WIN! Tickets for Tim Minchin comedy show

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Tim Minchin, whose musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda won a record seven gongs at this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards, will star in the National Trust’s exciting new Trust in Comedy event – and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away!

Taking place at the National Trust’s Belton House in Grantham on Friday 15th June at 8pm, it precedes the hugely popular Belton Spitfire Proms on 16th June.

Minchin, famed for his wild backcombed hair and khol-rimmed eyes, is the Australian musician, songwriter and comedian who hosted the first ever BBC Comedy Prom last summer.

Other TV appearances include The Royal Variety Performance 2011, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 Out of 10 Cats.

Known for spectacular performances, his songs span musical styles and topics like environmentalism, rationalism, prejudice(ism), and logical fallacies(ism) . It is an event not to be missed.

As well as performing to sell-out crowds around the world, Minchin wrote the music and lyrics for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of Matilda. The musical which won seven out of the ten awards it was nominated for at the Olivier Awards, is currently running in London’s West End.

This is not the first time he has received recognition - Tim also won the Perrier Best Newcomer Award in 2005, and has scooped numerous other awards.

His third live DVD, Tim Minchin & the Heritage Orchestra – Live at the Royal Albert Hall, was released in November 2011.

While outdoor comedy is still considered to be in its infancy, it is starting to grow in popularity.

Trust In Comedy is a new venture for the National Trust and it seems certain that Tim’s original blend of music, song and stand-up will not only keep the audience in stitches, but will also put the National Trust on the comedy map.

But don’t worry if you don’t win our competition – advance tickets cost £29 and £34 on the gate. Group rates of buy ten tickets and get one free are available.

For information, including rules and restrictions, and tickets visit or ring 01476 566116.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to see Tim Minchin at Belton House, near Grantham, on Friday 15th June 2012 simply answer this question:

Q) How many gongs did the musical Matilda win at the Laurence Olivier Awards?

Send your answer to Tim Minchin Competition, Gainsborough Standard, 5-7 Market Place, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 2BP.

Alternatively, email your answer to

Please remember to include a daytime contact number, as winners will be notified by telephone.

Entry closes Wednesday 16th May 2012.

Normal Gainsborough Standard competition rules apply.