The four young actresses who are excited to share the title role in the Australian Premiere Season of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical were announced today. They are (in alphabetical order) Molly Barwick, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin and Bella Thomas.
Matilda The Musical, commences performances from July 28th, 2015, at the Sydney Lyric Theatre with tickets currently on sale via the Matilda The Musical website for performances through to October 25th.
When news first broke that Matilda was joyfully swinging over to Australia, Tim said: “Working on Matilda has been one of the greatest thrills of my life, and I’ve been aching to let her loose on audiences at home. Most of us grew up reading Dahl – the Australian sense of humour gels so well with his dark, iconoclastic tone. The last time a musical I helped write opened in Sydney, the actors almost outnumbered the audience, the theatre leaked, and my drummer was a bass player. If Matilda’s arrival is half as fun as that was, it’ll be a hoot.”
All four of Sydney’s Matildas will be making their professional musical theatre debut.
Left to right – Molly Barwick, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin & Bella Thomas
Tim will be joining the panel on @midnight on Comedy Central again next week. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, the show is an internet-themed improv comedy panel show, where comedians compete to find the funniest take on the day’s social media.
The show will air on Comedy Central on Thursday 16th April, 2015, 12A/11C. Check your local schedules for further details. Episodes can be found on the Comedy Central @midnight website after they air.
Hulu will post the show the day after it airs and it will be available for 30 days. For more details check hulu.com/midnight.
Tim will be recording this episode on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, at 7:00pm, at Hollywood Center Studios, so if you’re in or near LA, you might like to apply for tickets from On Camera Audiences (OCA).
UPDATE (15/04/15): The other panellists are Rhys Darby & Rich Fulcher!
Tim is one of 63 comedians interviewed for the new three-part documentary series Stop Laughing…This Is Serious, which starts at 9pm this Wednesday on ABC.
The series, narrated by Eric Bana, explores the development of Australian comedy through social and political change, inter-weaving extensive archive material and intimate interviews with some of the country’s best loved comedians, revealing how humour, laughter and comedy are integral to Australian national identity.
Episode 1: ‘Faark, Faark’ looks upwards at those in authority and “punching upwards”.
Wednesday, March 25th at 9pm
Episode 2: ‘Look at Moi, Look at Moi’ looks inwards at the importance of the Australian ability to laugh
Wednesday, April 1st at 9pm
Episode 3: ‘Hello Possums’ looks at Australian comedy on the world stage.
Wednesday, April 8th at 9pm
Matilda The Musical has been short-listed for the This Morning Audience Award at the Olivier Awards 2015.
It’s the only Olivier to be decided entirely by public vote.
If you voted for Matilda in Stage One (thank you!) you do not need to vote again as your vote has been carried forward.
However, if you have not yet voted then you have until 17:00 on 10th April, 2015, to take part in the Stage Two voting here.
The winner will be announced at the glittering Olivier Awards ceremony on Sunday 12th April, 2015, at Royal Opera House.
More information can be found at www.olivierawards.com.
Tim and director Matthew Warchus caught up with the four Matildas in rehearsals a couple of weeks ago and below the evidentiary photo you’ll find a short video of the Matildas encouraging voting before demonstrating expert execution of the Matilda pose:
L-R: Matthew Warchus, Matilda Shapland, Lara McDonnell, Anna-Louise Knight, Violet Tucker, Tim. Photo by Manuel Harlan
There have been a number of requests for the merch created for Tim’s spectacular Sydney Opera House ‘On The Steps’ show, last month, so it’s now been made available through Tim’s shop here. They ship internationally.
So, if you attended the gig but didn’t get near the merch stall or if you didn’t make it to the show but fancy a souvenir of the event with the unique artwork, here’s your chance.
There are Limited Edition T-shirts in a range of sizes and Limited Edition Posters, some of which are signed by Tim.