Next week, The Stephen Sondheim Society Presents… cabaret season kicks off at the Phoenix Artist Club in London’s West End, and in the run-up to the first event, we thought you’d like to be introduced to each of the guests starring in the show.
First up, we present our comparable compere, Tim McArthur, who will be joined for the first of the cabarets by MD David Harvey.
Tim trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Stage credits include: Maurice in two seasons of Bathhouse (Above the Stag); Soloist in Gay Company (RADA), Sam Byck in Assassins (Pleasance); Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered and Classic Moments: Hidden Treasures (Jermyn Street Theatre); Silence The Musical and Blink (Above the Stag); Blair on Broadway (Arts Theatre); Company (Palace Theatre, Westcliffe); Fred Astaire: His Daughter’s Tribute (London Palladium); Forever Plaid (UK Tour), Helen Lederer’s One Night Stand (UK Tour); Widow Twankey in Aladdin; Dame Katherine Wheel in Sleeping Beauty; Dame Abbey Dore in Dick Whittington and Maisis Toates in Cinderella (The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford); Nurse Nelly in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Beck Theatre, Hayes), and Twankey in Aladdin (Chelmsford Civic).
Solo cabaret shows include: Don’t Tell Mama, The Purcell Room (New York); Union Theatre; Jermyn Street Theatre and, most recently, Theatre Lounge (Kuala Lumpur).
As Sister Mary McArthur appearances include: West End Eurovision, Edinburgh Festival Gilded Balloon (2007); The Graham Norton Show (BBC1); Elton John’s Christmas Party, New Space Theatre 2 (Cape Town). Currently monthly season at The Cockpit Theatre – Sister Mary’s Sunday Show.
Directing credits include the critically acclaimed Into The Woods and A Little Night Music (Ye Old Rose and Crown); Newsrevue (Canal Café Theatre and Edinburgh Pleasance); The Sunny Side of The Street (Jermyn Street Theatre); Maurice, My Beautiful Launderette, When Harry Met Barry, Dangerous (Above The Stag Theatre); Follies, She Loves Me (Off West End Nomination, Best Director, 2012), Days Of Hope (Ye Old Rose and Crown); The New Four Poofs and a Piano (UK Tour), Helen Lederer – Be in the Now and the summer hit of 2014, Bathhouse.
Presenting credits include: BBC London, Sunday Brunch on Jemm,Tim McArthur interview on Theatre Radio and Five Live. Tim currently hosts The Curtain Up Show (Resonance 104.4FM) and for the past 2 years he hosted the Red Carpet at West End Eurovision also The West End Wilma Awards.
The Stephen Sondheim Society Presents… will be staged one Monday evening per month at the Phoenix Artist Club – the members bar beneath the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road. The club’s entrance is at 1 Phoenix Street, London WC2H 8BU. The cabaret will be a mix of Sondheim songs, new musical theatre writing and classics from the musical theatre songbook.
“Our remit is not just about celebrating Sondheim,” says the Sondheim Society chairman Craig Glenday. “We’ve asked Tim to programme Sondheim for 50% of the cabaret, but we’re also committed to championing new and emerging songwriters, and giving young performers the chance to sing in the West End. So expect to hear some new material, too, as well as the classic cabaret standards.”
The show starts at 7.30 pm for two hours and the first cabaret is Monday 11th April. Tickets are £15. To book a seat in this intimate cabaret space, please click here.