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Bertie Carvel gives his all as 'Matilda's' demonic Miss Trunchbull
Bertie Carvel gives his all as 'Matilda's' demonic Miss Trunchbull

NEW YORK — Miss Agatha Trunchbull, headmistress of Crunchem Hall school, hates pigtails. They're good only to serve as handles by which she can toss a rebellious child into the air — a feat this one-time Olympic hammer-throwing champion shows off early in "Matilda," the new Broadway musical. Her motto — "Bambinatum est maggitum" ("Children are maggots") — is no joke. Even so, Miss Trunchbull, as severe as her chignon and as charming as Hannibal Lecter, is one of the funniest comic creations ever to grace a Broadway stage. The rave reviews in New York for the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Roald Dahl's children's classic about a gifted but abused child and her demonic nemesis...

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