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April 2017

Matilda UK Tour

Today, the Royal Shakespeare Company announced that Matilda The Musical will be touring the UK and Ireland in 2018-2019, opening first at Leicester Curve in March 2018. (It will continue to play, at the Cambridge Theatre, in London).

Tim said: “I – like millions of others – feel like Dahl is in my blood, because I grew up with his books. So to have contributed to a piece of work that brings one of his most famous stories to life is one of my life’s great joys. I’m utterly thrilled that audiences in cities all across the UK and Ireland will now share and be part of Matilda’s story.”

The dates announced, so far, for the RSC’s touring production of Matilda The Musical are:

Leicester Curve (5th March – 24th March, 2018)
Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre (4th April – 28th April, 2018)
Sunderland Empire (8th May – 2nd June, 2018)
Milton Keynes Theatre (5th June – 30th June, 2018)
Birmingham Hippodrome (3rd July – 8th September, 2018)
Manchester Palace (18th September – 24th November, 2018)
Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (4th December – 12th January, 2019)

Matilda has a dedicated UK and Ireland tour page, including a tour map, to which further dates and venues will be added in due course.

Tickets for Leicester, Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Manchester and Cardiff will go on sale on 26th April, following a priority booking period from 19th April. Tickets for Birmingham go on sale on 9th May, after a priority booking from 25th April.

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Oliviers 2017

Last night, the London Old Vic Production of Groundhog Day won Best New Musical at the glittering Olivier Awards ceremony, held in the beautiful Royal Albert Hall.

Sporting a fetching Friar Tuck beard, Tim accepted the award on behalf of the UK company and the creative team. Most of the creatives – including director Matthew Warchus, book-writer Danny Rubin, and music supervisor Chris Nightingale – were unable to attend the ceremony, as they are in New York ahead of Groundhog Day’s Broadway opening next Monday!

The award will not be lonely on Tim’s mantelpiece; Matilda the Musical won Best New Musical in 2012.

Earlier in the evening, Andy Karl had won the Olivier for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Phil Connors. His award was accepted by Georgie Hagen (who played Nancy in the London production), as Andy is reprising his Phil in the Broadway version.

Tim performed ‘Hope’, a song from the show, backed by some of the cast of the Old Vic production and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

The ceremony will be broadcast on ITV on Tuesday 11th April from 8pm to 10pm BST and then available to view on the ITV Hub for 30 days. It will also be broadcast worldwide (ex-UK) at 8pm BST on Facebook Live. More details here.

Shortly after accepting the Best New Musical Olivier for Groundhog Day Photo by Darren Bell

Shortly after accepting the Best New Musical Olivier for Groundhog Day
Photo by Darren Bell


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Two songs from the new Groundhog Day (Original Broadway Cast Recording) album have been made available* to listen to in full!
On repeat if you wish…

If I Had My Time Again
Seeing You.

Both songs are available on Spotify and to download now from iTunes.

The digital album can be pre-ordered from iTunes or Amazon internationally. Release dates and details here.

The CD is available for pre-order from Broadway Records and Amazon (internationally).

Groundhog Day is heading into its final week of previews at the August Wilson Theatre in New York. Opening Night is on April 17th. Tickets and more information can be found on the Groundhog Day Broadway website.

* The songs were debuted by Broadway.com and Entertainment Weekly respectively.

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Today, Scholastic announced a global deal for a new magical picture book inspired by When I Grow Up, Tim’s hit song from the acclaimed and multi-award-winning Matilda the Musical.

The book will be illustrated by Steve Antony, an internationally published award-winning author and illustrator. It will imagine life from a child’s viewpoint, with all the humour and poignancy of the song.

Tim says: “I feel incredibly lucky to be able to lend my lyrics to a children’s book. I adore Steve’s work, and it’s been a thrill to watch him develop his gorgeous illustrations. I can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands.”

Steve says: “I feel so lucky and honoured to be working on such an exciting and unique picture book project with Tim and the team at Scholastic. Adapting Tim’s beautiful and emotive song into a visual narrative really is a dream job and has allowed me and my inner child to indulge in a world of imagination, fun, hope and possibility.”

‘When I Grow Up’ by Tim Minchin and Steve Antony will publish in the UK in October 2017.


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