After teasing today’s announcement on Insty three days ago, Tim Minchin, musician, comedian, writer, actor, composer – one of Australia‘s finest slashies, really, winning awards across the globe, most recently for his musicals, Matilda the Musical and Groundhog Day (they both ruled) – has revealed he’ll be coming back to our stages for a national comedy tour, aptly titled Back.

He’ll be performing his darkly comic songs – described as “Old Songs, New Songs, Fuck You Songs” – as part of his first national tour since 2012 in Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brissie, through March and April next year.

While we haven’t been blessed with a national tour since his sell-out shows in ’11 and ’12 – although he sold out a one-off at Dark Mofo in Hobart in June – the last ‘Straya saw of Minchin on our tellies was back in Feb this year, with the release of Squinters, an under-the-radar ABC comedy series about an eco-carpool in Sydney‘s Western Suburbs, which also featured Sam Simmons, our new Charles Manson, Damon Herriman, and Andrea Demetriades.

And before that, in 2015 in two excellent series, The Secret River – for which he won a Logie – and No Activity. In that same year, Matilda the Musical – Minchin wrote the music and lyrics – had its Aussie premiere in Sydney. It’s since gone on to play Melbs, Perth, Brissie and Adelaide.

In October, Minchin is due to start shooting new series, Upright, created by The Chaser‘s Chris Taylor; written by Taylor, Minchin, Kate Mulvany (!!!), and Leon Ford; and directed by Matthew Saville. Co-commissioning network Foxtel described the road trip story as “the story of two misfits, thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert, who forge the unlikeliest of bonds in their quest to get a precious piano from one side of the country to the other“. 10/10, would watch.

And in November Robin Hood is due to hit Aussie cinemas, in which Minchin plays Friar Tuck, and Ben Mendelssohn the Sheriff of Nottingham. Jamies Foxx and Dornan are in it too. That’s on the list too.

Tickets for Minchin’s homecoming go on sale on Thursday 6 September, with a pre-sale kicking off on Wednesday 5 September.

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 March
Thebarton Theatre – Adelaide
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Friday 15 March
Canberra Theatre – Canberra
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Friday 22 & Saturday 23 March
Crown Theatre – Perth
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Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 & Friday 28 March
State Theatre – Sydney
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Friday 5 & Saturday 6 April
Palais Theatre – Melbourne
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Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 April 
QPAC – Brisbane
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