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Ooh! The first Matilda the Musical teaser!
(Wait until the end for the Emma Thompson reveal. She is EXTRAORDINARY).
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, coming to Netflix Film and in theatres in the UK (and hopefully Australia… stay tuned) this December.

UPDATE (30/06/22): The London Film Festival [LFF] has announced that Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will be opening the festival on Wednesday, October 5th. This will be the global premiere of the film, two months before its nationwide release.

The musical stars Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull, Lashana Lynch as Miss Honey and newcomer Alisha Weir in the title role. Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough feature as Matilda’s parents and Sindhu Vee as Mrs Phelps.

Dennis Kelly has written the screenplay with music and lyrics by Tim. Directed by Matthew Warchus.

The musical will be released in theatres in the U.K. and Ireland on December 2nd, 2022. Meanwhile, Netflix will release the movie as an original in select regions around the world.

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Australia! Tim’ll make his Darwin debut this August, with a spectacular performance with his full band, under the stars at the Festival’s stunning outdoor Amphitheatre.

Tickets are on sale now!

Saturday 13th August, 8pm. Gates open 5.30pm, Support 6.30pm.
Darwin Amphitheatre, The Gardens.
Tickets: Full $95, Concession and Friends of the Festival $91.

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Slate 1. Take 1.
Let’s go baby.

#UprightSeason2

Season 1 details and where to watch.

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BACK Stats baby!

by Tim 18th Feb | 7 comments

To mark the end of the BACK tour (finally), here are some stats, for people who like stats. (Everybody).
#BackStats

ATTENDEES:
260,836 humans
(You were all uncommonly sexy)
#BackStats

DOLLARS TO CHARITY:
$1.25M
Yes, that’s one and a quarter million bucks baby. We – and the recipients – are incredibly grateful to those of you who bought VIP charity tickets.
#BackStats
*thank you* *raised hands* *heart*

TREES PLANTED: 500
SPECIES: 20
CARBON OFFSET: 90 (tonnes of CO2e sequestered over 30 yrs)
#BackStats

PERFORMANCES: 133
(Standing Ovations: 131 *cry* *lol* *shrug*)
#BackStats

PIANO STOOLS BUSTED: 3 (Oops)
#BackStats

BIRTHS: 3 (Same number as the busted piano stools. Coincidence? I think not.
#ThePowerOfRock)
#BackStats

DEATHS:
1
We miss you Greg!
(Oh, guys, you should get the new Whitlams record. It’s bloody fantastic and has two songs about Greg on it!)
#BackStats

TOTAL BAND-MEMBERS: 15
TOTAL CREW-MEMBERS: 63
TOTAL VENUES: 39
AVERAGE AUDIENCE: 1,961
TOUR POSTPONEMENTS: 5
PIANO TUNINGS: 399
FIRINGS: 37 (nearly all Dane)
TEQUILA GLASSES SMASHED: 1
CHEESE CONSUMED: Incalculable
NIGHTS RECORDED: 2
PEOPLE STILL READING STATS: 7
#BackStats

And finally…
We recorded BACK at the iconic Shepherds Bush Empire. I’ve watched it, and it’s a pretty fkn tight little gig, if I do say so myself. It’s being mixed and graded and when it’s all pretty I’ll let you know when we’re gonna release it. Stay tuned!

And thank you. We are so lucky to have been able to work (on and off) through this mad old time.
*heart* *thank you* *heart*
#BackStats

Sarah Belkner
Jak Housden
Brad Webb
Ben Vanderwal
Evan Mannell
James Haselwood
Pete Clements
Tom Richards
Matthew Ottignon
Rory Simmons
Dane Laboyrie
Emma Bassett
Ben Gurton

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BACK TO THE OUTBACK, the new animated family comedy is out only on Netflix. It tracks the adventures of a group of “deadly” but cute animals and a narcissistic celebrity koala called Pretty Boy (voiced by Tim!).

The movie stars Isla Fisher, Tim, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Miranda Tapsell, Angus Imrie, Keith Urban, Aislinn Derbez, and Jacki Weaver.

Tim wrote and recorded Beautiful Ugly, featuring Evie Irie, for the credits. The song has been released as a single, available to stream or download here and as part of the full soundtrack album here, where you’ll also find another song written by Tim for the movie: Maddie’s Lullaby, sung by Thelma Plum.

There’s a lyric video for Beautiful Ugly:

A few more videos to whet your appetite:

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Tim’ll be performing at ELEVATE Sydney Final Night: 5th January 7pm – 10pm.
The evening features Courtney Act, Tim and Tones And I.

Tickets are FREE but limited and go on sale on the 2nd December here, so grab ’em while you can!
UPDATE: Ticket allocation for Tim’s event is now exhausted but you can join a waitlist for new ticket releases.

ELEVATE Sydney is a 6-day extravaganza on Sydney’s Cahill Expressway Jan 1st – 6th, 2022.

