ROALD Dahl’s classic about the girl who loved books with magical powers has been brought to life with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s musical retelling of the story.

The show is on until Saturday night at Bristol Hippodrome.

With music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and book by Dennis Kelly the show captures the children’s writers popular tale and relives it on stage. Worth mentioning is the clever set design in which the story is staged, it is eye catching and sucks the audience right into the heart of the tale.

Matilda tells the story of a girl ignored and detested by her parents, especially when she shows a love of learning and books. But when she starts school, Miss Honey sees her potential. However the evil Miss Trunchball has other ideas and becomes obsessed with getting Matilda punished in Chocky.

As Matilda realises what is right and wrong in the world she discovers a unique way of making sure the badies do not win out.

The costumes echo Quentin Blake's classic illustrations, with Miss Trunchball’s hunched shoulders and grotesque proportions. Matilda’s horrible parents are the mean characters depicted in the book and you love to hate them both.

Elliot Harper plays the bad headmistress and brings bundles life and energy to the stage. Every time Miss Trunchball came onstage you knew you would be entertained.

Matilda, played by Olivia Juna Cleverley deserved the standing ovation she got as she played the little girl with big ideas and commanded the stage among her cast members.

And the rest of the cast shone as they belted out catchy tunes and performed among the stunning stage setting.

The young talent of the children on stage was inspiring to watch and they really looked like they were having a great time.

It was the best show I have seen for ages and a truly heart warming night out.

Tickets form £25- £49.50.