Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian and writer. He has been performing his unique brand of musical comedy in front of appropriately excitable and ever-growing audiences since starting out in South Melbourne’s Butterfly Club in 2005. He won the Directors’ Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his break-out show Darkside, and followed this later the same year with one of the most successful debut acts ever at the Edinburgh Fringe – winning the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer. Many more awards followed over the years, and without wanting to go on and on about it, he’s done some pretty successful live shows since then too, often in Australia or the UK, but also on the North American continent (yes that includes you too Canada). But not you Guatemala. Maybe one day.
His current songs span various musical styles and topics such as environmentalism, rationalism, prejudice(ism), logical fallacies(ism) and his amour de fromage et de boobs(ism). In fact, it would hardly be over the top to say that his love of boobs would be up there in the back of Plato’s cave in the bit that’s carved out for the most perfect and complete example of the love of boobs. But not in a weird way. He plays the piano, always nicely and oftentimes uproariously and excitingly, whilst looking wonderfully athletic in a pair of delightfully uncomfortable skinny jeans. As well as his grand piano and apparel befitting a style guru, Tim is joined onstage by his iconic dance moves, wildly teased hair, gently calmed eyebrows, natural aplomb and his enormous… sense of occasion.
Working with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Tim wrote the music and lyrics for Matilda The Musical. This adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic has been playing to packed and excited houses at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End since October 2011, winning great critical acclaim and a stack of awards, including a world record breaking seven Laurence Olivier awards. Matilda opened in Broadway’s Shubert Theatre, April 2013, and has since broken box office records and won four 2013 Tony Awards having received an astounding twelve nominations.
Having toured the UK theatres many times, Tim embarked on his first arena tour of the UK in December 2010, joined by the 55-piece Heritage Orchestra and a band. He took the show to Australia in early 2011, performing with the state symphony orchestras all over the country, including four sold out dates with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. The fourth of these shows was recorded and broadcast live on Australian TV by ABC2. More UK arena dates with the Heritage Orchestra followed, including two dates at The Royal Albert Hall where his most recent DVD of four Tim Minchin And The Heritage Orchestra Live At The Royal Albert Hall was filmed and in early 2012 he returned to Australia with Tim Minchin vs The Orchestras – Round II.
Another first for Tim was his long-awaited US theatre tour in 2011, with dates countrywide and a couple of US festivals. 2012 saw him in the US again for a few more dates and to play at Reason Rally. In the UK too, Tim is much in demand for festivals and summer 2012 saw a great many performances at open air events, usually with his band, including The Eden Sessions, Somerset House, Latitude and V. He’ll perform at Homebake Music, Film & Arts Festival 2012: The Global edition, Sydney Australia in December 2012. In May 2012, in another first, Tim performed a selection of non-comedy songs at London’s 100 Club in a “humourless” gig with his as yet unnamed band.