Last night, the glittering 2016 Helpmann Awards ceremony was held at Sydney’s Lyric theatre.
Photo by James Morgan
It was an extraordinary evening for an extraordinary show. Having been nominated for 13 Helpmann Awards, the Australian production of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical converted them into a record breaking 13 wins, including Best Musical!
Tim won Best Original Score in a Musical for his music and lyrics, while Best Female Actor in a Musical went to the eight Australian Matildas who have shared the role of the eponymous hero in Sydney and Melbourne: Molly Barwick, Dusty Bursill, Tiana Mirra, Alannah Parfett, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin, Bella Thomas and Ingrid Torelli.
James Millar scooped Best Male Actor in a Musical with Matthew Warchus winning Best Direction of a Musical.
The rest of the wins, across the other categories, are as follows: Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Daniel Frederiksen Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Elise McCann Best Costume Design in a Musical – Rob Howell Best Scenic Design in a Musical – Rob Howell Best Sound Design in a Musical – Simon Baker Best Lighting Design – Hugh Vanstone Best Music Direction in a Musical – Stephen Amos Best Choreography in a Musical – Peter Darling
Tim and the 8 Australian Matildas. Photo by James Morgan
On Thursday, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Canadian production of Matilda The Musical had its official Opening Night at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto!
Three young actresses alternate playing Matilda, with Hannah Levinson swinging gloriously into action in the title role for the premiere. Jaime MacLean and Jenna Weir make up the rest of the Toronto Matilda trio.
They are joined by the principals (in alphabetical order) Paula Brancati (Miss Honey), Dan Chameroy (Miss Trunchbull), Keisha T. Fraser (Mrs Phelps), Brandon McGibbon (Mr Wormwood) and Darcy Stewart (Mrs Wormwood).
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musicalarrives at the Adelaide Festival Centre in May 2017 to play a strictly limited eight week season. There’s a waitlist now open for tickets – you can sign up here.
Matilda The Musical is currently playing to excited and packed houses at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, before heading to Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre at QPAC in November 2016, then Perth’s Crown Theatre from February 2017, before swinging back over to Adelaide in May 2017.
Tickets for Brisbane are already on sale and you can sign up to the waitlist for priority access to tickets for Perth and Adelaide when they go on sale. For the best seats to Melbourne performances, at the moment, go to August when booking.
Those of you following the story will know Matilda The Musical was recently nominated for 13 Helpmann Awards and has won over 50 major international awards, including 13 for Best Musical, delighting audiences in London, Australia, on Broadway and on tour around the USA.