmen]] after finishing his poignant musical interlude. When he sings Matilda's name, his thugs think that he says "dah", the Russian word for "yes".
** Let's not forget that ''Matilda herself'' [[spoiler:spoke Russian to keep Sergei's henchmen from hurting her father.]]

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* BilingualBonus: BilingualBonus:
** Miss Honey addresses Rudolpho in Italian.
** Matilda has a conversation in Russian with Sergei, the leader of the Russian businessmen, [[spoiler:to keep Sergei's henchmen from hurting her father.]]
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Sergei has a small argument in Russian with his [[TheMafiya henchmen]] after finishing his poignant musical interlude. When he sings Matilda's name, his thugs think that he says "dah", the Russian word for "yes".
** Let's not forget that ''Matilda herself'' [[spoiler:spoke Russian to keep Sergei's henchmen from hurting her father.]]
"yes".



* CanonForeigner: Rudolpho, the Acrobat and the Escapologist and the former's sister, and [[spoiler: The Mafiya; also, the Escapologist, the Acrobat and her sister are subversions. They are actually Miss Honey's parents and and Trunchbull, respectively]].

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* CanonForeigner: CanonForeigner:
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Rudolpho, the Mrs Wormwood's dancing partner.
** The Russian businessmen.
** The
Acrobat and the Escapologist and the former's sister, and [[spoiler: The Mafiya; also, the Escapologist, the Acrobat and her sister are from Matilda's story [[spoiler:are subversions. They are actually Miss Honey's parents and and Miss Trunchbull, respectively]].



* ChairReveal: Miss Trunchbull.

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* ChairReveal: Miss Trunchbull.Trunchbull's first appearance.



-->'''Trunchbull:''' ''[[ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld In this world, children, there are two types of human being]]. The winners and the losers. I am a winner. [[MotiveRant I play by the rules, and I win]]. If I play by the rules and . . . I do not win, then something is wrong. Something is not working. If something is wrong, [[IronicEcho you have to put it right]]. Even if it screams.''

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-->'''Trunchbull:''' ''[[ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld [[ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld In this world, children, there are two types of human being]]. The winners and the losers. I am a winner. [[MotiveRant I play by the rules, and I win]]. If I play by the rules and . . . I do not win, then something is wrong. Something is not working. If something is wrong, [[IronicEcho you have to put it right]]. Even if it screams.''



* DontTryThisAtHome: Parodied. At the beginning of the second act there's an announcement warning that the show includes depictions of dangerous activities that the children in the audience should not imitate. But the announcement is being made by Mr. Wormwood, who's referring to ''reading books''.



* IAmSpartacus: After Lavender is mad to spell a long made up word, the entire rest of the class misspells words knowing that they can't all fit in the Chokey at once.

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* IAmSpartacus: After Lavender is mad made to spell a long made up word, the entire rest of the class misspells words knowing that they can't all fit in the Chokey at once. once.



* LongList: Matilda's list of the books she's read in the past few days.



* NoFourthWall: Lavender, on occasion, and Bruce when Miss Trunchbull blames Matilda for stealing her chocolate cake. Also Mr Wormwood in "Telly".

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* NoFourthWall: Lavender, on occasion, and Bruce when Miss Trunchbull blames Matilda for stealing her chocolate cake. Also Mr Wormwood in "Telly". In the final scene, Mrs Phelps and Miss Honey address the audience directly to describe what happened to each of the characters afterward.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: As Matilda sings "Quiet", Miss Trunchbull launches into a lengthy, vicious tirade after the former defends Eric against her physical bullying. Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood also have their moments.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: As Matilda sings "Quiet", Miss Trunchbull launches into a lengthy, vicious tirade after the former defends Eric against her physical bullying. Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood also have their moments.TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:



** As Matilda sings "Quiet", Miss Trunchbull launches into a lengthy, vicious tirade after the former defends Eric against her physical bullying. Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood also have their moments.



* RunningGag: In the first scene, Mr. Wormwood assumes that his new child is a son, and continues to address Matilda as "boy" in every subsequent scene [[spoiler:until the final scene, where he gets it right when showing that he's genuinely going to miss her at least a bit]].



* ShoutOut: To another Roald Dahl work, in the climactic song "Revolting Children": "We are revolting children, living in revolting times/We sing revolting songs, using [[Literature/RevoltingRhymes revolting rhymes]]...

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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To another Roald Dahl work, in the climactic song "Revolting Children": "We are revolting children, living in revolting times/We sing revolting songs, using [[Literature/RevoltingRhymes revolting rhymes]]...
11th Feb '17 11:00:56 AM Roo
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Added DiffLines:

* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->My mummy says I'm a lousy little worm.\\
My daddy says I'm a bore.\\
My mummy says I'm a jumped-up little germ,\\
That girls like me should be against the law.\\
My daddy says I should learn to shut my pie-hole,\\
No-one likes a smart-mouthed girl like me.\\
Mum says I'm a good case for population control...\\
Dad says I should watch more TV.
7th Nov '16 7:51:07 PM Groverman62
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* KindheartedSimpleton: Poor Michael. In the book he used to be just an ordinary kid - stupid compared to Matilda, but so was everybody. Now he's gone full idiot. He's still no villain, though; he doesn't seem to have the capacity. Mr and Mrs Wormwood's anti-intellectual world of loud noises and bright colours suits him just fine. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAZozLxHvSE TELLY!]]

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* KindheartedSimpleton: Poor Michael. In the book he used to be just an ordinary kid - stupid compared to Matilda, but so was everybody. Now he's gone full idiot. He's still no villain, though; Here, he doesn't seem seems to have be downright mentally retarded, not doing much other than lying around and repeating the capacity. Mr and Mrs Wormwood's anti-intellectual world of loud noises and bright colours suits him just fine.last word he hears someone say. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAZozLxHvSE TELLY!]]
9th Oct '16 2:57:17 PM Pamina
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* AbusiveParents: Possibly more neglectful than actually abusive in the Wormwoods' case; on the other hand, the abuse Miss Honey received as a child has left her terrified for life. Worse yet, everybody else's parents make a [[CrowdSong song and dance routine]] about their own little miracles.

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* AbusiveParents: Possibly more neglectful than actually abusive in the Wormwoods' case; on the other hand, the abuse Miss Honey received as a child [[spoiler: from her aunt, Miss Trunchbull]] has left her terrified for life. Worse yet, everybody else's parents make a [[CrowdSong song and dance routine]] about their own little miracles.
4th Jun '16 3:50:55 PM MisterApple
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* BiggerOnTheInside: The kids ponder Bruce's ability to down that massive cake with the lyrics "Or maybe your largeness/Is like the [[Series/DoctorWho TARDIS]]:/Considerably roomier inside."

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* BiggerOnTheInside: The kids ponder Bruce's ability to down that massive cake with the lyrics "Or maybe your largeness/Is a bit like the [[Series/DoctorWho TARDIS]]:/Considerably roomier inside."



** Or maybe because your largeness/is like a [[Series/DoctorWho TARDIS]]

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** Or maybe because your largeness/is a bit like a the [[Series/DoctorWho TARDIS]]
5th May '16 11:56:38 AM Pamina
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Bruce Bogtrotter may or may not be overweight depending on the child actor who plays him, but is rarely as heavy as he is in the book and 1996 film

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Bruce Bogtrotter may or may not be overweight depending on the child actor who plays him, but is rarely as heavy as he is in the book and 1996 filmfilm.
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