Australian cabaret legend Tim Minchin plus Bob Downe with Anne “Willsy” Wills are among performers starring in two new headline shows announced today, as part of Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2021.

Internationally renowned, award-winning musician, comedian, actor, writer and composer, Tim Minchin, will return to Adelaide Cabaret Festival with the encore of his award-winning show BACK – performing on the festival’s opening weekend, Saturday June 12 at Festival Theatre. Adelaide will be the first stop of the show’s national tour.

The show features “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.

BACK was Tim’s first Australian tour since returning to the country after almost a decade of living overseas and was seen by almost 69,000 Australians after a seven-year absence from the stage. The long-awaited tour also saw him pick up a prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Australian Contemporary Concert.

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 has already played in over 50 cities worldwide.

In an exclusive world premiere, audiences will be transported back to the golden age of variety television in Adelaide Tonight with Bob Downe and Willsy. The dynamic duo will recreate South Australia’s iconic tv entertainment show, live on stage almost every night of the festival at The Famous Spiegeltent.

A sparkling hour of tea-time entertainment in living colour, featuring an ever-changing weekly line-up of fabulous artists including cabaret gems, iOTA, Mama Alto, Thando, Yana Alana, Trevor Ashley and Adelaide’s own Michael Griffiths. Be prepared for big tunes, bigger laughs, and cheeky cabaret, wrapped up in the Logie-winning glamour and hilarity that only Bob Downe and Willsy can deliver.

Bob Downe, the comic creation of Mark Trevorrow, has been a beloved Adelaide regular since 1986. Winner of multiple Green Room cabaret awards, Bob is a television veteran, from Countdown and Mardi Gras to The Project.

Adelaide legend Anne Wills is the winner of 19 Logie Awards – one more than Graham Kennedy! Willsy has been making audiences laugh with her effervescent wit and trademark oversized earrings since she first graced Australian screens in 1965.

Tim Minchin – BACK

Adelaide Festival Centre’s Festival Theatre

Saturday 12 June at 7:30pm

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 Adelaide Tonight with Bob Downe and Willsy

The Famous Spiegeltent at Adelaide Festival Centre

Friday 11 June – Saturday 13 June at 6pm, Thursday 17 June – Sunday 20 June at 6pm,

Wednesday 23 June – Saturday 26 June at 6pm

Tickets on sale Monday, Feb 22 at 11am