Posts Tagged ‘Tim Minchin’

The Whatsonstage.com Awards nominations are still live and you can cast your votes until 31st January.  RSC nominations include  Matilda The Musical which has been nominated for a total of 9 awards with all four of Matildas nominated as Best Actress in a Musical.  Bertie Carvel is in the running for Best Actor in a Musical, Lauren Ward is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, and Paul Kaye is up for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.  Rob Howell is nominated for Best Set Designer, Peter Darling for Best Choreographer, and Matthew Warchus for Best Director. Tim Minchin has been nominated as London Newcomer of the Year and the show is up for Best New Musical.

And the 50th anniversary season and the opening of the RST and Swan Theatre has also been recognised and is nominated for The AKA Theatre Event of the Year! 

These awards, also known as the Theatregoers’ Choice Awards, are the only major UK theatre awards decided by members of the public, and you can cast your votes at www.whatsonstage.com   The winners will be announced on Sunday 19 February 2012. 

So cast your votes…

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Tim Minchin – Wow!

Just back from ‘An audience with Tim Minchin’ at the Courtyard Theatre. I can not decide who is more brilliant him or the RSC for giving him the opportunity to develop his artistic integrity and join the Matilda team.

Although I had noticed him, I had no real knowledge of his work but as was obvious from the audience he has become an obsession for many! I drove home four teenage girls who were slightly swooning over Tim but also demanding to go and see Matilda again after listening to the story of how the songs and the show developed.

 What is satisfactory is to know that because of the successful collaboration between in Tim’s words ‘the greatest theatre company in the world’ and the team put together for Matilda this particular ‘comic’ will have the confidence and backing to go on to create other artistic work for the theatre instead of becoming just another panel show guest. And he has no doubt introduced some newcomers to the joy of live theatre. Also what a fantastic and rare venue the Courtyard was for this type of evening……

Jane Cromack

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Richard Cordery is currently appearing in the West End transfer of the Chichester musical “Love Story”. It runs at the Duchess Theatre until 26th February.
There’s a great interview with Sam Troughton and Mariah Gale to coincide with the opening of “Romeo & Juliet” at the Roundhouse. Check it out on http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/
And finally, for those who love “Matilda” and I’m with Tony on this: it is FANTASTIC, there’s an interview with Tim Minchin, who wrote the music and lyrics in this wonderful show, on the Whatsonstage website http://www.whatsonstage.com/index.php?pg=198&types=Z&site=D


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In case you have not been waiting for press night to book your tickets – here is an early review from Tony! –

For me and I’m sure countless others – this sums up the glorious family show that is MATILDA. I was fortunate to attend the first preview with all the theatrical excitement such occasions bring. Before the performance began, Matthew Warchus came out to inform us that the young lady who was to have played Matilda was indisposed and so one of the other young ladies scheduled to play the role was going on with ten minutes notice.

I can’t comment on the other two Matildas, but on this occasion Kerry Ingram certainly deserved the standing ovation she received at the end of the show. Ten minutes notice? Fantastic – what a stellar performance!

To be fair, all the young people taking part on this occasion gave marvellous performances (as did the grown ups!) with incredible movement and panache on The Courtyard stage. Matthew and the whole production team have truly come up trumps with a show that was so aptly summed up by a colleague in The Duck afterwards -“We’ve got another hit on our hands “.

I’m now looking forward to this coming Saturday when my wife and I are taking our eldest granddaughter to the matinee. She is going to love it and I think the two older “chlidren” with her are also going to have another great time!

More to follow.

Tony Boyd-Williams

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