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February 2012

Yesterday evening the 12th annual Whatsonstage.com Awards took place at the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre. These UK theatre industry awards are nominated by and voted for purely by theatregoers and the ticket-buying public. Matilda The Musical had received an incredible nine nominations!

Matilda the Musical triumphed, winning Best New Musical – Tim Minchin & Dennis Kelly; Best Set Designer – Rob Howell and Best Choreographer – Peter Darling.

Tim won The London Newcomer of the Year for his work on Matilda.

With 35% of the votes in his category, Australian comedian Tim Minchin, making his musical debut providing the show’s music and lyrics, was a commanding winner for London Newcomer of the Year.Whatsonstage.com

Tim:I’ve been around for a bit but newcomer implies that I like doing new stuff and that the industry expects me to keep doing stuff in the London theatre world, which I really hope I can do.

Many congratulations to Tim, the creative team, cast and everyone involved with Matilda the Musical!

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The Larmer Tree Festival have announced that their comedy headliner is to be none other than Tim! He’ll be ripping up the Main Stage – the first comedian ever to do so, may I add – on Thursday, 12th July, accompanied only by his grand piano.

Other acts confirmed to be on at the festival, which takes place in Wiltshire, include Jools Holland and The Levellers, with plenty more acts, including comedians, still to be announced.

You can check the latest news and find out further information about the festival on their website and it’s the place to go to grab your tickets too.

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Due to high demand sublime on stage chemistry the 2012 Telegraph Hay Festival has added another date for Tim with the delectable B[rad]&P[ete] band: Thursday 31st May at 8pm in the Barclays Pavillion.

Tickets are already on general sale. The festival box office number is 01497 822629 and online ticket sales can be found here.

The Hay Festival is celebrating its 25th year with ten days of music, comedy, literature and more, all taking place from 31th May to the 10th June. Other acts and the programme of events will be announced on the festival website on the 14th February.

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Head for the [Malvern] hills! Tim will be performing at the Malvern Piano Festival on Saturday 2nd June at 8.30pm. He’ll be joined on stage by a piano reinforced for his zestful exuberance, some natty attire and his aesthetically pleasing and talented band, Brad and Pete, who toured with him and the Heritage Orchestra last year.

Tickets are £25 and £22.50 and available from the Box Office: 01684 892277 and online here.

The Malvern Piano Festival runs from the 1st June to the 3rd June 2012, if you fancy some additional pianist action.

Tickets for Tim’s shows have been selling out very quickly so if you want to catch this show get a w[r]iggle on!

UPDATE: We were informed that the tickets would be on general sale today but an error occurred. They are rectifying the situation. You will be able to buy the tickets shortly.
UPDATE: 18:15 GMT They are back on general sale now – you do not have to be a member to purchase.

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Did you miss out on tickets to see Tim play in an intimate, purple upside-down cow when they first went on sale? It’s not surprising if you answered, ‘yes,’ as the initial allocation was sold out before we got a chance to announce the show! Fortunately, a second allocation of tickets are now available, however, to make things fair, there’s a bit of a twist.

There are 150 tickets available for the show on the 8th July at the Udderbelly at the Southbank Centre in London, but, to ensure that they’re bought by fans, and not touts that’ll sell them on for extortionate prices, the folk at Udderbelly Festival have decided to run a “ballot” system for them.

Between now and 5pm on the 8th February, you can apply for either one or two tickets to the show (only your first entry will be accepted so don’t you go trying to cheat…) and you’ll be notified as to whether you’ve been successful or not shortly after the ballot closes.

There are various other terms and conditions, like you need to pick the tickets up on the day with the card with which you paid for them, and it’s only open to UK residents, and the age restriction for the show is 16+. You can and should read all the small print here on their Terms and Conditions page.

Now then, with that all out of the way (you are still with us, right?) here’s the link to the page where you can apply!

Good luck!

UPDATE: the Underbelly site is temporarily down from too many eager fans! Don’t forget, there’s no rush to get your application in as the ballot is open until Wednesday 8th February.

UPDATE: To address the queries about ticket prices if you win the ballot:
This gig has unreserved seating for the standard ticket price. Sirloin priority seating allows a very limited number of customers per performance to sit near the front. No one is under any obligation to choose a sirloin seat upgrade. The ballot is for the standard £30 ticket. If a customer wishes to upgrade this ticket to a sirloin seat, should they be available, then they have that option.

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