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James McArdle's previous theatre works include David Hare's adaptation of Young Chekhov's Platanov and Ivanov at the National Theatre for which he won the Ian Charleson Award and was nominated in the leading actor category at the Evening Standard Theatre awards alongside a shortlist including Sir Kenneth Branagh, Ralph Fiennes and Sir Ian McKellen (The Telegraph). Garnering exceptional reviews across the board for his role of Iothario 'Platanov', Paul Taylor (the Independent) cites James to be "the most stunningly gifted performer to have emerged since the advent of Eddie (Redmayne)" in the Rylance era. Prior to this, James received universal acclaim for his title role in James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock, again at the National Theatre, a co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival of three new plays about the 15th Century Scottish Kings. James' further credits for theatre include Macbeth at the Globe, Spur Of The Moment at the Royal Court, The Heart Of Robin Hood for the RSC and a further leading role in the universally acclaimed West End production of Chariots Of Fire. This summer James starred in the heartbreaking, 2 part drama for BBC2 from novelist Patrick Gale, Man In An Orange Shirt, directed by Michael Samuels. Further television credits include Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated The Worricker Trilogy for BBC with Ralph Fiennes and Bill Nighy, the multi-award-winning Appropriate Adult alongside Dominic West and Emily Watson, and the acclaimed "New Worlds" for Channel 4. Straight after finishing his run in Angels in America, James went on to shoot a starring role in The Working Title feature film, Mary Queen Of Scots, directed by Josie Rourke, with Saorise Ronan as Mary Stuart. James plays her half-brother, The Earl of Moray. Further feature credits include Michael Winterbottom's critically acclaimed On The Road which premiered at Berlinale 2017, The Chamber alongside Johannes Kuhnke which premiered at the LFF 2016 as well as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Private Peaceful and Yann Demange's 71.

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[West End]
Original West End Production, 2019

Broadway Revival, 2018
Louis Ironson

[West End]
National Theatre Production, 2017
Louis Ironson

[West End]
West End Transfer, 2012
Harold Abrahams

Original Broadway Production, 1965

Original Broadway Production, 1963

City Center Revival, 1962
Sword Dancer


James McArdle Movies

[2012]Private Peaceful Lieutenant Buckland

[2014]'71 Sergeant

[2015]Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Niv Lek

[2016]The Chamber Parks

[2017]National Theatre Live: Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika Louis Ironson

[2017]Angels in America: Part I - Millennium Approaches Louis Ironson

[2018]Mary Queen of Scots James, Earl of Moray

[2020]Ammonite Roderick Murchison

James McArdle News

Review: MACBETH, Donmar Warehouse

It would be interesting to see the show free from all the fancy listening gear so we can bask in the thrill of seeing Tennant and Jumbo grapple with their actions without a middleman. After all, isn’t part of the beauty of theatre that the audience isn’t separated from the story by a screen of any kind? The run is sold out (as it should be!) and they’re probably already in talks for a transfer (as they should!), but one wonders if this is actually what the future of drama is: a Shakespearean ASMR experience that will be dubbed as immersive. Fair is foul, and foul is fair.

BBC Announces New Shakespeare Series to Celebrate 400th Anniversary of First Folio

The BBC is marking the 400-year anniversary of the publication of William Shakespeare's First Folio with a gripping new three-part boxset for BBC Two and iPlayer. To accompany the series, BBC Four will be showing a star-studded selection of performances of his plays and there will also be a collection of resources for primary and secondary schools on BBC Teach.

Ten New Productions Added To The National Theatre Collection For Schools, Colleges, Universities and Libraries To Access Worldwide

With 75% of UK state secondary schools signed up to the National Theatre Collection, ten additional productions will now be available to schools, colleges and educational establishments from today in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing and ProQuest, part of Clarivate.

The National Theatre Announces New Productions For All Three South Bank Stages This Summer

The National Theatre today announces new productions for all three South Bank stages this summer: Jack Absolute Flies Again in the Olivier theatre, Much Ado About Nothing in the Lyttelton theatre and All of Us in the Dorfman theatre with tickets on sale to the public from Thursday 10 March.  

