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April 2012


by Tim 30th Apr | 72 comments

Hi all, this is me.

As you may have gathered from this blog (or from the news), last week I managed to score myself an acting role in a TV show. This is obviously very exciting for me… but there is a downside.

Unfortunately, spending 3 months filming in LA during a summer in which I’d booked a lot of gigs in the UK is quite the time-space conundrum. Like so many such problems, it has been largely solved by the burning of fossil fuels: I will be flying to and from California an unhealthy number of times, often going from Heathrow straight to a gig.

It’s going to be an invigorating and mental-health-challenging summer.

However, with great regret and much gnashing of teeth, I’m afraid I’ve had to pull out of a couple of gigs. Below is the list of the gigs from which I have had to extract myself. I am genuinely sorry that I will be causing some people disappointment and/or inconvenience. Those of you who have been following my movements for a while will know that I don’t pull out of gigs lightly. So…

Scope’s Big Comedy Night, 20th May, Hammersmith Apollo.
It goes without saying, I think, that this cancellation is heartbreaking for me, and a proper pain in the arse for the wonderful organisers. However, I know that it is going to be a farkin’ fantastic night regardless. The line-up is brilliant and diverse and intelligent and hilarious. (Details here). The organisers are hot on the case of finding someone to replace me on the bill… and we’ll announce that as soon as we figure out who it’s going to be. Scope is a brilliant charity, and there are still tickets left. Please tell your friends to go.
If it so happens that you only bought your ticket so you could see stupid old me, then you are a little bit of a nutcase, but I understand. I guess. If you contact the people from whom you bought your tickets and tell them that you have been listening to your PM and have decided you don’t care about people with disabilities, you will be able to get your money back. (I’m joking, of course. (About the not caring bit, not about the money back thing. That’s real. (I love you.)))

Bury St Edmunds, 27th May.
This one is a solo show, and is therefore going to be rescheduled for 9th September. If you can’t make it on this new date, I can only grovel and submit myself to your furious anger… and obviously you’ll be able to get your money refunded here.

Cheltenham Science Festival, 13th June.
I was really looking forward to this! I was going to perform “Storm” and do a cool Q&A with Robin, I think. However, it goes without saying that the festival will have many more exciting and smart people than I, so while I feel bad, most of all, I’m jealous that you’re going and I’m not! If you had tickets to see me, go here to find out who could see instead, or call the Box Office on 0844 880 8094 for refunds.

Cambridge Summer Ball, 19th June.
Oh geez, this was going to be a hoot. I’m not too worried about you ball-goers (it’s going to be a ridiculously fun night without me, and the rest of the line up is deadly), but the band and I were pumped to be asked and really looking forward to it. Next year maybe?! Sorrrrrrrry Cambridgians. Hope you have a ball.

Not So Silent Movies, King’s Place, 29th June.
This was going to be really interesting – a chance to do a bit of improv and work with brilliant musos on a cool concept. I’m gutted not to be able to take part and very sorry to rob you of the chance to see me look like a chump up against proper players. If you had tickets, Kings Place will be in touch and you will receive a full refund. (any questions you can call the box office on 020 7520 1490)

Again, huge apologies to those I’ve let down. And thank you to the organisers of these events who have been so understanding and supportive of my decision.

Love yez.

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Tim will be playing the opening night of the Summer Series at Somerset House, London, at 7.30pm on July 7th. He will performing with the fabulous Large Band, including the perpetually lovely Pete & Brad.

Tickets go on general sale on April 27th at 9am and are £27.50 – £52.50 (plus booking fee). They are available online via Ticketmaster or by phoning 0844 847 2461.

However, if you are especially keen, there is a presale starting at 9am on April 26th, with tickets available here.

You can find out more details and see who else is performing at the rest of the summer’s concert series on the Somerset House website.

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Tim’s long-term evidence-free claim of being an “actor” is soon to be put to the test: he’s landed the role of “coked-up rockstar” Atticus Fetch in the sixth season of Showtime’s Californication.

The show revolves around David Duchovny’s character, writer Hank Moody, who will work with Fetch to write a musical based on one of his novels. Apart from the coke bit, it honestly shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for Tim. If you’re interested in spoilers, there are a few more plot details over at Playbill.

The series is set to air early next year in the US, and will most likely make its way over to the UK and Australia too. Once air dates are confirmed, we’ll let you know so that you can tune in to see Tim doing his acting thing!

We hear that – in true Californication style – his opening scene will involve quite a lot of Tim-flesh, so if that’s your thing…

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Today, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) have launched a new social networking platform, myShakespeare, for the London 2012 Festival, to mark the start of the World Shakespeare Festival (WSF), the biggest ever celebration of Shakespeare.

myShakespeare, which is supported by BP, is free to access and users can create their own unique searches, based on a particular moment in time, and share their personal data visualisations through Facebook and Twitter.

Tim says: “Saying Shakespeare was a good writer is like saying space is big… The Royal Shakespeare Company produced this festival to celebrate the incredibly diverse ways in which Will’s work still lives, and – most importantly – to encourage you guys to get in amongst it.”

Michael Boyd, RSC Artistic Director, says: “We hope that people will join [the] conversation, either by blogging or through Facebook and Twitter, and make myShakespeare their Shakespeare.”

Tim is the first to join the conversation, introducing the project in the video below in his own very special way. So whether Tim is the sun to you or you compare him to a summer’s day (he makes you sneeze?); whether you love to see him play the Fool or even if, for you, it is all about his Bottom… take a look at what he has to say about myShakespeare especially if you think the soul of the man is in his clothes…

Feel free to comment below on how you might “get in amongst it” and whether you find the end of the video a comedy or a tragedy…


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It was quite an evening for Matilda The Musical at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards! Matilda had received ten nominations and tonight skipped away with SEVEN awards, a record haul for a single show, including Best New Musical.

Rob Howells won Best Set Design and Simon Baker Best Sound Design. Best Director went to Matthew Warchus with Peter Darling claiming Best Theatre Choreographer. Members of the cast triumphed too with Best Actor in a Musical for Bertie Carvel and the four Matildas: Cleo Demetriou, Kerry Ingram, Eleanor Worthington Cox & Sophia Kiely shared the award for Best Actress in a Musical, breaking the record for the youngest Olivier Award-holders.

To see the full list of ten nominations earned by Matilda the Musical, the maximum for which it was eligible, see this earlier blog post. The full list of award winners can be found here.

Many congratulations to Tim and everyone at Matilda The Musical for such an amazing achievement.


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