James most recently directed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee starring Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill.
Future work includes the Broadway transfer of The Children by Lucy Kirkwood in November 2017 and directing the European premiere of John by Annie Baker at the National Theatre in 2018.
James was an Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre from 1992 to 2006 and his credits there include: Escaped Alone, The Children, The Wolf from the Door, Circle Mirror Transformation, Love & Information, Cock, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Dying City, Fewer Emergencies, Lucky Dog, Blood, Blasted, 4.48 Psychosis (& European tour), Hard Fruit, Real Classy Affair, Cleansed, Bailegangaire, Harry & Me, Simpatico, Blasted, Peaches, Thyestes, Hammett’s Apprentice, The Terrible Voice of Satan, Putting Two & Two Together.
Other recent London theatre: The Father (Bath/Tricycle/West End); Bakkhai, A Delicate Balance, Judgment Day, The Triumph of Love (Almeida); Roots (Donmar); Wild, #aiww - The Arrest of Ai Weiwei (Hampstead); & No More Shall We Part (Hampstead/Traverse, Edinburgh); Dido Queen of Carthage, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Exiles (National); Glengarry Glen Ross, The Changing Room (West End).
US: Escaped Alone (Brooklyn Academy of Music); The Chinese Room (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Cloud Nine (Atlantic Theatre Company); Love & Information (Minetta Lane); Cock (Duke Theater); King Lear, The Book of Grace, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You (Public Theater); Top Girls (Broadway/Manhattan Theatre Club); Dying City (Lincoln Center); A Number (New York Theatre Workshop); John Gabriel Borkman (Brooklyn Academy of Music/Abbey, Dublin); 4.48 Psychosis (St Anne’s Warehouse).
Europe: Troilus und Cressida, Die Kopien (Schaubuehne, Berlin); 4.48 Psychose (Burgtheater, Vienna).
Opera: A Ring A Lamp A Thing (Linbury); Eugene Onegin, Rigoletto (Welsh National Opera); Die Zauberflöte (Garsington Opera); Wolf Club Village, Night Banquet (Almeida Opera); Oedipus Rex, Survivor from Warsaw (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Hallé); Lives of the Great Poisoners (Second Stride).
Film: A Number (HBO/BBC).