Earlier this month, Tim joined Mark Watson, Dynamo, the Tredegar Town Band, Sara Pascoe and many more, for a memorable first Old Vic Variety Night. More details and the mailing list, for a heads-up about future Variety Nights, can be found here.
Tim and his band performed White Wine In The Sun, Prejudice, Cheese and finally Seeing You, from the stage musical adaptation of Groundhog Dayhe’s currently developing. The latter, a spectacular finale with his band joined by backing singers and the Tredegar Town Band, was met with a standing ovation.
Here are a few glimpses behind the curtain at Tim rehearsing and performing.
Tim’s song When I Grow Up, from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award winning, Matilda The Musical, has been released as a charity single and will be available to download/pre-order from just after midnight tonight (00:01 20th November) worldwide from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and all global digital stores. There will be CDs available from HMV and Xtra-vision, in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, from the release date 27th November, 2015.
Produced by Stephen Macken, it was recorded at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, by the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) and features Shane Filan and Grace Lee and a chorus of over two thousand.
Here’s an exclusive early look at the official video, with a brief introduction by Shane Filan. Please enjoy, sing along, buy, play, share and gift!
The four young actress taking on the role of Matilda are (from L-R) Dusty Bursill, Tiana Mirra, Alannah Parfett and Ingrid Torelli.
They will be joined by the full Original Australian Adult cast from Sydney, including the principals (in alphabetical order), Marika Aubrey (Mrs Wormwood), Daniel Frederiksen (Mr Wormwood), Elise McCann (Miss Honey) and James Millar (Miss Trunchbull).
Matilda’s classmates will be played by Charli Bowers, Freya Cantwell, Keely Corcoran, Jack Coyne, Jeremiah Duncan, Shyla Farrugia, Tahlia Gerosa, Cooper Guinea, Jazi Hall, Kushinka Jayewardene, Andre Karabajakian, Kathleen Lawlor, Campbell MacCorquodale, Thierry Mendoza, Chloe Ngo, Chihana Perera, Adam Punsalang, Kyle Reynolds, Orlando Schwerdt, Hudson Sharp, Daniel Stow, Alistair Touliatos, Caleb Waterworth, Tahlia Williams and Mackensie Young.
The Melbourne run will commence mid-March at the Princess Theatre and tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster!
To learn more about the Australian production of Matilda the Musical and hear some previews of Tim’s songs for the show, visit their website. If you want to know all about the show’s journey from a small theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon through to being a worldwide smash hit, you can have a read of that here.
Tim’ll be getting into the ChristMAS spirit next month Live at the Ace, in LA!
There will be no warm-up acts. Tim’ll be joined on stage at 8pm by his trusty, long-suffering piano, less trusty long tresses and some natty attire.
Tim’s keen to emphasise that the show is not part of a new tour but will be a fun couple of hours of favourite songs, frolics in tight pants with maybe a couple of songs he penned for his musicals. All this to satisfy Tim’s desire to hit the stage (and his piano) and his audiences’ desire to watch him do that with aplomb.
All profits from this show will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.
The Theatre at Ace Hotel
929 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA. Tuesday 15th December, 2015, at 8pm
Doors Open: 7pm
Price: $35.00 TicketsOnsale: Thursday, 19th November, 2015, at 10am PSThere.
UPDATE (22nd February, 2016): We’ve just heard that this gig raised $10,000 for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. Thank you!
On Monday, Tim and writer Dennis Kelly were awarded honorary degrees at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts graduation ceremony. They each became an Honorary Doctor of Letters in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the UK’s arts industry.
A selection of photos of Tim and Dennis at the ceremony can be found in the graduation gallery on Mountview Academy’s Facebook Page and for a little more detail pop over to their website.
The ceremony was held at the Cambridge Theatre, in London’s West End, where their production of Matilda the Musical has been enjoying a highly acclaimed run since 2011. Both Honorary Graduates gave contrasting and entertaining speeches at the event. Dennis spoke first, if you’d like to listen to them in order. Tim’s speech, in the form of a free verse poem, concludes with a masterclass in bending down elegantly in tight trousers and you’ll find the full text below.