James spent 15 years working in theatre as an actor, director and producer. During his career, he had shows on the West End and on national and international tour. He currently works as a professional historian who speaks widely on mid-twentieth century European history and can be seen on documentaries for the BBC and Channel 5.
James trained in musical theatre at Guildford School of Acting, after graduating from Royal Holloway College, University of London, with a degree in English. He also has an MA with distinction in history and is currently writing up his PhD.
As a producer and director James’s first class productions include The West End Men starring Lee Mead, Matt Willis, Ramin Karimloo and Kerry Ellis (Vaudeville Theatre West End and tour), Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring Chesney Hawkes), Days of Hope, Buddy and Caroline O’Connor; The Showgirl Within at the Garrick Theatre (on which he was associate producer).
He has directed drama school productions of Little Shop of Horrors, ‘i’ and Pippin.
As an actor,West End includes; The Glee Club, (Duchess Theatre.) London and Regional includes; Mark in New Boy (Project Arts Theatre, Dublin – for which he was nominated for the Micheal Mac Liammoir award for Best Actor), Marius in Les Miserables in Concert (Fort Regent, Jersey), 16 Gobs (The King’s Head), Prince Charming in Cinderella (The Wyvern Theatre, Swindon), Aladdin in Aladdin (The Camberley Theatre).