As a chorus of children boast "My mummy says I'm a miracle", the ballroom-dancing obssessed T.V. addict Mrs. Wormwood gives birth to a baby girl called Matilda. Whilst the doctor professes Matilda the most beautiful child he has ever seen, Mrs. Wormwood is more worried about a dancing-contest she has missed and Mr. Wormwood dismisses the child as an "ugly little thing". ("Miracle")
Five years later Matilda lives an unhappy existence with Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood and her older, gormless brother Michael. Matilda can already read, going through several books a week. The Wormwoods are oblivious to Matilda's gift, frequently mocking and verbally abusing her. Matilda realises that sometimes, to make things right, you have to be a little bit "Naughty"; so she swaps her father's hair oil for her mother's hydrogen peroxide, leaving Mr. Wormwood with bright green hair.
The next day is Matilda's first day at school ("The School Song"). Her teacher, Miss Honey, is immediately impressed by Matilda's precociousness and ability, so she resolves to recommend that Matilda is moved to the top class with the older children ("Pathetic"). However, the headmistress Miss Trunchbull dismisses Miss Honey's suggestion and lectures her on the importance of adhering strictly to "The Rules" ("The Hammer").
Back at the Wormwood household, Mr. Wormwood is frustrated and takes his frustration out on Matilda. He destroys one of her library books, prompting her to put superglue around the rim of his hat ("Naughty (Reprise)").
At school, Matilda learns about Miss Trunchbull's cruel punishments, including Chokey, a tiny, dank cupboard with broken glass and nails in the walls and floor that she locks naughty children in for hours on end ("The Chokey Chant"). Meanwhile, Miss Honey decides to pay the Wormwoods a visit to express her recommendation that Matilda be put in an advanced class. Mrs. Wormwood only mocks Miss Honey's interest in books and intellect ("Loud"). Alone outside the Wormwood household, Miss Honey is desperate to help Matilda ("This Little Girl").
At school, Bruce Bogtrotter, a boy in Matilda's class, has stolen a slice of Miss Trunchbull's personal chocolate cake. When she discovers this, she decides to punish Bruce by forcing him to eat an entire cake all by himself in front of the class, who bravely support him ("Bruce"). After Bruce has finished the cake, the class celebrates his success but Miss Trunchbull drags Bruce away for the second part of his punishment: Chokey.
During the interval, Mr. Wormwood appears with a disclaimer, apologising for the show's rampant support for reading and warns children that if they do read they will go blind, become smelly and get verrucas (of the mind). He then introduces what he considers to be "the pinnacle of man's success": television ("All I Know I Learnt From Telly").
After the "Entr'acte," the children sing about their future, Miss Honey laments and Matilda resolves to put an end to Miss Trunchbull's cruelty ("When I Grow Up"). Lavender, a girl in Matilda's class, confides in the audience that, after being given the job of preparing Miss Trunchbull's jug of water, she found a newt and put it in the jug.
The next day, Miss Trunchbull forces Miss Honey's class to participate in a grueling physical education lesson ("The Smell of Rebellion"). When she goes to drink from her water jug, she discovers the newt inside and immediately accuses the first child she lays eyes on. Matilda stands up and tells Miss Trunchbull off for being a bully. Trunchbull launches into a tirade of abuse against Matilda, but Matilda retreats in her mind to a place where everything is "Quiet" and discovers she has the ability to move objects with her mind. With her newfound ability, she tips over the Trunchbull's water jug, soaking her in water and newt. Later on, Matilda demonstrates her powers to Miss Honey. Taken aback, Miss Honey invites Matilda back to her house for a cup of tea and a conversation.
Miss Honey's house turns out to be nothing more than an old farm shed. Matilda discovers that Miss Honey has been forced to live in abject poverty by her cruel and abusive aunt, who looked after her as a child when her parents died. When Miss Honey first got her job as a teacher, the aunt produced a bill of every meal and drink Miss Honey had ever had as a child, as well as any other conceivable expense, and forced Miss Honey to sign a contract binding her to pay it all back. Despite all this, Miss Honey manages to find a simple beauty in her meagre living conditions ("My House").
Miss Trunchbull, at her cruellest, has built many, many more Chokeys and forces the children to participate in a spelling test; anyone who fails to spell a word properly is sent to a Chokey. As she discovers the children have been taught well by Miss Honey, Trunchbull begins to invent words to force the children into Chokey. But Matilda uses her powers to make a piece of chalk write on the blackboard and make Miss Trunchbull believe that it is the ghost of Miss Honey's father demanding that Miss Trunchbull give his daughter her inheritance and the family home and run away. This causes her to run from the school screaming, and the children celebrate their new found anarchic freedom ("Revolting Children").
The show ends with Matilda being allowed to live in happiness with Miss Honey.
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