Tim McArthur


“There is no stopping Tim McArthur!” The Stage

Tim McArthur is a born, multi-skilled performer and director. A graduate of Mountview, Tim began his career in musical theatre. He has toured the UK and sung and danced on stages from West End to Broadway.

His one-man shows have played at The Purcell Rooms, Jermyn Street Theatre and the Canal Cafe to name but a few. Internationally, Tim has performed solo shows in New York and, in 2014, Tim was invited to be the first international artist to appear at the new Theatre Lounge Cafe in Kuala Lumpur, playing a 3-night run to delighted audiences. He has also released an album: Don’t Be Anything Less, celebrating some of his favourite musical theatre songs.

“…Vibrant voice and supple style…” USA Backstage

His love for Sondheim is reflected in Tim’s career from performing in Side by Side (Upstairs at The Gatehouse), Company (Westcliff) and his critically acclaimed Sam Byck in Assassins (Pleasance Theatre).

“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

As a Director, Tim has continued his tributes to Sondheim including devising Classic Moments, Hidden Treasures, about which The Times wrote:

“…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 ****

Most recently, Tim has directed the Sondheim classic, Into The Woods (Ye Old Rose and Crown) and the award-winning Bathhouse: the Musical (Above the Stag). He will also return for a third time to direct the comedy behemoth Newsrevue (Canal Cafe and Edinburgh Fringe Festival) this May.

Tim’s comedy work has seen him work supporting the likes of Julian Clary, Graham Norton, Bobby Davro and Helen Lederer on tour. He has also performed in McArthur’s Parts, in which he showed off a variety of comedy characters, including his best-known alter-ego, Sister Mary. As well as performing as a seasoned dame everywhere from Hereford to Hayes, Tim also writes and directs pantomime each year.

“…engaging stage presence and a gift for comedy…” Showbusiness Weekly USA

He is currently developing his first sit-com for TV, based on his experiences in Pantoland. As if he’s not busy enough already, Tim also hosts the weekly Curtain Up! radio show on Resonance FM every Friday from 4 – 6pm, covering all things theatre and interviewing guests from the West End.