Matilda the Musical turned out to be one of the highlights of this year’s 100th Royal Variety Performance, which took place on Monday 19 November at London's Royal Albert Hall. It's now been announced that the show will be broadcast on ITV1 on 3 December.
Exactly why the story of a little girl who suddenly discovers she possesses enormous power and can get people to do anything she wants would appeal to the Queen is anybody's guess.
Nonetheless, Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly's smash-hit adaptation of Roald Dahl's much-loved kids' book won the first-ever TheatrePeople Favourite Family Show Award just last week, as voted for by the TP audience. It also swept the board at the Oliviers earlier this year, bagging an extraordinary 7 Awards.
The star-studded Royal Variety bash was the closing event of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It was hosted by David Walliams and featured performances by Robbie Williams, Girls Aloud, One Direction, Kylie Minogue, Alicia Keys, Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Placido Domingo and Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins.
But never mind the pop royalty on offer - for our money, the Matilda cast stole the show. If you can't wait until 3 December to catch a glimpse of David Leonard as Miss Trunchbull, Steve 'Lenny Beige' Furst as Mr Wormwood and the supercute quartet of Matildas doing their irreverently magical stuff on the box, perhaps you'd best spring for a ticket and catch the whole shebang on stage.