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James McArdle on performing in ‘Angels in America’, the most Tony-nominated play in Broadway history

As a Scottish actor with a fine brogue, James McArdle is an unlikely candidate to play Louis Ironson, the gay, Jewish, verbose New Yorker in Tony Kushner’s epic, two-part play, “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.”

But McArdle, who hails from Glasgow, has thrown himself into the hefty part fearlessly, despite initial fears of performing in the play’s hometown of New York City. The production originated at the National Theatre in London last year.

“Maybe this is naïve but I’m talking about my industry specifically, I feel you get a fair shot here, whereas back home we’re entrenched in a class system and fame system,” McArdle says.

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