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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.


John Barrowman is preparing for

  • Damn Yankees - Set Designer

    20:30, Wed 10th June 2020 at Barbican Centre

    Damn Yankees is a musical comedy with a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The story is a modern retelling of the Faust legend set during…

  • Cymbeline - Cloten

    14:45, Sun 5th July 2020 - Fri 10th July 2020 at Random Venue 61

    Cymbeline, also known as Cymbeline, King of Britain or The Tragedy of Cymbeline, is a play by William Shakespeare, based on legends concerning the early Celtic British King Cunobelinus. Although listed…

  • Jekyll & Hyde - Set Designer

    11:00, Sun 26th July 2020 - Wed 29th July 2020 at Haymarket Theatre

    Jekyll & Hyde is a musical thriller based on the novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Originally conceived for the stage by Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden, it featu…

  • The Rocky Horror Show - Publicity Designer

    20:15, Tue 11th August 2020 - Fri 14th August 2020 at Noël Coward Theatre

    The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics and a book by Richard O'Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s, the musical tell…

  • Pygmalion - Professor Henry Higgins

    19:30, Wed 14th October 2020 at Royal Opera House, London
    19:15, Sat 17th October 2020 at Crucible Theatre
    20:45, Tue 20th October 2020 at Globe Theatre, London
    20:30, Fri 23rd October 2020 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
    19:45, Sun 25th October 2020 at Random Venue 6
    19:15, Mon 26th October 2020 at Haymarket Theatre
    19:45, Tue 27th October 2020 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    19:30, Wed 28th October 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    20:00, Fri 30th October 2020 at Random Venue 85

    Pygmalion is a 1912 play by George Bernard Shaw, named after a Greek mythological character.
    Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled Cockney flower girl, Eliza…

  • Spring Awakening - Producer

    19:45, Mon 14th December 2020 - Sat 19th December 2020 at Savoy Theatre

    Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the controversial German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind which was banned in…

  • Mame - Production Manager

    19:30, Sun 27th December 2020 - Sat 2nd January 2021 at Random Venue 91

    Mame is a musical with the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Originally titled My Best Girl, it is based on the 1955 novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis…

  • Cyrano de Bergerac - Master Carpenter

    19:15, Sat 2nd January 2021 at Random Venue 35
    19:45, Mon 4th January 2021 at Random Venue 12
    19:15, Thu 7th January 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    16:00, Sun 10th January 2021 at Barbican Centre
    19:30, Mon 11th January 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    20:00, Wed 13th January 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    20:00, Sat 16th January 2021 at Gielgud Theatre

    Cyrano de Bergerac is a play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. Although there was a real Cyrano de Bergerac, the play is a fictionalization of his life that follows the broad outlines of it.
    The entire…

  • The Sound of Music - Set Designer

    19:15, Wed 27th January 2021 at Random Venue 77
    19:45, Sat 30th January 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    19:45, Mon 1st February 2021 at Random Venue 96
    21:30, Wed 3rd February 2021 at Haymarket Theatre
    20:00, Thu 4th February 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre
    19:30, Fri 5th February 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    22:00, Sun 7th February 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    19:15, Wed 10th February 2021 at Almeida Theatre
    20:00, Sat 13th February 2021 at The Old Vic

    The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of…

  • Show Boat - Julie LaVerne

    19:30, Sun 7th February 2021 - Fri 12th February 2021 at Globe Theatre, London

    Show Boat is a 1927 musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on Edna Ferber's bestselling novel of the same name, the musical follows the lives…

  • Henry IV, Part 1 - Sound Designer

    19:15, Wed 3rd March 2021 at Random Venue 68
    20:00, Sat 6th March 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre
    19:30, Tue 9th March 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
    19:15, Fri 12th March 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    19:30, Sat 13th March 2021 at Haymarket Theatre
    20:00, Sun 14th March 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    20:00, Tue 16th March 2021 at London Palladium
    19:15, Wed 17th March 2021 at Random Venue 10
    19:30, Thu 18th March 2021 at Adelphi Theatre

    Henry IV, Part 1 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written no later than 1597. It is the second play in Shakespeare's tetralogy dealing with the successive reigns of Richar…

  • Romeo and Juliet - Juliet Capulet

    21:00, Mon 19th April 2021 - Sat 24th April 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    22:30, Mon 26th April 2021 - Sat 1st May 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    20:15, Mon 3rd May 2021 - Sat 8th May 2021 at Royal Court Theatre

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's…

  • Aida - Sound Designer

    20:15, Sun 20th June 2021 at Barbican Centre
    20:30, Tue 22nd June 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    17:45, Wed 23rd June 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:15, Thu 24th June 2021 at Random Venue 92
    11:15, Sat 26th June 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    21:00, Mon 28th June 2021 at London Palladium
    20:45, Thu 1st July 2021 at Gielgud Theatre
    20:15, Sun 4th July 2021 at Random Venue 51
    20:15, Wed 7th July 2021 at Random Venue 83

    Aida is a musical with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang, and produced by Walt Disney Theatrical.
    Aida premiered on Broadway on…

  • Fame - Lighting Designer

    20:15, Tue 29th June 2021 - Fri 2nd July 2021 at Random Venue 67

    A stage musical based on the 1980 musical film Fame has been staged under two titles. The first, 'Fame – The Musical' conceived and developed by David De Silva, is a musical with a book by Jose Fernande…

  • August: Osage County - Violet Weston, Sheriff Deon Gilbeau

    21:00, Sun 22nd August 2021 - Fri 27th August 2021 at Gielgud Theatre

    August: Osage County is a darkly comedic play by Tracy Letts. It was the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago on 28 June 2007, and…

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