John to host Disney's Broadway Hits
On Sunday, 23 October, John will host and perform in "Disney's Broadway Hits" at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall. Featuring Broadway stars live in concert, this show will be a glittering evening of hits from all your favourite Disney musicals.
Tickets from Royal Albert Hall box-office:
15 July 2016
Updated 15 Sept
JB Convention: Fan Fest Orlando
A special one-day FanFest Orlando event is being held at the Orange County Convention Center on 17 September. This convention is being run as a charity event, with all the profits benefiting One Orlando, in support of those affected by the attack on the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
Update 15 September: As John's husband, Scott, has today undergone surgery, John is no longer able to attend this convention. Tickets are still available for the event if you'd like to go:
If you'd like to support One Orlando, you can donate direct to:
8 September 2016
Updated 13 Sept
National Lottery Awards
John will again present the National Lottery Awards, which recognise and celebrate the amazing work of the many people running Lottery-funded projects. These projects make a huge difference to communities across the UK.
The Awards will be presented to the winners in a glittering show to be broadcast on BBC1 at 10.45pm on Monday, 12 September. For more information about the awards and the nominees, visit:
Update 13 September: The Natonal Lottery Stars 2016 is now available on BBC iPlayer:
John will soon be a guest on ITV's Celebrity Juice. The transmission date is currently unknown but the show is recording on 19 October at Elstree Studios. If any fans would like to apply for audience tickets they can do so at Applause Store.
Torchwood: The Lives of Captain Jack
Captain Jack has led an extraordinary set of lives. We all know he travelled with the Doctor, we all know he ran Torchwood - but what else did he get up to? Find out in The Lives of Captain Jack, a set of four full-cast audio adventures from Big Finish, made under licence from BBC Worldwide, and due for release in June 2017. These four adventures, written by Guy Adams and James Goss, see Captain Jack in different times and on different planets, doing battle with a variety of strange and horrible enemies, from Mother Nothing to the Council Of Three.
"What's great about these stories," says John, "is that they're the kind of episode we didn't have time for on TV – exploring aspects of Jack that you've never seen before in a timey-wimey way. If you're a fan of Captain Jack, or Torchwood or Doctor Who, then I say get them."
To pre-order the box-set, visit:
JB Music: Maddie
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Salibsury Playhouse premier of the Stephen Keeling, Shaun McKenna and Steven Dexter musical Maddie, Stage Door have announced the release of a special Deluxe Edition of the Original London Cast Album. The 2-disc set features remastered versions of songs from the original cast recording, new 2016 recordings plus a bonus disc with 25 previously unreleased studio demos of cut songs and alternate versions performed by an illustrious roster of West End stars including John Barrowman and many others.
Due for release in October 2016, you can pre-order your copy of Maddie now from:
JB Convention: Fan Expo Vancouver
FanExpo Vancouver will be held at the Vancouver Convention Center in November - and John will be there. He is expected to attend on the Saturday, 12 November and Sunday, 13 November.
For more information about the event and all the details you need, including how to buy tickets, visit the convention website:
JB Convention: Alamo City Comic Con
John will be heading to Texas in October for the Alamo City Comic Con at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Join him on Saturday, 29 and Sunday, 30 October for a great weekend of fun, photo ops, autographs and John's legendary panel!
For more information about the convention, all the guests attending, and to buy tickets, visit the event website:
JB Convention: Cincinnati Comic Expo
The Cincinnati Comic Expo has been entertaining fans since 2010 with its annual show celebrating all periods and genres of pop culture. The 2016 event will be held from Friday, 23 September to Sunday, 25 September at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
John will be there to sign autographs, do photo ops and his now-legendary panel on 24 and 25 September.
For more information of everything the Expo has to offer, and to buy tickets, visit the event website:
15 July 2016
JB Interview with Seth Rudetsky
John was interviewed by Seth Rudetsky while he was in New York recently. The interview will air as follows:
- Stars (ch. 109) Saturday, 16 July at 3.00am; Sunday, 17 July at 5.00am and 8.00am
- Entertainment Weekly (ch. 105) Saturday, 16 July at 8.00pm; Sunday, 17 July at 8.00am and Wednesday, 20 July at 2.00pm
- Broadway (ch. 72) Friday, 22 July at 7.00pm, Saturday, 23 July at 11.00pm, Tuesday, 26 July at 8.00am and Wednesday, 27 July at 12.00pm
See the Sirius XM radio website for more info:
John announces Torchwood Comic Special Edition
Torchwood #1 sees Captain Jack come back to Cardiff to engage the help of the last person who expected to see him again, Gwen Cooper! On the road, on the run, and under fire can Jack and Gwen put aside their differences and rebuild the heart of Torchwoods before its flame is stamped out forever?!
