Matilda interviews: Alisha Weir, Emma Thompson and Andrea Riseborough talk to Cineworld

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical is on release now at Cineworld cinemas. This delightful adaptation of Tim Minchin and Denny Kelly's stage musical, itself based on Dahl's classic book, skips onto the screen in a joyous frenzy of toe-tapping songs and outsized performances.

Newcomer Alisha Weir plays the bookish and bright Matilda Wormwood who finds herself pitted against her monstrous new headmistress, The Trunchbull. The latter is played by a memorably nasty Emma Thompson who embodies that quintessential Dahlian notion of grown-ups being inherently more obscene and obnoxious than children.

Matilda the Musical is one of the biggest family releases of the season, filled with humour and heartwarming moments. We caught up with Alisha, Emma and Andrea Riseborough, who plays the amusingly appalling Mrs. Wormwood, to discuss their prep for the movie's exhaustively staged song and dance numbers. They also kindly take the time to answer the questions that Cineworlders put forward for them. Check out our interviews below.


Do you know about the Cineworld Family Ticket? It means that adults pay kids' prices (valid for groups of four people with up to two paying adults) and allows you to be more childish together while you watch Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical.

In addition to the discount on the price of your seat, Cineworld's Family Ticket also gets you more than 30% off the price of a Family Special snack pack.

The Family Special includes two kids' Munchboxes – each containing a small box of sweet or salted popcorn, a Fruit Shoot or a bottle of water, plus a packet of Milky Way Magic Stars or raisins – along with a regular popcorn and two regular soft drinks for the adults in the group. Present your Family Ticket at the snacks counter and you can get it for the bargain price of just £13.90 (or £15.90 if you want to go large).