James co-directed the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables, first staged in 2009. He has subsequently directed the production worldwide – including Japan, Brazil, Spain, Australia, Canada, Korea, Germany, Dubai, New York and the current UK and US tours. He directed the staged concert version of Les Misérables in Scandinavia in 2002 and the 25th anniversary concert at London’s O2 Arena in 2010.
James’ other directorial work includes Dirty Dancing in London, Australia, Toronto, Holland, Germany and both US tours. He was Associate Director on the original production of Mary Poppins (Bristol, West End and Broadway), and has since gone on to direct both UK tours as well as productions in Holland, Australia, Switzerland, Dubai, Germany and Japan. Other work includes Batman Live (UK tour), The Witches of Eastwick and Singin’ in the Rain (West Yorkshire Playhouse) where he was Staff Director.
James recently directed Les Misérables: The Staged Concert at the Gielgud Theatre and resumed his position of Associate Director for Mary Poppins in the West End.