Visit elevatesydney.com for full details and tickets.

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Splendour In The Grass is now Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July 2022 at North Byron Parklands.

Tim’s performing on Saturday 23rd July 2022!

A limited number of preloved tickets will go on sale Monday 6th of December, 9AM AEDT.

You’ll find the full line-up and more information at splendourinthegrass.com #SITG2022

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Hey! Every year, every dollar made from the sale of (either version of) Tim’s sentimental Christmas song White Wine In The Sun during the months of November, December and January, go to an organisation which supports children and adults on the autism spectrum. Once again, that will be Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).

If you already have the song, you might like to gift it via iTunes or donate directly here.

There are two versions; the 2009 solo version and the 2012 studio version, with strings, french horn and more.

Here are a few more places you can download the 2012 single internationally: iTunes, Amazon (UK), Amazon (US) .

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Due to ongoing restrictions, Tim’s BACK encore shows in Newcastle and Sydney are being rescheduled again.

The Tim Minchin – BACK, Newcastle and Sydney tour dates will now be scheduled as follows:

Tuesday 11th January, 2022 – Newcastle, Civic Theatre
(Previously Wednesday 29th September, 2021)

Wednesday 12th January, 2022 – Newcastle, Civic Theatre
(Previously Thursday 30th September, 2021)

Tuesday 18th January 2022 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre
(Previously Tuesday 7th September, 2021)

Wednesday 19th January 2022 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre
(Previously Wednesday 8th September, 2021)

Thursday 20th January 2022 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre
(Previously Thursday 9th September, 2021)

Friday 21st January 2022 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre
(Previously Sunday 5th September, 2021)

Saturday 22nd January 2022 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre
(Previously Monday 6th September, 2021)

All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows without the need for exchange. Patrons unable to attend the new dates can obtain a refund from the point of purchase. Refund requests are to be submitted prior to 5pm, Tuesday 31st August 2021.

For any further ticket inquiries please reach out to your point of purchase, or visit: https://bit.ly/ShowUpdatesLNAU.

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Brisbane! Due to a change in capacity restrictions in Brisbane, Tim’s BACK encore shows in Brisbane are being rescheduled back to July ’21. Next week!

The Tim Minchin – BACK, Brisbane tour dates will now be scheduled as follows:

Mon 16th August 2021 – Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall.
(Previously Fri 9th July, 2021) Now Monday 12th July 2021.

Tue 17th August 2021 – Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall.
(Previously Tue 6th July, 2021) Now Tuesday 13th July 2021.

Wed 18th August 2021 – Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall.
(Previously Wed 7th July, 2021) Now Wednesday 14th July 2021.

Thu 19th August 2021 – Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall.
(Previously Thu 8th July, 2021) Now Thursday 15th July 2021.

All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows without the need for exchange. Patrons unable to attend the new dates can obtain a refund from the point of purchase. Refund requests are to be submitted prior to 5pm, Sun 11th July 2021.

For any further ticket enquiries please reach out to your point of purchase, or visit: https://bit.ly/ShowUpdatesLNAU.

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OK sailors, here’s the goss on upcoming shows. Big breath…

MELBOURNE: As most of you know, we can no longer play to a full capacity crowd this weekend. It’s a total bugger, BUT – with a lot of work and wiggling and a few minor miracles – we are now going to do 6 shows at half capacity! Friday, Saturday and Sunday are going ahead, BUT HALF OF YOU WILL BE ASKED TO MOVE to a show next week. Which is obviously really annoying, but hopefully better than cancelling. And on the upside, you will have considerably better seats at the rescheduled shows! Silver linings. Small mercies. Grimacing smiley faces. The venue will be contacting you today or tomorrow. PLEASE keep an eye on your email.

BRISBANE and SYDNEY: Sadly, despite our desperate best efforts, we are moving dates to August and September respectively. Again, you will be contacted by your ticketing agency, so please keep an eye out for the email. NEWCASTLE, you should have already been contacted about that reschedule.

I’m so sorry about all this. It’s a total fucker of a thing. Meanwhile, please, if you get a chance, get a frickin vaccine.
Thanks! Love Tim.

