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John Barrowman

John Scot Barrowman is a Scottish-American actor, singer, dancer, and writer who holds both British and American citizenship. Born in Glasgow, he grew up in Illinois following his family's emigration to the United States. Encouraged by his high school teachers, Barrowman studied performing arts at the United States International University in San Diego before landing the role of Billy Crocker in Cole Porter's Anything Goes at London's West End.
Since his debut in professional theatre, Barrowman has played lead roles in various musicals both in the West End and on Broadway, including Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and Matador. After appearing in Sam Mendes' production of The Fix, he was nominated for the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and, in the early 2000s, returned to the role of Billy Crocker in the revival of Anything Goes. His most recent West End credit was in the 2009 production of La Cage aux Folles.
Aside from his theatrical career, Barrowman has appeared in various films including the musical biopic De-Lovely and musical comedy The Producers. Before venturing into British television, he featured in the American television dramas Titans and Central Park West but he is better known for his acting and presenting work for the BBC that includes his work for CBBC in its earlier years, his self-produced entertainment programme Tonight's the Night, and his BAFTA Cymru-nominated role of Captain Jack Harkness in the science fiction series Doctor Who and Torchwood. Barrowman has also had a number of guest roles in television programmes both in the US and the UK. He appeared as a contestant on the first series of celebrity ice skating show Dancing on Ice while his theatrical background allowed him to become a judge on Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical talent shows How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I'd Do Anything. In 2006, he was voted Stonewall's Entertainer of the Year. More recently Barrowman stared in the CW's Arrow as Malcom Merlin/The Dark Archer the shows version of the DC villain Merlin the Archer.

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John Barrowman is preparing for

  • Nathan the Wise - Sound Designer

    19:45, Wed 11th November 2020 - Sat 14th November 2020 at Savoy Theatre
    12:30, Wed 18th November 2020 - Sat 21st November 2020 at Savoy Theatre
    20:00, Wed 25th November 2020 - Sat 28th November 2020 at Savoy Theatre

    Nathan the Wise is a play published by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in 1779. It is a fervent plea for religious tolerance. Its performance was forbidden by the church during Lessing's lifetime; it was first…

  • Assassins - John Wilkes Booth

    19:15, Mon 21st December 2020 - Sun 27th December 2020 at The Old Vic
    17:30, Mon 28th December 2020 - Sun 3rd January 2021 at The Old Vic
    19:15, Mon 4th January 2021 - Sun 10th January 2021 at The Old Vic

    Assassins is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. It uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-st…

  • The Visit - Boby

    15:30, Mon 18th January 2021 - Thu 21st January 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre

    The Visit is a 1956 tragicomic play by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

  • A Doll's House - Publicity Designer

    19:45, Tue 19th January 2021 - Fri 22nd January 2021 at Gielgud Theatre

    A Doll's House is a three-act play in prose by Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December 1879, having been published earlier that month.
    The play is signific…

  • Footloose - Lighting Designer, Keys

    19:45, Wed 20th January 2021 - Sat 23rd January 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    20:00, Wed 27th January 2021 - Sat 30th January 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    19:45, Wed 3rd February 2021 - Sat 6th February 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Footloose is a 1998 musical based on the 1984 film of the same name. The music is by Tom Snow, the lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and the book by Pitchford and Walter Bobbie.

  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead - Polonius

    19:15, Mon 1st February 2021 - Sun 7th February 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard, first staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1966. The play expands upon the exploits of two minor…

  • The Mousetrap - Miss Casewell

    19:30, Tue 23rd February 2021 - Fri 26th February 2021 at The Old Vic

    The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie. The Mousetrap opened in the West End of London in 1952, and has been running continuously since then. It has the longest initial run of any…

  • We Will Rock You - Trumpet

    21:00, Tue 27th April 2021 - Sun 2nd May 2021 at Liverpool Empire Theatre

    We Will Rock You is a musical based on the songs of Queen with a book by Ben Elton. The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion,…

  • The Visit - Lighting Designer, Moby

    20:45, Tue 1st June 2021 - Sat 5th June 2021 at Haymarket Theatre

    The Visit is a 1956 tragicomic play by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

  • Glengarry Glen Ross - Shelly Levene

    20:15, Wed 9th June 2021 - Sun 13th June 2021 at Random Venue 76

    Glengarry Glen Ross is a play by David Mamet that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. The play shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage…

  • The Producers - Horn

    20:15, Wed 30th June 2021 - Sat 3rd July 2021 at Random Venue 70

    The Producers is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug…

  • The Producers - Lighting Designer, Franz Liebkind

    20:15, Wed 7th July 2021 - Sat 10th July 2021 at London Palladium

    The Producers is a musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 film of the same name, with lyrics written by Brooks and music composed by Brooks and arranged by Glen Kelly and Doug…

  • Legally Blonde: The Musical - Pilar

    20:45, Wed 7th July 2021 - Sun 11th July 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    21:00, Wed 14th July 2021 - Sun 18th July 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    20:30, Wed 21st July 2021 - Sun 25th July 2021 at Royal Court Theatre

    Legally Blonde is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. The story is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the…

  • Evita - Clarinet

    20:45, Wed 11th August 2021 - Sat 14th August 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:45, Wed 18th August 2021 - Sat 21st August 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    12:15, Wed 25th August 2021 - Sat 28th August 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The…

  • Sunset Boulevard - Artie Green

    21:30, Tue 17th August 2021 - Fri 20th August 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on the 1950 film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond…

  • Avenue Q - Sound Designer

    19:15, Mon 27th December 2021 - Sun 2nd January 2022 at Royal Opera House, London

    Avenue Q is an American musical in two acts, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who wrote the music and lyrics. The book was written by Jeff Whitty and the show was directed by Jason Moore. Avenue…

  • The Merchant of Venice - Shylock

    19:30, Thu 6th January 2022 at Random Venue 70
    19:45, Fri 7th January 2022 at Random Venue 49
    16:00, Sun 9th January 2022 at Adelphi Theatre
    19:30, Mon 10th January 2022 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    21:15, Thu 13th January 2022 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    19:15, Sun 16th January 2022 at Random Venue 95
    19:15, Tue 18th January 2022 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    20:00, Fri 21st January 2022 at Crucible Theatre
    16:15, Mon 24th January 2022 at The Old Vic
    19:45, Tue 25th January 2022 at Random Venue 21

    The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespear…

  • The Good Person of Szechwan - Producer, Costume Designer

    11:15, Tue 11th January 2022 - Fri 14th January 2022 at Savoy Theatre

    The Good Person of Szechwan is a play written by the German theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht, in collaboration with Margarete Steffin and Ruth Berlau. The play was begun in 1938 but not completed…

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