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Special Gala Performance of Matilda in aid of BBC Children in Need!

by Shell 1st Sep 2014 | 2 comments


The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will hold a special Gala performance in aid of BBC Children in Need.

Taking place on Tuesday 4th November, 2014, the evening will be hosted by Sir Terry Wogan, with the big furry teddy bear (sorry, not that one) the charity’s mascot Pudsey, also in attendance.

BBC Radio 2 presenters and celebrities will join members of the public for this splendid evening, where at least 50% of the proceeds from the performance will go to the BBC Children in Need Appeal and its work with disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Tickets for this magical Gala performance are already on sale via SEE tickets. Prices range from £20 – £100 with tickets priced at £100 including a glass of Rose Champagne, a programme and a limited edition Matilda The Musical tote bag.

Further information can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2

In more marvellous news: There are now performances of Matilda The Musical, at the Cambridge Theatre, through until 20th December, 2015, with tickets for the new booking period on sale Monday 15th September, 2014.

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The West End production of Matilda the Musical announced some new cast members yesterday, including a replacement for the terrifying, tyrannical Miss Trunchbull!

Starting in September, Craige Els will take over the role of the formidable headmistress of Crunchem Hall joining existing cast members Haley Flaherty (Miss Honey), Kay Murphy (Mrs Wormwood) and James Clyde (Mr Wormwood).

In addition to the new Trunchbull, Matilda Shapland and Violet Tucker will be joining existing Matildas Tasha Shapple and Lottie Sicilia in the title role, while there will be new additions to the three teams of children that make up Matilda’s classmates too.

Tim took some time out and joined Dennis Kelly in getting to know the new Trunch a bit better and you can watch the video below!

The West End run was recently extended until 24th May 2015 and you can grab yourself some tickets from the Matilda the Musical website.

To mark the announcement of Storm – The Illustrated Book, a video of Tim performing his jazz-backed beat-poem has been put up on his YouTube channel.

This is just a heads-up, in case you missed the exciting news last week.

Filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, in 2009, for the Ready For This? DVD, it comes to you complete with sloshing glass of red wine, bonus shocking pink lanyard and those familiar bare feet.

Storm by Tim Minchin with DC Turner and Tracy King will be published on the 16th October 2014, but it is already available to PRE-ORDER from Amazon, in Paperback Edition and SIGNED Hardback Deluxe Edition (there will only be 2000 of these). That collector’s hardback is currently just £14.49!

Head to timminchin.com/stormthebook for more information and a look inside at some of the brand new artwork.

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The Orion Publishing Group announced today that they are publishing Tim’s first ever book!

Storm the Illustrated Book springs from Tim’s sublime critical thinking beat-poem, via the hit YouTube animation of the same name, which has now had more than 3 million views!

With a foreword from Neil Gaiman and boasting amazing new artwork from animator and illustrator DC Turner (with producer Tracy King), the book expresses Tim’s satirical lyrical trickery beautifully. There’s a compendious introduction from Tim and it is available in paperback, as an e-book and also as a limited, collector’s hardback edition, which is signed by Tim and contains exclusive extra content.

You’ll find details of that extra content on the Storm – The Illustrated Book Page, where you’ll also be able to see some more images and further information.

Storm by Tim Minchin with DC Turner and Tracy King will be published on the 16th October 2014, but it is already available for PRE-ORDER:

  • Paperback Edition
  • Hardback Deluxe Edition


If you only read one book this year, then this one is a book and it is good and it’s a book!

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Tim will be hopping into his acting shoes for the ABC TV mini-series The Secret River, adapted from Kate Grenville’s acclaimed novel.

The series, which will air on, Australian television channel, ABC1 in two 90 minute episodes, stars British actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr Selfridge, Raven, Dracula) as William Thornhill, a convict, and AACTA award winner Sarah Snook (Sisters of War, Not Suitable for Children) as Sal, his free settler wife, who are transported to the new colony of New South Wales in 1805.

Tim joins a stellar cast which also includes: Lachy Hulme (Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, Offspring), Genevieve Lemon (Top of the Lake, Rake) and Trevor Jamieson (Rabbit-Proof Fence, Around the Block).

Through the story of the young couple’s adventures, The Secret River explores social and cultural issues and the escalating conflicts, sparked by the interactions between newly arrived white convicts and settlers and the original indigenous inhabitants, during the colonisation of Australia.

Carole Sklan, Head of ABC TV Fiction said: “Producer, Stephen Luby and director Daina Reid have assembled a fantastic cast and crew to realize this landmark drama. A love story and story of outcasts, the drama ultimately looks at how good people are capable of doing terrible things.”

The novel won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2006 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in the same year. It has been adapted for television by Oscar nominee screenwriter, Jan Sardi and Mac Gudgeon.

The Secret River will shoot for eight weeks in locations across Victoria and on The Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney so Tim might have to get his feet wet.

We’ll announce, on here, as soon as we get word of exactly when and where it will air on your telly boxes.

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