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ENCOUNTERS: Performers on Performance - Tim Minchin

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TIM Minchin (Monday, July 7, 2014) is the next guest performer to appear in ENCOUNTERS: Performers on Performance, a series of one off interviews with high profile performers in the West End.

ENCOUNTERS: Performers on Performance, which opened at the Lyric Theatre on January 20, 2014, has been well received with guests so far including David Suchet and Ruby Wax.

Interviews are conducted by Fiona Lindsay.

Tim Minchin is a 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 for years.

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 houses at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End since October 2011, winning great critical acclaim and numerous awards, including a world record breaking seven Olivier Awards. Matilda opened in Broadway’s Shubert Theatre in April 2013, and has since broken box office records and won four 2013 Tony Awards, having received an astounding twelve nominations.

Another first for Minchin was his long-awaited US theatre tour in 2011, which included dates countrywide as well as some US festivals. He returned to the US in 2012 for further dates and to play at Reason Rally.

He is also much in demand for UK 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 also performed at Homebake Music, Film & Arts Festival 2012: The Global edition, Sydney Australia in December 2012. And in May 2012, in another first, he performed a selection of non-comedy songs at London’s 100 Club in a “humourless” gig with his as yet unnamed band.

Minchin’s many UK TV appearances include QI (BBC), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1), hosting an episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC), appearing twice on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC) and 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and even the children’s programme Blue Peter.

In Australia, his TV credits include: Spicks and Specks, Good News Week and Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight; and on US TV, he’s appeared on Conan three times and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Minchin is an Ambassador for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, Patron of the WA Youth Theatre and keen supporter of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. When not on tour, he lives in LA with his wife and two children.

ENCOUNTERS: Performers on Performance is produced by Kim Poster for Stanhope Productions.

Tickets: £20 – £29. To book, call the box office on 0844 412 4663 or visit www.nimaxtheatres.com/.