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Spotlight on Mitchell Butel


A thousand dreams, a handful of loves, too many martinis and 24 hours packed into 80 minutes of song. Mitchell Butel returns to cabaret with tales from the jazz and blues songbooks, Killing Time, at Riverside 27 September. To celebrate, we take a look at Mitchell’s past roles and achievements.

With an extensive career in theatre, film and television, Mitchell Butel is one of Australia’s most prolific and versatile acting and singing talents. From Shakespeare, Molière, Miller and O’Neill for the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Belvoir and Bell Shakespeare to smash-hit musicals such as Avenue Q, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Mikado to AFI-nominated performances in countless feature films and TV shows, it’s clear that Mitchell is an impressive force in Australian entertainment.

Mitchell’s music theatre credits include his Helpmann-Awarded roles of Princeton and Rod in Avenue Q (Arts Asia Pacific); Luther Billis in South Pacific (Lincoln Center/Opera Australia); Assassins (Silo Theatre, NZ); The Producers, Kismet, Sugar, Little Me, Oklahoma!, Hair (The Production Company); Dusty (Dusty Productions); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Man of La Mancha (Gordon Frost/SEL); Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Little Shop of Horrors (David Atkins Enterprises); The Fantasticks (Newtown Actors Group); Follies and Bernadette Peters in Concert (Sydney Opera House) and for Opera Australia, Orpheus in the Underworld and the role of Ko-Ko in The Mikado.

His other theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet, Face to Face, Summer Rain, Harbour, The Republic of Myopia, Mourning Becomes Electra, Tartuffe, Two Weeks with the Queen, Dead White Males, The Café Latte Kid, Summer of the Aliens, Six Degrees of Separation (Sydney Theatre Company); The Grenade, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Tomfoolery, Urinetown, Piaf (Melbourne Theatre Company); Stones in his Pockets, The Venetian Twins (Queensland Theatre Company); Othello (Bell Shakespeare); The Government Inspector, Angels in America, Strange Interlude, The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, The Laramie Project, A View from the Bridge, Dead Heart (Company B Belvoir); Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love (State Theatre Company SA); A Life in Three Acts (Arts Projects Australia/Sydney Festival); Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Ensemble Theatre); Mad, Bad and Spooky (Theatre of Image); Blue Remembered Hills (O’Punsksky’s); Boeing Boeing (Dainty/New Theatricals), Woyzeck and Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl (Malthouse).

Mitchell has appeared in three solo cabaret shows, Mitchell Butel’s Excellent Adventure, And Now for the Weather and Killing Time for the 2010 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and is the voice of the Playschool theme song.

Feature film credits include Gettin’ Square, The Bank, Strange Fits of Passion, Dark City, Virtual Nightmare and Two Hands. TV credits include The Broken Shore, Rake, Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes, MDA, Grass Roots, Wildside, Murder Call, All Saints, Twisted Tales, Close Ups, Bordertown and GP.

Mitchell received Helpmann Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for The Mikado, Avenue Q and The Venetian Twins and Australian Film Industry nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film for Gettin’ Square and Strange Fits of Passion.

He has been a proud member of Actors Equity since 1988 and is a member of the National Performers Committee. He is also a Board member of Belvoir St Theatre.

Don’t miss the amazing talent of Mitchell Butel in Killing Time at Riverside 27 September at 3pm.


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