Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, James McArdle is currently making his Broadway debut as Louis Ironson in the National Theatre's 11-time Tony-nominated revival of Angels in America at the Neil Simon Theatre. He earned an Olivier Award nomination for his turn at London's National Theatre and has been honored with a host of accolades on this side of the pond, including a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk nomination.After graduation in...
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The 2017 revival of Angels in America - A Gay Fantasia on National Themes quickly became the fastest-selling show in the history of London's National Theatre. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott, the widely praised production now transfers to New York where performances began on February 23, 2018 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Tony Kushner's epic play made waves at its world premiere in San Francisco in 1991 and on Broadway in 1993, ultimately winning both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for "Best Play". It also went on to be adpated by HBO for television in 2003, winning the Golden Globe and Emmy Award for "Best Miniseries".
The production also marks the first-ever Broadway revival for Angels in America and features original London stars such as two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and Oscar & Tony nominee Andrew Garfield. The Broadway production remains as slick and stylish as it did when it entertained full houses in London, with its stunning, often neon-infused lighting design by Paule Constable and effortlessly shifting set design by Ian MacNeil.
With stellar, frequently heart-wrenching performances by Lane as Roy Cohn, Garfield as Prior Walter and Olivier Award winner Denise Gough as Harper Pitt, backed up by a tour-de-force performance by Susan Brown as Hannah Pitt and several other characters, Angels in America may well be showered with acting trophies by the time the 2018 Awards season is over.
Set during the AIDS epidemic of the mid-1980's in New York City, the sprawling themes of Angels in America remain as urgent and as topical as ever in today's fragile social and political climate.
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A quarter-century after stunning the theater world, one of the greatest theatrical journeys of our time returns to Broadway in an acclaimed new production from the National Theatre. As politically incendiary as any play in the American canon, Angels in America also manages to be, at turns, hilariously irreverent and heartbreakingly humane. It is also astonishingly relevant, speaking every bit as urgently to our anxious times as it did when it first premiered. Tackling Reaganism, McCarthyism, immigration, religion, climate change, and AIDS against the backdrop of New York City in the mid-1980's, no contemporary drama has succeeded so indisputably with so ambitious a scope.
Cast and creative
By: Tony Kushner
Director: Marianne Elliott
Producer: Tim Levy, Jordan Roth and Elliott & Harper
Cast list: Nathan Lane (as Roy Cohn), Andrew Garfield (as Prior Walter), Lee Pace (as Joe Pitt), Denise Gough (as Harper Pitt), James McArdle (as Louis Ironson), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (as Belize), Susan Brown (as Hannah Pitt), Amanda Lawrence (as The Angel until May 20), and Beth Malone (as The Angel from May 23)
Design: Ian MacNeil
Lighting: Paule Constable
Costume: Nicky Gillibrand
Sound: Ian Dickinson
Other info: Music by Adrian Sutton, Puppetry
Design: by Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell, Puppetry Direction and Movement by Finn Caldwell, Movement by Robby Graham, and Illusions by Chris Fisher