ANGELS IN AMERICA Joins the National Theatre Collection on Drama Online

The filmed performance of Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches and of Part Two: Perestroika will be added to the National Theatre Collection 2 on Drama Online in February alongside eight new films announced in November.

BWW Review: THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, Almeida Theatre

Saoirse Ronan provides a much needed opportunity to listen and learn from Shakespeare's tale of ambition's dangers amidst much wailing and gnashing of teeth

The Top 20 New London Shows Opening In 2021

As theatre comes roaring back, this autumn and winter see plenty of exciting new productions, including big West End musicals and intriguing plays. Here are the shows that we’re most looking forward to seeing.

Full Cast Announced For THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH at Almeida Theatre

Yaël Farber directs James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan, in an elemental production about a world in transformation, the shadows in all of us, and one couple’s spine-chilling quest for power.  

Saoirse Ronan Will Make Her UK Stage Debut in Almeida Theatre's THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

Saoirse Ronan will make her UK stage debut in The Tragedy of Macbeth, playing at the Almeida Theatre in London this Fall. Four-time Academy Award-nominated Ronan makes her UK stage debut as Lady Macbeth. She made her Broadway debut as Abigail Williams in The Crucible on Broadway in 2016.

Almeida Theatre Announces New Season For 2021

Shows will include and breathe..., Hymn, Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Spring Awakening, and The Key Workers Cycle.

Student Blog: 11 Theatre-Adjacent Movies for Your Next Movie Night

Whether you do it in-person with your 'quarantine bubble', or online using a service like Netflix Party or Discord's video screening feature, here are some theatre movies and pro-shots to add to your Friday night plans.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for MARE OF EASTTOWN on HBO

Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, a small-town Pennsylvania detective who investigates a local murder as life crumbles around her.

HBO's MARE OF EASTTOWN Debuts April 18

MARE OF EASTTOWN is an exploration into the dark side of a close community and an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present.

ANGELS IN AMERICA Starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield Now Streaming on National Theatre At Home

Angels in America, filmed during its 2017 run at the National Theatre, is now streaming as a part of National Theatre at Home! Angels in America is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott, and stars Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Andrew Garfield and two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane.

AMMONITE Available on Digital Jan. 12

A passionate and all-consuming love affair changes the lives of two 19th century women in AMMONITE, written and directed by Francis Lee (God’s Own Country), the extraordinary film arrives on Digital, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand January 12, 2021.

National Theatre Of Scotland Announces New Scenes For Survival Films, First BBC Scotland Broadcasts and iPlayer Releases

Scenes for Survival, the ongoing digital project created by the National Theatre of Scotland, continues to entertain audiences with new weekly releases across BBC and National Theatre of Scotland online platforms.

National Theatre Of Scotland Reveals First Scenes For Survival Films And Launch Night Details

The National Theatre of Scotland has today revealed the details of the Scenes for Survival launch night and the first a?oescenesa?? to be released as part of its crisis responsive artistic project:

Check Out These Ten Audiobooks Narrated By Broadway Stars

Need a fix of your favorite Broadway stars' voices while stuck inside! Check out our list of 10 audiobooks narrated by Broadway stars!

BWW Interview: Guy Henry Talks PETER GYNT at the National Theatre

Guy Henry talks about his life as an actor on stage and television and about his role in Peter Gynt, at the National Theatre until 8 October.

National Theatre Announces New Productions, Including Emma Rice and Tony Kushner Adaptations

The National Theatre has announced its productions on-sale for October 2019 a?' March 2020


James McArdle has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

James McArdle has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

James McArdle's first West End show was Chariots of Fire which opened in 2012

James McArdle has been nominated for several awards for his performances in the play "Angels in America." He was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards, received a nomination for the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards, and was nominated for Best Actor In A Supporting Role at the Olivier Awards. Additionally, McArdle received a nomination for Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance at the Theatre World Awards for his role in "Angels in America."

James McArdle has won the Outstanding Broadway or Off-Broadway Debut Performance award from the Theatre World Awards for his role in Angels in America.

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