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April 2010

SuperSonisphere

by Linzy 28th Apr | 21 comments


Tim can now claim to be the rock and roll megastar he’s always wanted to be now that he’s appearing at Sonisphere alongside rock legends Iron Maiden, Slayer, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper and Alice In Chains.

He’ll be performing in the Bohemia tent as part of the Bohemian Hilarity line-up, along with the excellent Andrew O’Neill, Sean Hughes and Jarred Christmas, who will be the compère.

The festival takes place between 30th July and 1st August at Knebworth Park, near Stevenage. Weekend tickets start at £132.50 and are available to purchase here.

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Tim has written and stars in a brand new comedy for BBC Radio 2. The forthcoming sitcom pilot is called ‘Strings’ and will be broadcast on 8th May 10 – 10.30pm.

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The BBC blurb describes it thusly:

Tim Minchin plays Jonny, lead singer of rock band Perspex, who’s left everything behind him in Australia in pursuit of fame.

Blasting onto the music scene with their hit single ‘Shag With The Stereo On’, Perspex are on the cusp of becoming famous. A garrulous Glaswegian A&R man will make sure of that. But Jonny is haunted by a terrible suspicion that he’s not emotionally unstable enough to be a proper star.

A chance encounter with Verity, the beautiful lead singer of Christian pop band, In-X-Chelseas, ignites Jonny’s interest. Worlds apart but undeniably drawn to each other, will their connection lead Jonny to redemption, or supply him with the suffering he craves to create great rock?

‘Strings’  contains original songs written by Tim Minchin and performed by Perspex. It also stars Peter Serafinowicz, Will Adamsdale, Rosalie Craig, Emily Watson Howes, Dan Antopolski, Lizzie Roper and Lewis McLeod.

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As it’s being broadcast on the BBC, it will be available on BBC iPlayer either live or for seven days after it’s aired. If you want to check what time it’s airing, local to you, you could look here.

Tip: Try looking forward to this in a state of excited anticipation…

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Matilda, as drawn by Quentin Blake

Tickets go on sale today for the eagerly anticipated Matilda, A Musical and can be booked online at The RSC’s Matilda Musical Site or by calling the RSC Ticket Hotline on 0844 800 1110. £5 tickets are available for 16 – 25 year olds and there’s a Children go Half Price offer for families for Mon – Fri evening performances and all matinees.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the RSC have a series of interviews featuring Tim and the writer Dennis Kelly! You can watch them via the link above or below:

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Tim will be standing up for human rights at The Lyceum Theatre, London, on Monday 7 June 2010 at 7.30 pm. It will be an evening of comedy and music in support of legal action charity Reprieve

Tim joins many other top comedians to celebrate ten years of Reprieve’s vital work on death row and Guantánamo Bay in a unique stand-up show: Rory Bremner, Stewart Lee, Robin Ince, Kevin Eldon, Shappi Khorsandi, Isy Suttie, Andy Zaltzman, plus special guests. Hosted by Alistair Barrie and Clive Stafford Smith.

Reprieve Director Clive Stafford Smith: “Our work tends to be serious and saddening at times. Learning to laugh in the face of adversity is an important skill to possess when faced with the most daunting circumstances – these comedians help us see the silly side of the grimmest of situations. This is a rare chance to see some of the smartest comics on the circuit today, performing for a really great cause!”

Tickets are available now from: Ticketmaster

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Just a nice short note to say that Tim will be appearing at this year’s Guardian Hay Festival, which takes place in Hay-On-Wye, Wales.

Tim will be performing on the 31st May, with tickets for his show going on sale to Friends of Hay at midnight tonight and to the general public at midnight on Tuesday. The festival box office number is 01497 822629 and online ticket sales can be found here.

Other confirmed acts and authors include Phillip Pullman, Bill Bryson, Rob Brydon, Laura Marling and Brian May, so why not stay and enjoy more of the festival?

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