Peter Gynt star James McArdle has criticised reviewer Quentin Letts as “pathetic”, after the Sunday Times writer made remarks about his and other actors’ “whining” Scottish accents.
McArdle said he did not want to give Letts credit as a “real reviewer”, following the critic’s write-up of Peter Gynt, currently playing at the National Theatre.
Letts said: “After so much frenzied movement and whizz-bang theatrics, the fruity purr of veteran thesp Oliver Ford Davies as the button moulder brings a welcome calm to proceedings, and relief at last from the whining Scottish accents.”
Speaking to STV, McArdle said: “To go for our accents is something else. That critic is infamous for saying things like that and I think it’s a bit pathetic and I don’t want to give him credit as a real reviewer to be honest.”
He added: “This whining Scottish accent is currently playing one of the biggest parts ever written in one of the most famous theatres in the world. I don’t really have time for Quentin Letts to be perfectly honest with you.”
After the review was published, fellow Scottish actor James McAvoy took to social media to criticise the review.
“We could have an entire post-show discussion about why you think it’s okay to label the sound of an entire nation in such a derogatory fashion,” he said.
Last year, Letts drew criticism after he asked whether actor Leo Wringer was cast in a Royal Shakespeare Company production “because he is black”.