8 Fun Facts for Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical on Netflix

By 12/27/2022 11:31:00 AM

To celebrate Roald Dahl’s #MatildaTheMusical release on Netflix, I'm sharing these fun facts about the film for families to enjoy.

Fun Facts for Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

Fun Facts for Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

  • Trunchbull’s look is inspired by the famous Quentin Blake Illustrations.
  • Boot up. Miss Trunchbull’s distinctive boots were inspired by a 1920s Swedish deep sea diver boot, square toed with soles made out of pure lead.
  • Full-Stretch. The stunt performer [Leon Fagbemi] doubling for the Escapologist in the film is an artist from the Cirque du Soleil.
  • What’s in a name? The name “Matilda” is of Old German origin and means "mighty in battle".
  • Statue of Limitations. The intimidating statue of Trunchbull in the playground of Crunchem Hall is an original. Made from polystyrene and sprayed with vinyl to give it strength and texture when painted. It was a whopping 7.5 meters tall. The statue’s concrete plinth was inspired by Friedrich Engels’ statue, which can now be seen in Manchester’s city centre.
  • Dance Dance Revolution. Matilda The Musical boasts a dance ensemble of 250 talented kids.
  • Is it cake? 150 enormous chocolate cakes were made and destroyed in the filming of the musical number “Bruce”.
  • The Continuity department dog was on set every day - Matilda is canine Mabel’s fourth film.

Roald Dahl’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL is open in select US theaters and globally on Netflix.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical on Netflix


Matilda Wormwood (Alisha Weir) is a little girl with big curiosity, a sharp mind and a vivid imagination — and the worst parents in the world. While her parents (Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough) content themselves with trashy TV and dodgy money-making schemes, she loves to lose herself in the pages of her beloved books.

On meeting her inspirational teacher, Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), Matilda is encouraged and begins conjuring her own fantastical tales.

Excited to attend Crunchem Hall, Matilda is surprised to find the school is an ominous and oppressive place led by the towering and villainous Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson).

Filled with an overwhelming sense of justice, Matilda dares to take a stand for what is right and teach Trunchbull a lesson she won’t forget.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical | Official Trailer | Netflix

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is an inspirational musical tale of an extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and summons the remarkable courage, against all odds, to help others change their stories, whilst also taking charge of her own destiny.

Directed by Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus (Matilda The Musical), the film is produced by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan for Working Title, Jon Finn (Billy Elliot), and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company.

Screenwriter Dennis Kelly adapts the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production for the big screen, with original music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

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