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August 2011

The casting for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical, was announced today!

Most of you will already know by now* about Matilda The Musical, based on the enchanting Roald Dahl book, produced by the RSC and directed by Matthew Warchus. Acclaimed playwright Dennis Kelly wrote the book with the music and lyrics by a certain Tim Minchin, oh yes.

Following a highly successful sold-out run at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, from November 2010 to January 2011, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will transfer to London’s Cambridge Theatre, previewing from Tuesday 18 October.

Many of the original cast will be returning, so Bertie Carvel is back as the hilariously terrifying Miss Trunchbull; Paul Kaye as the colourful chancer Mr Wormwood; Josie Walker as the flamboyantly expressive Mrs Wormwood and Lauren Ward as the gentle and kind Miss Honey. Also reprising their roles from the original production in Stratford, are Marc Antolin, Verity Bentham, Peter Howe, Michael Kent, Melanie La Barrie, Matthew Malthouse, Alastair Parker, Nick Searle and Emily Shaw.

Further adult casting includes: Matthew Clark, Leanne Pinder, Rachel Moran, Lucy Thatcher, Tim Walton and Gary Watson.

The four young actresses playing the role of Matilda are still being kept top secret and appropriately they will be announced on Dahl Day on Tuesday 13 September.

As before there will be three teams of eight young performers playing the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda, Nigel, Eric and the other pupils at Crunchem Hall Primary School. They are: Thomas Atkinson, Jake Bailey, James Beesley, Ruby Bridle, Oonagh Cox, Jemima Eaton, Alicia Gould, Zachary Harris, Callum Henderson, Fleur Houdijk, Jamie Kaye, William Keeler, Lily Laight, Katie Lee, Isobelle Molloy, Jemima Morgan, Toby Murray, Alfie Manser, Lucy May Pollard, Annabel Parsons, Ellie Simons, Louis Suc, Jaydon Vijn and Ted Wilson.

If you’d like tickets to this amazing musical for adults and children alike then they are available from the Matilda The Musical website where you can also sign up to the RSC mailing list for news. The gorgeous soundtrack, recorded with the original Stratford-upon-Avon cast, will be out very soon. It’s available to pre-order from The RSC Shop already.

*If you’d like more information and to see the trailer or to catch up with the story so far and read the awesome four and five star reviews the show received in Stratford-upon-Avon, pop on over to the Matilda page also accessible whenever you like via the pretty ‘Matilda’ tab at the top.

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After his success earlier in the year, Tim’s headed back over the Atlantic once again, with three dates just confirmed for the beginning of October, playing shows in Mesa, AZ, Dallas, TX and Boulder, CO!

  • On the 7th October, you can catch the lion-haired pianist at the Mesa Arts Center, in Mesa.
  • On the 8th October, you can see the bare-footed nerd at the Lakewood Theater in Dallas.
  • On the 9th October, you can observe the tight-panted fool at the Boulder Theater in Boulder.

Tickets for all shows go on general sale on Friday 26th August, 10am local time, but as ever, we have a presale password for you to use, which means that you can grab your tickets today, from 10am! The password you’ll need is REESE (case sensitive).

Mesa tickets can be purchased from the Arts Centre box office; Dallas tickets can be bought from Ticketmaster and Boulder tickets can be bought from the Theatre box office.

All these venues are fairly small and intimate, so you’d best get a wiggle on to ensure you get seats for what promises to be a series of cosy and hilarious evenings!

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This weekend marks the first ever Comedy Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on the 13th August, as hosted by our Tim. Also confirmed to be appearing alongside him are:

  • Sue Perkins
  • Kit and The Widow
  • Beardyman
  • The Boy with Tape on his Face
  • Doc Brown
  • Mongrels
  • Susan Bullock (soprano)
  • Danny Driver (piano)
  • BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Jules Buckley (conductor)
  • Andrew Litton (guest conductor)

Seated tickets sold out pretty quickly, though you might be able to get returns from the Royal Albert Hall box office. If you’re local to the area though, there will be standing tickets in the arena and gallery, available on the day, for the bargain price of £5! Tickets must be bought in person and paid for by cash. A limited number of tickets for the arena will usually be sold to the day queue from 5pm and the remaining tickets will then be sold from door 11 (arena) and door 10 (gallery) from 6:45pm to those queuing there.

If you can’t make it down, or are in another country, then the whole thing is being broadcast live, worldwide, on BBC Radio 3! It’ll kick off at 7:30pm in the UK, but if you’re elsewhere, click here to find out when it starts in your region. If you can’t listen live, then it’ll be on iPlayer for seven days afterwards.

There will also be a television broadcast on the 27th August on BBC2 and BBC HD, and we’ll be sure to remind you of that closer to the time!

If you’re curious as to what Tim thinks about it all, he’s written a blog here for Limelight Magazine.

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Start spreading the news: Tim will be returning to the US this autumn and performing at the Town Hall, New York, NY, on Friday November 4th, 2011 at 8pm.

There’s a presale right now!
Tickets are available from Ticketmaster
Password: ELECTRIC

This presale runs until 10pm EDT on Thursday 11th August, with tickets on General Sale on Friday 12th August at 10am EDT.

You can find the Town Hall seating plan here. It looks to have a capacity of just over 800 so if you want tickets to this then grab them fast as all Tim’s New York dates this year have sold out very quickly.

It could be cold in November, so you might have to huddle with your friends for warmth so go forth and multi-buy!

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Tim’s won the 2011 Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work: Tim Minchin Vs Sydney Symphony. The last night of this show was broadcast by ABC2 in April this year. This isn’t the first time he’s won a Helpmann – back in 2009 Tim won the Award for Best Comedy Performer for his show Ready For This?

Established in 2001 by Live Performance Australia, the prestigious Helpmann Awards were announced last night, at the awards ceremony, at the Sydney Opera House. Forty-one awards were presented for theatre, musical theatre, dance, opera and music.

The full Helpmann 2011 Winners List can be viewed here.

By the way, you are all signed up to Tim’s mailing list aren’t you?

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