About Tim Benton
“Tim Benton has a gift for drawing his listeners into the stories he weaves and the scenes he paints. His rich vocals, dramatic or delicate as required, are well produced, from time spent exploring musical theatre/opera. But his style is firmly rooted in the pop music he grew up with and loves – tuneful, rhythmic and accessible. His biggest strengths are the emotion and meaning he brings to each song. His fine diction articulates lyrics most people have probably only ever hummed along to. Combining that with an actor’s instinct for digging inside his protagonists’ minds, he succeeds in turning every song, no matter how iconic, into an intimate and personal statement.”
A New Zealander, I moved to London in 2007.
I began singing aged 14 when, after I promised my father I’d never even think of a career in performing, he finally let me buy a folk guitar. Since then I’ve sung and acted in clubs, cabarets and theatres in Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Hawaii and London. I have also toured elsewhere in the UK as well as in the Republic of Ireland.
I have performed with the New Zealand National Opera company, sung as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and with my acapella group, performed twice for the Governor General, the Queen’s representative in New Zealand. My cabaret work has covered the Great American Songbook, Sondheim, a tribute to Tony Bennett and most recently a return to my musical roots with Scenes from a Well-Spent Youth.
Musical theatre credits include Prof. Higgins (My Fair Lady), Magaldi (Evita, NZ and Hawaii), Pontius Pilate (Jesus Christ Superstar), Julian Marsh (42nd Street). In London, I played Sydney Carton in the new musical A Tale of Two Cities, dir. Paul Nicholas. The UK’s Stage newspaper rated me “spot on” as the world-weary, alcoholic lawyer.
Detailed CV: Tim Benton CV.doc