“I am devoted to tea; it’s something I’ve always loved ever since I was really quite little. I only use Williamson Magor, which has been running since 1869. I like to eat oatcakes for breakfast – I warm them up and have them with a bit of honey”.
Lunchtime. Long rehearsal with Imogen Stubbs as Lucy, in the scene where Edward comes in and finds her with Elinor. There are eighteen setups. It will take two days. […] Very difficult scene and all a little tired but good concentration nonetheless. Four people in a room, each with entirely different motives and reactions to the same situation… – Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility Diaries)
Dame Emma Thompson will play scary headteacher Miss Trunchbull in Netflix’s musical adaptation of Matilda.
Matilda is based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel of the same name.
It follows the story of a young girl named Matilda, who has the gift of telekinesis, and who uses her power for good against her mean parents and terrifying school principal, Miss Trunchbull, who will be played by Emma Thompson.
The lead role of Matilda will go to 11-year-old newcomer Alisha Weir.
I personally prefer the scene where Marianne, Margaret and Mrs Dashwood, all crying retire to their own room off the same landing and Elinor stands still with Marianne’s cup of tea in her hand, then she sits on the stairs and drinks tea.
The scene is both hilarious and desperate and I love it.