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Through the arched window? Tim’s on Play School on ABC KIDS next month!

by Shell 23rd Jun 2016 | 3 comments

Play School, Australia’s longest-running children’s series, is celebrating 50 years on air! Next month ABC KIDS is presenting a series of Play School Celebrity Covers, sure to delight both the young and the young-at-heart. From the 4th July, episodes will air daily on ABC KIDS at 8am and 5pm.

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 a sneak peek at the star-studded line-up who’ll be performing a song or reading a story:

Until we hear the rest of the story, Tim’s apparent existential crisis will remain an enigma…

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The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s vibrant live performance industry and Matilda The Musical had quite a night, last night, receiving 13 Award nominations, including Best Musical!

The eight young actresses who’ve played Matilda in Sydney and Melbourne – Molly Barwick, Dusty Bursill, Tiana Mirra, Alannah Parfett, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin, Bella Thomas and Ingrid Torelli – are up jointly for Best Female Actor in a Musical, while James Millar is nominated for Best Male Actor in a Musical, for his performance as the tyrannical Miss Trunchbull.

Tim’s up for Best Original Score in a Musical for his music and lyrics, with the rest of the nominations as follows:
Best Direction of a Musical – Matthew Warchus
Best Choreography in a Musical – Peter Darling
Best Music Direction in a Musical – Stephen Amos
Best Sound Design in a Musical – Simon Baker
Best Scenic Design in a Musical – Rob Howell
Best Costume Design in a Musical – Rob Howell
Best Lighting Design – Hugh Vanstone
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Daniel Frederiksen
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Elise McCann

Full nomination details can be found here.

The 16th Annual Helpmann Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 25th July at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, on the set of Singin’ in the Rain. More details here.

Tickets are available for the ceremony from Ticketmaster.

The 2016 Helpmann Awards will be broadcast live on Foxtel Arts and webcast free via www.foxtelarts.com.au.

Congratulations to all at Matilda The Musical in Australia!

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Matilda The Musical is currently on at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, but must leave in November to start a run in Brisbane, before heading to Perth in February 2017. For tickets and information pop over to www.matildathemusical.com.

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PwC £10 Previews tickets for Groundhog Day will be released on Monday 13th June at 12 noon.

Groundhog Day is one of the most ambitious shows ever to have been staged at The Old Vic so there’s a longer preview period than usual with PwC £10 Previews tickets, for a selection of seats in the auditorium, available for performances from 15th to 30th July.

To book your PwC Previews tickets on Monday 13th June either visit the Old Vic box office, www.oldvictheatre.com or call 0844 871 7635.

For some (otherwise sold out) preview dates these are the only remaining tickets.

They will surely fly, so snap them up quick!

For more information on PwC £10 Previews, please take a look here.


The show reunites composer and lyricist Tim, with Artistic Director of The Old Vic Matthew Warchus, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell, four of the Matilda The Musical creative team. They have joined forces with writer Danny Rubin to collaborate on this new musical based on his 1993 hit film.

If you’ve not yet seen it, here’s a video of Tim and some of the cast and musicians from Groundhog Day giving a stunning performance of ‘Seeing You‘, as a special taster.

Andy Karl will play Phil Connors, a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Caught in a time loop, he’s forced to relive the same day again and again…and again. As Phil becomes increasingly despondent, is there a lesson being learned and will he ever figure out the secret to break the cycle?

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Performed at the 20th South Bank Sky Arts Awards at London’s Savoy Hotel, ‘Seeing You’ is from the upcoming musical Groundhog Day, created by Danny Rubin (book), Tim (music and lyrics) and Matthew Warchus (director). The arrangement is by Chris Nightingale.

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards will be broadcast on Sky Arts tomorrow, June 8th at 8pm.

Tim’s joined on stage by some of the cast and musicians from Groundhog Day: Jack Shalloo, Carolyn Maitland, Georgina Hagen, Kieran Jae, Fiona Leggat, Justin Pearson, Rutledge Turnlund, Charlie Brown, Amy May and Andy McGlasson.

Groundhog Day will begin with previews at the Old Vic, London, from July 15th, 2016, with the official opening on August 16th. It will be a strictly limited 10-week season until Saturday 17th September, 2016. For more information visit the Old Vic website.

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© Chris Lobina / Sky Arts

© Chris Lobina / Sky Arts

The 20th South Bank Sky Arts Awards took place at a prestigious star-studded ceremony at London’s Savoy Hotel last Sunday.

Tim presented an award and performed a song from his upcoming musical Groundhog Day with some of the cast and musicians from the show.

(Pssst! There’s a video of this performance on the way – watch this space…)

The ceremony will be broadcast on Sky Arts tomorrow, Wednesday 8th June, at 8pm.

© Chris Lobina / Sky Arts

© Chris Lobina / Sky Arts

© Chris Lobina / Sky Arts

© Chris Lobina / Sky Arts

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