James is a writer and director. His first play, The Rubenstein Kiss (which he also directed) won both the TMA Award for Best Play of the Year and the John Whiting Award, and is about to be seen again in a brand new revival at the Southwark Playhouse in March. His 4 part epic show, Flood, was the centrepiece of the UK’s 2017 Capital of Culture, and was voted by Guardian Newspaper Readers as one of the Top 10 UK shows of 2017. Hull ’17 won The Stage’s Award for ‘Producer of the Year’, and Flood’s BBC2 Drama won an RTS Award.
His play City Stories had a Residency at St James Theatre, London from 2014-17 and also transferred to 59East59 Theater in New York City, where it opened to terrific reviews in the New York Times and elsewhere. His play McQueen: or Lee and Beauty, about Alexander McQueen, broke box office records at St James Theatre in London and then transferred to the West End. His recent play Camelot: The Shining City - which was produced with a cast of 150 - was named as one of the top 5 UK Theatre Shows of 2015 by The Guardian Newspaper.
James is Associate Artist of the Oxford Playhouse and an Associate of Wilton’s Music Hall.