The Tim Minchin – BACK, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney tour dates will now be scheduled as follows:

Fri 2nd July 2021 – Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Sat 3rd July 2021 – Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Sun 4th July 2021 – Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Mon 5th July 2021 – Melbourne, Hamer Hall (backfill date for Fri 2nd July, 2021)
Tue 6th July 2021 – Melbourne, Hamer Hall (backfill date for Sat 3rd July, 2021)
Wed 7th July 2021 – Melbourne, Hamer Hall (backfill date for Sun 4th July, 2021)
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Mon 16th August 2021 – Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall (previously Fri 9th July, 2021)
Tue 17th August 2021 – Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall (previously Tue 6th July, 2021)
Wed 18th August 2021 – Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall (previously Wed 7th July, 2021)
Thu 19th August 2021 – Brisbane, Fortitude Music Hall (previously Thu 8th July, 2021)
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Sun 5th September 2021 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre (previously Sun 11th July, 2021)
Mon 6th September 2021 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre (previously Mon 12th July, 2021)
Tue 7th September 2021 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre (previously Tue 13th July, 2021)
Wed 8th September 2021 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre (previously Wed 14th July, 2021)
Thu 9th September 2021 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre (previously Thu 15th July, 2021)

All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows without the need for exchange. Patrons unable to attend the new dates can obtain a refund from the point of purchase. Refund requests are to be submitted prior to 5pm, Sat 3rd July 2021 for Melbourne and 5pm, Thu 29th July 2021 for Brisbane and Sydney.

For any further ticket inquiries please reach out to your point of purchase, or visit: https://bit.ly/ShowUpdatesLNAU.

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Hey Australia! An update on the status of some of the shows on Tim’s BACK encore tour:

Due to current Victorian Government COVIDSafe measures, the Melbourne show, at Hamer Hall, on Thursday 1st July has been rescheduled to Sunday 4th July. Ticket holders have been emailed updated information about this show.

The other Melbourne shows on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July will proceed as planned.

The Newcastle tour dates will now be rescheduled as follows:

Wednesday 29th September 2021 – Newcastle, Civic Theatre (previously Monday 28th June, 2021)
Thursday 30th September 2021 – Newcastle, Civic Theatre (previously Tuesday 29th June, 2021)

All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows without the need for exchange. Ticket holders unable to attend the new dates can obtain a refund from the point of purchase. Refund requests are to be submitted prior to 5pm, Sunday 25th July 2021.

For any further ticket enquiries please contact your point of purchase, or visit: ShowUpdatesLNAU.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Photo by Andy Hollingworth

Hi! This is Tim talking here. Hope you’re all still paddlin’. Funny old river, this one.

I wanna tell you about the charities we’re supporting, in Australia and New Zealand, this year through our BACK encore tour.

Some of you know that ever since I started touring again in early 2019, I’ve sold 50 premium-priced “VIP” seats per night and donated that money to charity (all of it, thanks to cooperation from venues and promoters and ticketing companies).

It generally comes to about $AU10K a night… and if we manage to (finally!) get through this “encore” tour, then BACK will have raised around a million bucks. Which, if you’ll forgive me, makes me pretty fucking proud. And grateful, too, that my audience members are so keen to snap those tickets up. They are, after all, very bloody overpriced. Mwahahaaa.

In 2019, the charities were varied, and you can find out all about them here.

In the aborted 2020 tour, and its current reboot, I have decided to focus on independent theatre and dance. It has been a terrible time for that sector, with funding cuts and covid both playing their role in threatening the survival of really fantastic companies. So in every city we play, my completely awesome management team have helped me find wonderful organisations to gift some dosh to.

Find out all about the recipients below. (And thank you again, so much, for helping us with this project.)

*Oh, btw, while I’m virtue-signaling… we’re also making this tour as GREEN as possible. In fact, we’re going for carbon neutral. Find out more about that project here.*

xx

Australia and New Zealand 2021

Adelaide

Restless Dance Theatre

Restless is Australia’s leading dance theatre company working with artists with and without disability. Their artistic voice is loud, strong and original. Restless creates innovative, award winning works that have featured in 3 recent Adelaide Festivals. Touring nationally and internationally their works celebrate diversity on stage.

Wellington

Tawata Productions

Tawata Productions is a Māori and Kuki ‘Āirani creative company based in Te Ūpoko-o-te-ika-a-Maui – Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Specialising in the rigorous development and presentation of theatre, Tawata blurs the lines between text, movement and image presenting a dynamic performance experience from Aotearoa to the world beyond.

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As part of triple j’s Requestival, Tim’s doing a special request-themed Like A Version on Friday 14th May at 7:30am AEST.

Request the songs you’d like to hear Tim cover via the triple j app which you can download or update here.

Then, tune in to triple j Breakfast with Bryce & Ebony on Friday to hear Tim play some of your songs!

Listen Live via the website player or the app.

Here’s a handy Tim[e]Zone Converter.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s West End production of Matilda The Musical will return to the Cambridge Theatre from Thursday 16th September 2021.

The show, much-loved by all ages, is now booking through to Sunday 13th February 2022.

Tickets go on sale Monday 10th May at 10am from matildathemusical.com.

Critically acclaimed, sweeping the 2012 Olivier Awards with a record-breaking seven awards amongst many more worldwide, including four Tonys, this autumn marks 10 years since the show opened in the West End. Matilda The Musical is the 6th longest running show in the West End and the 16th longest running musical in West End history.

For further information visit matildathemusical.com.

Photos: Manuel Harlan © RSC

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