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BIOGRAPHY
I’m wedded to the stage… and to entertainment too! It all started when I fell head over heels with theatre in my teens. Even a bit earlier, as my elder brother proved recently – doing a clear-out of my mother’s attic for her, he found scrapbooks I had started making when 11, where I cut out every single article on theatre I came across in every paper I read including The Sun.

My obsession grew into a profound passion, which has led me to sing, dance, act and direct in countless shows over the last few decades, as well as presenting programmes on theatre for radio and TV as well as performing in the UK, I’ve also been on some romantic theatrical trips around the world from New York to Spain to and to New York to Cockermouth.] My relationship with the entertainment industry has been demanding, all-consuming and immensely rewarding. I’ve had such a blast too. I love (most days of the year) the world I work in and always strive to communicate my love of the business of show business.

Many people know my fun-loving, cheeky, comedic side, when, as one of the hairiest men in British entertainment, I may show the odd hint of camp behind my macho exterior. I have of course played in many hilarious shows, from John Prescott ( in a fat suit) in Blair on Broadway, to Jack Crawford and clarice’s dad in Silence!, the musical spoof of Silence of the Lambs.

Many of you will of course be familiar with my alter ego, the irrepressible Sister Mary McArthur from St Peter’s of the Sisters of the Third Removed in Soho, who graced the West End tapping down on the streets of Soho resembling a religious version of Gene Kelly – but a nun.

After starting my career in pantomime many years ago as a dancer, I used to be able to get my legs very high dear- alas those days are long gone. Then as later years have approached and everything headed south I was cast as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella at Radlett in 2008. Since 2010 I have played the Dame in Hereford’s wonderful Courtyard Theatre three times in a row… surely a hat-trick to make any footballer green with envy.]

I’ve also acted in several Shakespeare plays, from playing Feste in Twelfth Night, to Amiens, and Charles the Wrestler in As You Like It having to do a stage fight with some star from Soldier Soldier- very intense, had to concentrate to make sure me false moustache stayed on. Among the plays that I’ve directed are several reflective, even tortured pieces. I’m particularly proud of my work on adaptations of E.M. Forster’s Maurice, Laclo’s Liaisons Dangereuses, and Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette – while working on My Beautiful Laundrette, I was privileged enough to meet Hanif himself and to be able to introduce him to the cast.
Recently, some were startled to see me play the extremely dark role of Sam Byck in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. The Sondheim society magazine reviewed the show and gave me the following quote
“Perhaps the strongest member of a fine cast was Tim McArthur giving probably the scariest portrayal I’ve yet encountered of Father Christmas- attired , monumentally angry Sam Byck” Sondheim Society Magazine 2012
Those who don’t know me well may be surprised to hear that my very favourite composer of musicals is America’s Sondheim. I adore his work having seen Follies in 1987 when I was 12 he is a supremely complex musical writer of the last half century; I am indeed a great Sondheimite, have directed several of his pieces, and was thrilled to devise my own tribute to him, Classic Moments Hidden treasures which got a four star review in the Times and a rather flattering quote for myself
“The actor director had a high weakness for camp in the past, but he puts in a bracingly disciplined performance.. McArthur always relishes a comic challenge, yet he shows that he can rise to more emotional peaks as he steps into the role of a scorned partner on Could I Leave You” The Times July 2010

Perhaps some people are unfamiliar with my serious side having been quite well known as a cabaret performer in the late 90’s and turn of the millennium , so don’t be entirely fooled by the comic exterior; I may like to celebrate the joyous sides of life, but I take my marriage to the theatre and to entertainment extremely seriously. If you include my initial years of training at Mountview, where I started at the age of 17, I’m now celebrating my 20th anniversary living with the London entertainment world! [Many happy returns, dear!]

My mission today is to carry on and enjoy all the different facets this business has to offer from acting to presenting, bits and boobs of comedy, and directing. Please do enjoy my website and remember I am a man for all stages.
ACTING

In the summer of 2014 for an 8 week sell- out hit season. Tim played the lead role of Maurice in Bathhouse The Musical at Above The Stag Theatre, a role which he returns to in Feb/ March 2015. December 2014 saw Tim make his debut with the Qdos group playing the role of Nurse Nellie in Snow White opposite Linda Robson at the Becks Theatre Hayes.

