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January 2011

Start spreading the news: in 72 hours you’ve managed to buy 600 tickets between you for Tim’s New York show on the 4th May, meaning that the gig is now officially sold out!

If you’ve been putting off buying your ticket for some reason, fear not, as a second date has been added the next day, 5th May, also at the Gramercy Theatre. Tickets can be bought from LiveNation but you’ll obviously need to be quick as the previous lot certainly didn’t last long!

And I guess, as the saying goes, if he can make it there, he can make it anywhere…

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Tim will be crossing the Atlantic again in May to perform at the Gramercy Theatre in New York, on Wednesday 4th May 2011, at 7pm.

Tickets go on general sale today, 28th January at 10:00 AM EST and are available from here, priced at $36.25.

The capacity for this venue is just 600 so I’d suggest you get a wriggle on for those tickets so as not to be disappointed.

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Matilda, A Musical ends its extremely successful run at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon this weekend, with a final performance on Sunday 30th January, at 3pm.

It looks very hopeful for a London transfer but at the moment there are only numerous rumours. The first place to hear about this will be via the RSC mailing list. You can sign up to that here and of course we will be excitedly announcing any news too.

Earlier this week Matilda was awarded the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. These awards recognise excellence for theatre throughout the UK and are selected by a group of professional theatre critics. The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical (new or revival) was presented by Matt Wolf, at the Prince of Wales Theatre on Tuesday and was accepted by director Matthew Warchus and some of the children from the cast.

The production was sold out over Christmas and throughout January following the wonderful reviews it received after opening night on December 9th 2010:

The Telegraph *****

“A smash hit… this show will be unstoppable.

“Director Matthew Warchus, … brings the show to life with a buzzing vitality that proves irresistible…But the biggest laurels should go to Dennis Kelly, whose script has both deepened the emotion of Dahl’s story while adding loads of splendid jokes of his own, and Tim Minchin, the Aussie comedian, who has written the music and lyrics.

The songs fizz with humour and great take-home melodies. Kelly and Minchin suddenly look like the brightest prospects for British musical theatre since Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.”

WhatsOnStage.com *****

“Tim Minchin’s music and lyrics sparkle with wit and energy, demonstrating a touch of genius to rival that of the eponymous Matilda. Complemented by Dennis Kelly’s book, they make up a piece which is by turns riotously funny and gut-wrenchingly poignant …, all brought vividly to life by Matthew Warchus’ masterful direction.”

More reviews here.

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Shaun Tan’s 15 minute animation, The Lost Thing, based on the children’s book of the same name, has been Oscar nominated in the Animated Short Film category!

Why is this exciting news? Well, lest you’ve not yet heard of the already multi-award winning The Lost Thing, you may be interested to know that Tim provides the solitary voice in this film, playing the part of the narrator. We’ve already posted some videos about the making of it here, including footage of Tim during a voice record session.

The full list of nominees for Best Animated Short Film are:

Day & Night, Teddy Newton
The Gruffalo, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
Let’s Pollute, Geefwee Boedoe
The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary), Bastien Dubois

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, on the 27th February in Los Angeles.

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A second show at the SECC in Glasgow has just been announced! On the 8th May 2011, Tim will be there along with the lovely Heritage Orchestra, performing, well, what he’s been performing since December.

If you missed out on tickets to the April date, act quickly and bagsy yourself the best seats in the house as tickets have just gone on sale today! Tickets can be bought online from TicketSoup.

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