Tim Minchin is lined up to entertain at Belton House

Tim Minchin will headline a codemy gig at Belton House, near Grantham.

Tim Minchin will headline a codemy gig at Belton House, near Grantham.

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A COMEDY musician with a penchant for eye liner and backcombed locks will headline a comedy event at Belton House, the first event of its kind organised by the National Trust.

The hugely popular Tim Minchin, along with his band, will take centre-stage at the National Trust property near Grantham on Friday, June 15, at the Trust in Comedy event.

On his upcoming performance in the grounds of Belton House, Tim said: “I like big old stuff so I’m looking forward to this big old gig in front of a big old house.”

The Australian musician and songwriter, who sports wild hair and kohl-rimmed eyes, is famed for his hilarious lyrics, many with rude undertones. He hosted the first BBC Comedy Prom last summer, and has appeared on TV shows such as The Royal Variety Performance 2011, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 Out of 10 Cats.

Having won the Perrier Best Newcomer Award in 2005, Tim has gone on to win numerous other awards. As well as performing to sell-out crowds around the world, he has written music and lyrics for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptation of Matilda which is currently running in London’s West End.

Outdoor comedy is a relatively new type of event which is growing in popularity, said general manager of Belton House Alec Gordon.

He added: “Trust In Comedy is a new venture for the National Trust, but we’re certain with such a big name star as Tim Minchin it will prove to be an unprecedented success.

“We believe 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.”

Belton House will provide a stunning backdrop to the event, which begins at 8pm.

Guests should take along their own picnic rugs, blankets or chairs, and while food and drink will be on sale, picnics are welcome.

Tickets are now on sale and cost £29 in advance and £34 on the gate. Group discounts are available.

To buy tickets, call the Guildhall Arts Centre box office on 01476 406158 or visit www.seetickets.com