Barry James © TBC

Barry James


After training at the GSA, Barry worked with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Company for two years and the NT for six-and-a-half years, playing principal parts in many productions, notably The Merchant of Venice with Laurence Olivier, A Woman Killed with Kindness and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

He has enjoyed long runs in the West End in Sancho Panza, Billy, as Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar and Murphy in Windy City. He also appeared in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Theatre Royal, York) and Take Eight (world premiere, Manchester Royal Exchange).

More recently, principal roles at the National Theatre in The Rivals, Love for Love, The Threepenny Opera and The American Clock.

Regional theatre includes: Love Off the Shelf (Nuffield, Southampton), the Maltby/Shire revue Closer Than Ever (European premiere), The Baker in Sondheim's Into the Woods (Library Theatre, Manchester) and, recently, Salad Days (tour). In 1994 he appeared as Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd for which he received an Olivier Award nomination), followed by a long run as Ladislav Sipos in She Loves Me, gaining another Olivier Award nomination. He also played Mr Bumble in Oliver!  and Cogsworth in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. In 2000, Barry returned to Les Misérables as Thénardier and then played Amos Hart in Chicago alongside Denise Van Outen. He completed another run as Thénardier at the Palace in 2005-06. Barry returned to Little Shop of Horrors, this time as Mr Mushnik (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End). He most recently played Herr Schultz in Rufus Norris's production of Cabaret.

In the West End he has starred as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Comedy), Mendel in March of the Falsettos (Albery), spent more than three years as Thénardier in Les Misérables (Palace), played Otto Kringelein in Grand Hotel (Dominion) and continues in his role as Monsieur Firmin in Phantom of the Opera (Haymarket)

Phantom of the Opera
Haymarket Theatre, London Monsieur Firmin
Producer Cameron Mackintosh Director Harold Prince Starring Earl Carpenter, Killian Donnelly, Sofia Escobar, Katie Hall & Barry James

Hit musical recounting the tragic love story of opera singer Christine and the Phantom that haunts the Paris Opera House.

Little Shop of Horrors
Menier Chocolate Factory Mr Mushnik
Director Matthew White Starring Barry James, Paul Keating, Alistair McGowan, Mike McShane & Sheridan Smith

Well received musical about a hapless florist who raises a plant with an insatiable appetite for human blood.

Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue Herr Schultz
Director Rufus Norris Starring Julian Clary, Barry James, Amy Nuttall & Angela Richards

Popular musical exploring the dark and decadent world of cabaret in pre-war Weimar Berlin.

Jesus Christ Superstar
Fareham Herod
Starring Steve Balsamo, Kerry Ellis, Chris Holland, Barry James & Fred Johanson

Les Misérables
Queen's Theatre, London Thénardier
Producer Cameron Mackintosh Starring Shohagh Daly, Kerry Ellis, Barry James, Julia Moller & Hayden Tee

Hit musical following characters' struggle for redemption and revolution in early 19th century France.

Beauty and the Beast
UK Tour Cogsworth
Director Robert Roth Starring Annalene Beechey, Julia Goss, Ben Harlow, Barry James & Alistair Robins

Adelphi Theatre. London Amos Hart
Director Walter Bobbie Starring Barry James, Alison Moyet, Denise van Outen, Clarke Peters & Leigh Zimmerman

Les Misérables
Palace Theatre, London Thénardier
Producer Cameron Mackintosh Starring Barry James

Beauty and the Beast
Dominion Theatre Cogsworth
Director Robert Roth Starring Julie-Alanah Brighten, Di Botcher's, Derek Griffiths, Alasdair Harvey & Barry James

Palladium Theatre Mr Bumble
Producer Cameron Mackintosh Director Sam Mendes Starring Jim Dale, Ruthie Henshall, Barry James, Adam Mead & James Rowntree

She Loves Me
Savoy, London Ladislav Sipos
Director Scott Ellis Starring Tracie Bennett, Ruthie Henshall, Barry James & John Gordon Sinclair

Sweeney Todd
Royal National Theatre Beadle Bamford
Director Declan Donnellan Starring Alun Armstrong, Barry James, Adrian Lester & Julia McKenzie

Grand Hotel
Dominion Theatre Otto Kringelein
Director Tommy Tune Starring Brent Barrett, Pierre Dulaine, Barry Foster, Barry James & Liliane Montevecchi

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Theatre Royal, York Hysterium
Director Michael Winter Starring Helena Breck, Meriel Dickinson, Raymond Graham, Barry James & Jonathan Owen

Windy City
Bristol Hippodrome Murphy
Director Peter Wood Starring Barry James, Benny Lee, Bob Sessions, Jeff Shankley & Matt Zimmerman

Further Up Pompeii
1 x 40'
Producer Paul Lewis Director Ian Hamilton Starring Elizabeth Anson, John Bardon, Joanna Dickens & Frankie Howerd

The Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Shake Hands Forever
3 x 60'
Tommy Mathews
Producer Neil Zeiger Director Don Leaver Starring George Baker, Barry James, Louie Ramsay, Christopher Ravenscroft & Tom Wilkinson

Multiple x 90'
Producer Ian la Frenais & Allan McKeown Director Dick Clement Starring Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Barry James, Fulton MacKay & Brian Wilde

Thriller: Kiss Me and Die
7 x 73'
Tom Whidden
Producer John Sichel Director John Sichel Starring Jenny Agutter, George Chakiris, Anton Diffring, Barry James & John Sharpe

The Dance of Death
1 x 149'
Producer John Brabourne Director David Giles Starring Barry James, Carolyn Jones, Geraldine McEwan, Laurence Olivier & Maggie Riley

Film includes
A Christmas Carol
Charity Man
Producer Stephen North Director Arthur Allan Seidelman Starring Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Ruthie Henshall, Barry James & Jane Krakowski

The Merchant of Venice
Producer Cecil Clarke Director Jonathan Miller Starring Jeremy Brett, Michael Jayston, Laurence Olivier & Joan Plowright