TIM MINCHIN, internationally renowned award-winning musician, comedian, actor, writer and composer, will return to the Australian stage with his first national tour since 2012.
The Australian premiere of BACK will commence in Adelaide on Friday March 8 at the Thebarton Theatre and will be followed by performances in Canberra, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.
It will be the Perth-bred artist’s first Australian tour since returning to the country after more than a decade living overseas and the long-awaited follow up to his consecutive sold-out national tours of Tim Minchin Vs the Orchestra in 2011 and 2012.
BACK is billed as “Old Songs, New Songs, F*** You Songs”, hinting at a set list of material from all corners of Minchin’s eclectic – and often iconoclastic – repertoire.
With a long history of sold out tours – his most recent Australian one-off performance as part of Dark Mofo in June sold every ticket in under 15 minutes – fans will be given priority access to tickets via Ticketmaster Verified Fan © registration.
Ticketmaster Verified Fan © registration will open at 7am (AEST) Thursday, August 30 until 5pm (AEST) Sunday, September 2 (AEST) and will enable early access to tickets for verified fans from 12pm Wednesday, September 5 (local time), for 24 hours.
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 2pm Thursday, 6 September (local time).
The music virtuoso also announced that a portion of the tour profits will be donated to a local charity in each city, details of which can soon be found at timminchin.com.
Minchin has been celebrated globally for writing the music and lyrics for “Matilda the Musical”, which has gone on to become one of the most acclaimed musicals of the last 20 years, winning a record 7 Olivier Awards, 13 Helpmann Awards and 5 Tony Awards. It continues to run in the West End and has already played in over 50 cities worldwide.
He also wrote music and lyrics for the musical adaption of “Groundhog Day”, which after an acclaimed limited run at The Old Vic in London in 2016, debuted on Broadway in April 2017 and won the Olivier Award for Best Musical in 2017.
Meanwhile, Minchin has ruffled feathers in Australia with his ARIA-nominated charity single, Come Home Cardinal Pell and the Marriage Equality parody, I Still Call Australia Homophobic. His UWA Graduation speech has been watched by tens of millions of people worldwide.
BACK will mark Minchin’s return to the stage, following several film and TV appearances which earned him a handful of acting accolades, including the Qantas Orry-Kelly Award at the 2017 Australians in Film Awards and a 2016 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor for The Secret River.
He most recently starred in the ABC 2018 comedy series “Squinters” and will appear as Friar Tuck in the up-coming Hollywood release “Robin Hood” in cinemas November 2018. In 2019 he will also star in “UPRIGHT”, a new eight-part drama series, which he will co-write with The Chaser’s Chris Taylor, actor-writers Leon Ford and Kate Mulvaney, and co-produce with Lingo Pictures for Foxtel and Sky UK.
“Not only is Tim Minchin outrageously funny, he is also a beautiful singer and pianist. His piano solos are enough on their own to warrant the entry price.” The Daily Telegraph
“DON’T GUSH. Whatever you do, don’t gush. Ahhh – bugger it. Tim Minchin is an ungodly angel of hellfire and mirth. He is the impish love child of Animal, the Muppet, and Bill Nighy, brought up on a diet of Carl Sa-gan and Christopher Hitchens. And Ben Folds Five and Monty Python. If you’re unfamiliar with this Perth-boy-gone-global, familiarise yourself now.” The Adelaide Advertiser
“Minchin has enormous presence, a superior handle on self-deprecation, brilliant timing and an inexhaustible armoury of withering looks.” Courier Mail, Brisbane
TIM MINCHIN – BACK – AUSTRALIA 2019
THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE FRIDAY MARCH 8
THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE SATURDAY MARCH 9
CANBERRA THEATRE FRIDAY MARCH 15
CROWN THEATRE, PERTH FRIDAY MARCH 22
CROWN THEATRE, PERTH SATURDAY MARCH 23
STATE THEATRE, SYDNEY WEDNESDAY MARCH 27
STATE THEATRE, SYDNEY THURSDAY MARCH 28
STATE THEATRE, SYDNEY FRIDAY MARCH 29
PALAIS THEATRE, MELBOURNE FRIDAY APRIL 5
PALAIS THEATRE, MELBOURNE SATURDAY APRIL 6