Minchin brings Matilda home

Tayla Gentle / July 24, 2013 04:50 PM

It’s been a long wait for many theatre aficionados, but it’s finally been confirmed; Tim Minchin’s Matilda the musical is coming to Australia.

The Who’s Who entrant and musician/composer/songwriter/actor/comedian extraordinaire penned both the music and lyrics to the popular Roald Dahl stage adaption.


photo credit: guardian.co.uk

Since its world premiere with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) nearly five years ago, Matilda has gone on to win seven Olivier’s, five Tony’s and six Drama Desk awards, making it one of the most successful new musical developments of recent years.

Having already played to packed Broadway and West End  houses, Australian fans have been waiting impatiently (albeit enthusiastically) for the international sensation to debut down under.

In an interview with Sydney arts journalist Jo Litson, Minchin revealed the RSC have made a deal with a local Australian producer.

“We actually know who the local producer is going to be (but) it’s still embargoed. I only found out (on Tuesday),” he said.

“The plan is for it to open in Melbourne in September 2015.”

Although two years may seem like a long time between takes, the WAAPA graduate is no stranger to keeping himself busy.

Based in London with his wife and two young children, Minchin most recently impressed fans and critics with his portrayal of  Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, playing alongside Mel C (of Spice Girls fame) and Ben Forster.

He has also revealed plans for another musical venture with Matilda director and architect, Matthew Warchus.

“It’s a very interesting, arty but much-loved early ‘90s film we are adapting for the stage: very conceptual somewhat Stoppardian. It will be more complex and darker (than Matilda),” he said.

A little closer to home, Minchin is currently preparing for his role in Sydney Theatre Company’s Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead which will be hitting the stage August 6.


Minchin rehearsing with the four UK Matilda's. Credit: lizzbrain.com

Sources- Aussie Theatre, Jo Litson

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