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Last night Matilda The Musical Australia won a record breaking THIRTEEN Helpmann Awards!

by Shell 25th Jul 2016 | 0 comments

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Last night, the glittering 2016 Helpmann Awards ceremony was held at Sydney’s Lyric theatre.

2016 Helpmann Awards.

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

Tim and the 8 Australian Matildas. Photo by James Morgan

Congratulations to all at Matilda The Musical Australia!
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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 Matildas: Jenna Weir, Jaime MacLean and Hannah Levinson

The Toronto Matildas: Jenna Weir, Jaime MacLean and Hannah Levinson. Photo ©2016, Joan Marcus

Tickets are on sale for performances up until 16th October, 2016, from www.mirvish.com or by phone at TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.
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Ten days to go! In case you missed them, here are a selection of photos of Tim, some of the cast, musicians and creatives in rehearsals for Groundhog Day.

All Photos © Manuel Harlan.

Danny Rubin and Tim

Danny Rubin and Tim

The Groundhog Day company in rehearsals

The Groundhog Day company in rehearsals

Andy Karl and Carlyss Peer

Andy Karl and Carlyss Peer

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical arrives 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.

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As we announced here, next month ABC KIDS is presenting a series of Play School Celebrity Covers, to celebrate 50 years on air.

Tim’s mini-episode, The Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek, is on ABC KIDS at 8am on the 13th July and it will be up on iView shortly after the broadcast.

Here’s Tim and Jemima:

Episodes will air daily on ABC KIDS at 8am and 5pm from the 4th July.

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