After debuting in UK cinemas in 2022 and receiving widespread acclaim, Matilda the Musical will soon be heading to Netflix.


An adaptation of the West End hit Matilda the Musical, which is in turn based on the classic children’s novel by Roald Dahl, the film follows Matilda (Alicia Weir) as she leads a revolution at her new school against the villainous headmistress Ms Trunchbull (Emma Thompson), and features songs by Tim Minchin.

The movie also sees James Bond actress Lashana Lynch adopt the iconic role of Matilda’s ally and sweet teacher, Miss Honey, while Stephen Graham steps in as Weir’s on-screen conman dad, Mr Wormwood.

Matilda the Musical sees Thompson undergo her most dramatic on-screen transformation yet (yes, more than in Nanny McPhee) to play Miss Trunchbull.

"It's very existential," she told Entertainment Weekly. "It's an out-of-body experience. That is freeing. I don't feel a desperate need to get away from myself or anything. But it is a form of release to be able to inhabit another soul in that way, [a way] that's very physical. When the physicality helps you to find who this person is, it's a great privilege."

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Asked what he made of the ever-spectacular Thompson joining the cast, Minchin told Radio Times Magazine: "She’s fearless and outrageous in that role. We’ve always cast men as Miss Trunchbull on stage because she has to be six feet tall and pick up a child and swing it around. The men who play Trunchbull often end up in physio. But in a film you can use CGI, so then it’s a case of, who’s the best actor?"

Read on to find out everything you need to know about how to watch the film.

Is Matilda the musical movie on Netflix?

Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical. Sony PIctures

Not yet! In the UK, there's currently no release date for the film's Netflix debut, but it is available on Netflix in the US and globally.

However, that doesn't mean you won't be able to watch it this side of the pond, though, as the musical will have a theatrical release in November.

Is Matilda the musical movie available to watch in cinemas?

Matilda the Musical
Winter Jarrett-Glasspool as Amanda Thripp, Ashton Robertson as Nigel, Alisha Weir as Matilda, Rei Yamauchi Fulker as Lavender, Andrei Shen as Eric in Matilda the Musical.

Yes, Matilda the Musical is out now in UK cinemas. It became available to watch from 25th November, following its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.

In the US, the movie premiers in select theatres on 9th December.

Matilda musical movie digital release date

Matilda will become available to rent or buy on most digital platforms on 8th February 2023.

When will Matilda the Musical be available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray?

If you’re after a physical copy, then you’re in luck.

Matilda is scheduled to come out on on DVD and Blu-ray on 20th February, 2023

In the meantime, you can pre-order Matilda through retailers such as Amazon.

Who appears in the Matilda musical movie?

Stephen Graham as Mr Wormwood and Andrea Riseborough as Mrs Wormwood in Matilda the Musical.

The movie has secured a stellar cast, which includes Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull, Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey and Alisha Weir as Matilda.

The reliably brilliant Stephen Graham (The Walk-In, Peaky Blinders) will play Matilda's father, while Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, Birdman, Never Let Me Go) will play her mother.

Comedian Sindhu Vee has also joined the Matilda cast, playing librarian Mrs Phelps.

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical is out now in UK cinemas and on Netflix in the US. Sign up for Netflix from £6.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.

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