James is an Olivier Award winning theatrical producer and general manager. Following graduation from Magdalene College, Cambridge in 2001, he was awarded the Stage One producer bursary in 2002. Currently, he is on the board of the League of Independent Producers, chairs the board of the King’s Head Theatre, sits on the bursary panel of Stage One, is an associate of Wilton’s Music Hall and a member of the Society of London Theatre.
Current productions include Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Lyric), Trainspotting and Fucking Men (King’s Head productions at The Vaults), A Christmas Carol (Fitzrovia Radio Hour at The Vaults), Potted Panto (Garrick) and Potted Potter (world tour) both created by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Superbolt Theatre’s Dinosaur Park – The Jurassic Parody (St James, Wilton’s Music Hall and UK tour), Apphia Campbell’s solo show inspired by Nina Simone Black Is The Color Of My Voice (Wilton’s Music Hall and UK tour), Adam Kay’s shows The Remains Of Tom Lehrer and Fingering A Minor On The Piano (Edinburgh Fringe and UK tour) and last but not least, two Bard-inspired productions: Shakespeare Untold (world tour with Shakespeare’s Globe) and William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) on UK tour with the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
Previous productions include: Our Boys by Jonathan Lewis (Duchess Theatre), The Lion by Benjamin Scheuer (St James), The Only Way Is Downton by Luke Kempner (Trafalgar Studios and UK/American tours), Eric and Little Ern (Vaudeville Theatre & UK tour), Potted Sherlock and Potted Pirates (with Dan and Jeff) Bill Hicks: Slight Return by Chas Early and Richard Hurst, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Oliver Reed: Wild Thing by Rob Crouch and Mike Davis, and solo shows starring David Benson, Simon Callow, Natalie Haynes, Chris Larner, Linda Marlowe, Phil Nichol, Jan Ravens, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Sam Wills and Sarah-Louise Young.
James speaks regularly on producing to student audiences, including at RADA, the National Film and Television School, TRH Masterclass and TheatreCraft. His book, So You Want to Be a Theatre Producer? was published in 2010 by Nick Hern, and a revised edition was released this year.