The musical adaptation of David Walliams’ 2008 children’s book features songs by pop star Robbie Williams. But then Matilda didn't have a farting dog. We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details. The opening number "Ordinary" describes the world he inhabits. It doesn't plumb the depths – there's no real explanation of why Dennis's mum abandons her husband and two sons, and a late plot twist about the school's strict headmaster is not what you'd call convincing – but it has a speed of attack and a stamp of conviction that are positively elating. “Ordinary. And so Dennis wears one of Lisa’s dresses to school, with predictable results. David Walliams wrote the book (adapted by Mark Ravenhill) and it is produced and directed by the RSC, whose production of Matilda remains a global hit. You would think, with a creative team like that, this would be another global hit. The Boy in the Dress. Rufus Hound hits the emotional notes as Dennis's Dad, Charlotte Wakefield (as the dotty French teacher) and Natasha Lewis as Darvesh's eccentric mum are amiably funny, while Forbes Masson as the headmaster, singing about his hatred for kids through gritted teeth, is vividly nasty. Since his mum left home he's had a rough time of things, but he is comforted by the memory of her wearing a bright yellow dress - which is similar to the one on the cover of British Vogue in the local corner shop. Teachers naturally play the bad guys, and the petty rules—ties straight, skirts 1” above the knee—resonated as much with the mature audience in the stalls as the school parties above. Mark Ravenhill wrote the witty script. It also puts characters like Gangsta Granny onto the page. Sign up for exclusive discounts and save up to 50% on tickets! That spark ignites a desire for female fashion shared by the school’s prettiest student Lisa (Tabitha Knowles, who sings beautifully). But this is more than a glitzy musical. This show is just as much a hit, an exhilarating assertion of the goodness in people and their capacity for acceptance of difference, at a time when we very much need that sentiment to be shouted and sung from the rooftops. Dennis may be the star striker of the football team, but he longs to wear a frock. Olivier winner Sharon D. Clarke will also honor Don Black during the evening, mostly pre-filmed at the London Palladium. The RSC’s musical adaptation of The Boy in the Dress, David Walliams’s 2008 children’s book, arrives on such an awesome wave of talent, it’s pointless to resist. The Boy in the Dress at the RSC until 8 March, 2020, Karimloo Sings 'Constant Angel' From Streaming Concert, Joel Harper-Jackson Announces Release of Debut Album, West End and Royal Ballet Performers Create 'Hush', LES MIS, PHANTOM, & MARY POPPINS on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT, Samantha Barks Sings 'Safer' From FIRST DATE, Watch the Trailer For The Barn Theatre's MARRY ME A LITTLE Starring Rob Houchen and Celinde Schoenmaker, Watch the Trailer For UNCLE VANYA, the Filmed Production Coming to Cinemas This Month, Rob Houchen and Celinde Schoenmaker Perform 'All Things Bright and Beautiful (Part 2)' From MARRY ME A LITTLE, BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT Contestants Perform 'Into the Unknown'.