Other theatre credits include Sam Byck in Assassins at The Pleasance Theatre, Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered (2011), Classic Moments Hidden Treasures (2010) (Jermyn Street). Jack Crawford in Silence of The Lambs (Above The Stag), John Prescott in Blair on Broadway (Arts Theatre) Forever Plaid (UK Tour)Fred Astaires His Daughter’s Tribute (London Palladium) Helen Lederer's One Night Stand with her date Tim McArthur (UK Tour) Ugly Sister in Cinderella (Radlette) Cole, Side By Side Sondheim (Upstairs at The Gatehouse) You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (Greenwich), Company (WestCliff), Wizard of Oz (Guildford) South Pacific (Aberystwyth) Joseph (Middlesbrough and Chelmsford) plays include As You Like it (Colchester) Twelfth Night (Catford) and Another Country (Greenfields). Tim has spent four seasons playing Dame in Panto in Hereford - Sleeping Beauty (2011) Aladdin (2010) Dick Whittington (2012) and Cinderella (2013).
SOLO WORK

As a solo performer Tim has performed his one man Show at the Purcell Room, Don't Tell Mama NYC, several seasons at Pizza On the Park, Jermyn Street, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, New End Theatre and the Canal Café. He has also supported Graham Norton, Julian Clary and Bobby Davro in Bridlington and lived to tell the tale. In March 2014 Tim was invited to be the first international artist to play the Theatre Lounge Café a brand new venue in Kuala Lumpur he presented his solo show there for three performances and shall be returning in 2016. He recently released his debut album “Don’t Be Anything Less” a celebration of some of his favourite Musical Theatre songs.
COMEDY WORK

Tim has a well- known shy and retiring alter ego Sister Mary McArthur, who has performed several seasons at Jermyn Street including recently “On Ya Knees – Confessions with West End Stars” and the RVT. Other appearances include The Comedy Store, Graham Norton BBC1, Opened the New Space Theatre in Cape Town, Don’t Tell Mama New York, came fifth in West End Eurovision in 2010, Elton John’s Party, she was a guest for Natural Voices at Leicester Square Theatre and hosted the Pride stage in Leicester Square for 2 years. For 2013 watch Out!....a whole new bunch of comedy characters shall be being born at The Canal Café Theatre.
PRESENTING

For the past three years Tim has been presenting “The Curtain Up Show” live on Resonance 104.4Fm live on Fridays at 4pm. November 2013 saw Tim present the first ever West End Wilma Awards at Freedom. In May 2013 and 2014 Tim hosted and presented The Red Carpet for West End Eurovision at The Dominion Theatre, London, also the Ident launch for WEE 14. Other credits include co presenting on BBC London, "Tim McArthur Interviews" -Theatre Radio, Theatre247.tv on Sky, Gaydar Radio, Laurence Olivier Awards on Line. Live events are Classic FM Stage live at Pride, for 8 years he presented Gladstone Festival where he once had to announce that a tortoise had gone missing. One of his favourite events which he hosted for 2 years was the Rose D’Anjou Alternative Queens Garden Party lots of pink. A highlight was been asked to interview Andy Serkis covered in small electric dots for Sony Play station’s Heavenly Sword game, Tim was the host for a live “Stars in their Eyes” on P and O’s Oceanna with various winners from the TV series whom thought they were the real people - Barbara Striesland was a nightmare, Dead by 12 a 12 week season at the Sound Theatre with various West End Performers and finally the London Sports Awards where he hung medals around aspiring athlete’s necks.
DIRECTING

I love directing, think myself as very much an actor’s director. Highlights of 2014 included the critically acclaimed version of my Into The Woods, where I based all the characters on reality TV stars of today at Ye old Rose and Crown. Other credits include She Loves Me (Old Rose and Crown) the long running comedy Newsrevue (Canal Café Theatre and Edinburgh Pleasance) The Night Porters (Edinburgh St Augustine’s). For three years running I devised summer revues for the Jermyn Street Theatre 2012 - The Sunny Side of The Street which starred west end diva’s Rosie Ashe, Leanne Jones, Helen Hobson, Shona White and Jane Milligan and Tony award winning Sarah Travis . **** The Times , 2011 Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered a selection of Rodger and Hart songs, and Classic Moments Hidden Treasures a celebration of the less known works of Stephen Sondheim **** The Times. Other work includes Follies, She Loves Me and Days of Hope (Rose and Crown). For two years I was lucky enough to be resident director at Above The Stag Theatre. I learnt so much it was exciting to go from show to show opening a show on Thursday and then the following Monday start rehearsing another. Credits there included Maurice, My Beautiful Launderette, When Harry Met Barry, Boys Plays, Dangerous, Orton, Oscars World and last year’s summer hit Bathhouse. For the past two years I have also enjoyed teaching at the University of Cumbria and have directed two Sondheim musical’s A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd. Solo artists such as Helen Lederer, Rebecca Carrington, Diva Eve, Holly Penfield, Earl Grey and established groups include Vocalarity and the 2013 UK tour of Four Poof’s and a Piano. In Nov 13 Tim ventured off into pantoland to direct Fannie at The RVT and she went down so well that he returned in 2014 to direct Sissy That Stalk.