Jim was Associate Casting Director for Pippa Ailion Casting from 2012-2018, before establishing Jim Arnold Casting in 2018. He was the Original Casting Associate for Matilda, the Musical at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, and was Casting Assistant at the RSC for 3 and a half years from 2007-2011. He has worked with several leading Casting Directors in TV, film and theatre and is a full member of the Casting Director’s Guild of Great Britain and Ireland (CDG).
Recent credits as Casting Director include: The Prince of Egypt (Dominion); Pretty Woman: The Musical (Piccadilly); West Side Story (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Curtains (Wyndham’s and UK tour); Wicked (Apollo Victoria); Bend It Like Beckham (St Lawrence Centre Toronto); Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Harold Pinter and UK tour); The Mirror Crack’d (Wales Millennium Centre & UK Tour); The Osmond’s Musical (Workshop); Eugenius! (The Other Palace); Rock of Ages (UK tour); The Wedding Singer (UK and South Korea tours – Best Musical at the 13th Annual Daegu International Musical Festival 2019); Camelot, Girlfriends and A Christmas Carol (LMTO Concert Series 2018); My Name is Beethoven (Workshop); The Rest is Silence (dreamthinkspeak); Crave and Illusions (Actors Touring Company); DNA (Hull Truck & UK tour);Yerma (Gate & Hull Truck); Pericles Re-imagined (Regent’s Park); Lingua Franca (Finborough & 59East59, NYC); Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams(Finborough); Fragile! and Le Mariage (Arcola) and Artist Descending a Staircase (The Old Red Lion).
Credits as Associate Casting Director for Pippa Ailion Casting include:Wicked (Apollo Victoria, UK & International tours); Street Scene (Teatro Real, Madrid); My Fair Lady (Teatro di San Carlo, Naples); Tiger Bay – The Musical (Wales Millennium Centre – Wales Theatre Award 2018 for Best Ensemble); The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium & UK tour); Funny Girl (Savoy & UK tour); One Love – The Bob Marley Musical (Birmingham Rep); Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace & UK tour); Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre & UK tour – Olivier Award 2013 for Best New Musical); The Lion King (Lyceum); Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Guys & Dolls, Gypsy (Chichester & West End); Noël (National Opera House, Wexford); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Birmingham Rep & West Yorkshire Playhouse); Oh! What a Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East & UK tour), American Pyscho (Almeida); From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury); The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park); Let It Be (Savoy); Kate Bush – Before the Dawn (Eventim Apollo); Blue Man Group (Worldwide); Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington & his Cat (Lyric, Hammersmith) and Jack & the Beanstalk and Robin Hood (Cambridge Arts).