Alongside the regular edition (in comic book stores August 3), Titan, Carole and I are proud to present a special convention edition of Torchwood which includes the entirety of Torchwood #1 plus extra fan-favorite adventure The Selkie with a brand-new cover from comic book legend Tommy Lee Edwards (Batman, Hellboy).
These regular and special editions are available to purchase at the Titan booth #5537 at San Diego Comic-Con. Carole and I will be guests on a special Titan panel where fans will be treated to announcements, behind-the-scenes reveals and upcoming plans for the Torchwood comic series. This panel will take place on Saturday July 23 at 15:30 in room 5AB. You will also have the opportunity to meet Carole and I at the show as we will be signing copies of Torchwood #1 on Sunday July 24 between 11:00am and 12:00pm at Autograph Area, Table AA21.
We are so excited about this new venture and bringing Torchwood back to life in a fresh, new, vibrant way and we can't wait for all of you to be a part of it come join us. See you in San Diego.
Love you, JB
JB Panto: Dick Whittington
Yes, it's the news so many fans have been waiting for! John will be back at the Birmingham Hippodrome this panto season to star as Dick Whittington. He'll once again team up with the Krankies and they will be joined by Steve McFadden (known to soap afficionados as Phil Mitchell in Eastenders) as King Rat.
Produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, Dick Whittington will be directed by Michael Harrison. Michael said: "Once again we are delighted to bring together a sensational cast of talented performers for the Birmingham Hippodrome pantomime, which – as always – will be a spectacle on a par with any West End show in terms of scale and production values."
Dick Whittington runs at Birmingham Hippodrome from Monday, 19 December 2016 until Sunday, 29 January 2017. Tickets available now!
- By phone on: 0844 338 5000
Coming soon from Big Finish, an exciting new Torchwood audio drama, Torchwood: Outbreak.
"A city under siege, a virus on the loose – and Torchwood is ready! John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd and Eve Myles assemble in a full-cast box-set to be released in November 2016."
To pre-order the box-set, visit:
6 January 2016
Updated 29 May
New DC Arrow comic by John and Carole
John and his sister Carole have a new writing collaboration for us, a DC Comic series that explores the back story of John's Arrow character, Malcolm Merlyn. John told TV Insider, "It has to be one of the coolest things we’ve done together."
The comic, Arrow: The Dark Archer, will initially be available in digital format. Twelve chapters will be released bi-weekly starting Wednesday 13 January (available via the DC Comics App, readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comixology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus). A print edition will be available later.
Update 29 May: Carole Barrowman has confirmed that the print version of the comic is scheduled for release on 31 August.
20 May 2016
JB Radio: Inheritance Tracks
Inheritance Tracks is a feature on the BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live show, which celebrates music that guests cherish and would like to bestow on future generations. John's Inheritance Tracks will air on Saturday, 21 May. Saturday Live is broadcast from 9am to 10.30am. Listen live at:
JB Conventions: HVFF, San Jose and Atlanta
John will be at the Heroes and Villains FanFests being held in San Jose and Atlanta. Details are:
San Jose: 27-28 August 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA
Atlanta: 19-20 November 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA
For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Heroes and Villains website:
John's sister and co-author, Carole E Barrowman, will also be attending these events.
John and Carole writing Torchwood comic
Captain Jack is back! As well as appearing in the Big Finish audio dramas, Captain Jack is returning in a series of comic books, written by John and Carole. The comic is due to be available in shops from 6 July.
Titan Comics announced:
"The hotly anticipated Torchwood comic sees Captain Jack return to Cardiff to engage the help of the last person who expected to see him again, Gwen Cooper! A dark technology from a forgotten species has been claimed by a conspiratorial power… and in this collision between an ancient civilization and an all-new evil, the Earth itself may be forfeit! Only Jack, Gwen, and their allies from what remains of Torchwood hold the key to stopping a cataclysmic wave of destruction… On the road, on the run, and under fire – can Jack and Gwen put aside their differences and rebuild the heart of Torchwood… before its flame is stamped out forever?!
The debut issue comes with variant covers to collect from Doctor Who superstar artists includingTommy Lee Edwards (Tenth Doctor, Turf), Elena Casagrande (Tenth Doctor, The X-Files), Blair Shedd (Ninth Doctor), and Rod Reis (Doctor Who, C.O.W.L.)"
For more information, visit the Titan comics Tumblr page:
A request from John
Many of you have given John gifts over the years, and although he appreciates your thoughtfulness, he's running out of space to keep them! Rather than buying him a gift, he would ask you to support one of his chosen charities.
All donations, large or small, will help these wonderful organisations.
A reminder about online chats. They're not John!
Please don't be fooled by fake Facebook and other accounts pretending to be John. If someone in online chats tells you they are John, they are lying to you. John has set up a Facebook page and he also uses Twitter and other social media (see links below). He replies at random to some of the tweets from his fans when he's able to, and does occasional Q&As on Facebook.