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Last night, the glittering 2016 Helpmann Awards ceremony was held at Sydney’s Lyric theatre.

2016 Helpmann Awards.

Photo by James Morgan

It was an extraordinary evening for an extraordinary show. Having been nominated for 13 Helpmann Awards, the Australian production of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical converted them into a record breaking 13 wins, including Best Musical!

Tim won Best Original Score in a Musical for his music and lyrics, while Best Female Actor in a Musical went to the eight Australian Matildas who have shared the role of the eponymous hero in Sydney and Melbourne: Molly Barwick, Dusty Bursill, Tiana Mirra, Alannah Parfett, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin, Bella Thomas and Ingrid Torelli.

James Millar scooped Best Male Actor in a Musical with Matthew Warchus winning Best Direction of a Musical.

The rest of the wins, across the other categories, are as follows:
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Daniel Frederiksen
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Elise McCann
Best Costume Design in a Musical – Rob Howell
Best Scenic Design in a Musical – Rob Howell
Best Sound Design in a Musical – Simon Baker
Best Lighting Design – Hugh Vanstone
Best Music Direction in a Musical – Stephen Amos
Best Choreography in a Musical – Peter Darling

Tim and the 8 Australian Matildas. Photo by James Morgan

Tim and the 8 Australian Matildas. Photo by James Morgan

Congratulations to all at Matilda The Musical Australia!

Here’s Tim making his acceptance speech:

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Monica Marschall on 27th of July 2016

I came in blind when I went to see ‘Matilda’ at the start of the month.
I hadn’t read the book or seen the movie. I’m so happy that all those involved in this musical are getting recognised for their talent. I was moved so much as a spectator that I was pretty much balling at the end of it. F*kn loved it!

Vicki Tester on 26th of July 2016

This was my first Musical and I must say it didn’t dissappoint. It was wonderfully entertaining from the start to finish. Some very talented young aspiring actresses and actors. Well done to you all! You must be congratulated on a wonderful show.

Jill Clarke on 26th of July 2016

Well, people on this site knew that Tim was a genius with the music, but after seeing Matilda the Musical in Melbourne in April this year, I could see that many many other geniuses had come to the project to produce something really amazingly fantastic and entertaining.

Very glad to see that the rest of Australia agrees with my opinion!

Congratulations to you all.

Irene on 26th of July 2016

Sooo happy and proud for you Tim! I saw Matilda in Melbourne in April with my daughter and 5y old grandson and it was so great! We saw Ingrid, she was great and adorable with her serious and slightly stern little face:)
Hope this eases the knots in your stomach a bit for GhD, you are truly wonderful, I really hope it will come to Oz! I have to admit a I am slightly obsessed with you and your wordiness and musical brilliance.. :)

Christine on 26th of July 2016

Wooo! Congrats to you, and all the little Matildas, and everyone else involved in your amazing show in Australia!

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