James Graham is a playwright and film and television writer who won the Pearson Playwriting Bursary in 2006 and went on to win the Catherine Johnson Award for the Best Play in 2007 for his play Eden's Empire.
James' play This House premièred at the Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and transferred to the Olivier in 2013 where it enjoyed a sell out run and garnered critical acclaim and a huge amount of interest and admiration from current and former MP's for his rendition of life in the House of Commons. It went on to have an Olivier-nominated sell-out revival in the West End in 2017.
James's play Tory Boyz for the National Youth Theatre caused a storm during its run at the Soho Theatre and received excellent reviews for its portrayal of young, gay men in the modern Conservative Party. His play Privacy opened at the Donmar Warehouse in London and later enjoyed an American run at the Public Theatre in New York starring Daniel Radcliffe.
His latest play Ink opened to critical acclaim at the Almeida and transferred to the West End in September 2017 where it played in the theatre next door to his new play Labour of Love - creating theatre history.
He has written the book for Finding Neverland the musical with music by Gary Barlow. It opened in Boston in Summer 2014 and transferred to Broadway in Spring 2015.
His play The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse aired in real time on TV in the final 90 minutes of the 2015 polling day and has been nominated for a BAFTA.
James' first film for television, Caught in a Trap, was broadcast on ITV1 on Boxing Day 2008. His single film Coalition on Channel 4 won plaudits for its retelling of the 2010 general election and the formation of the coalition government. He is developing original series and adaptations with Left Bank and House Productions.
His film X and Y has been produced by Origin Pictures and BBC Films and was on the prestigious 'Brit List', the list of the best unproduced screenplays in the UK. It opened in cinemas in Spring 2015 starring Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins & Eddie Marsan. He is currently working on a feature version of the acclaimed memoire Gypsy Boy form BBC films and an adaptation of 1984 for director Paul Greengrass.
A provocative new play about Charles Ingram, the man convicted of cheating on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises.
Political comedy about the Labour party
The life of Screaming Lord Sutch as told through iconic British comedy styles of the 20th century.
A dramatic investigation of the digital age
A Real time play for television and theatre.
A Paines Plough production about a young urban guerilla group that mobilises against MPs, embassies, police and pageant queens
A musical about the playwright who wrote Peter Pan, with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow
Finding Neverland has been nominated at the Drama League Awards 2014-2015 for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical and Distinguished Performance Award.
Play for young people
A love story between two people who suffer from a terrible fear of falling things and live lives trapped by their condition
Writer & Creator
1 x 120 minute drama surrounding the events leading up to Brexit.
New big-screen adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian science-fiction novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Coming of age feature about young maths prodigies on a trip to China that was listed on the Britlist 2011
Film set in the 1950s about Formula One racing
James Graham's short drama explores how the 'movement of people' isn't just a distant, global phenomenon but something that's affecting many young people here and now.
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
James Graham’s Quiz opens at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester
Curtis Brown clients dominate Evening Standard's Progress 1000
James Graham and Jeremy Herrin's Labour of Love opens in the West End
James Graham's Ink opens in the West End to rave reviews
Benedict Cumberbatch to star in James Graham’s adaptation of Mikey Walsh’s Gypsy Boy for BBC Films
It's a sharply written, vibrantly theatrical, boisterously performed piece of work. And while it vividly recaptures the now extinct world of Fleet Street — with its adrenalized and testosterone-heavy mix of news hounds and hacks, idealism and cynicism, professional pride and boozy waggishness — the play's depiction of the rise of a certain brand of populism and its immediately detrimental effect on British society makes it profoundly of the moment.
The Hollywood Reporter on Ink
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