James Grieve

Director for Theatre

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James is co-Artistic Director of Paines Plough. His recent work for the company includes Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett which toured nationwide for 21 weeks prior to a sell-out run at The Royal Court, winning the (TMA) Theatre Award UK for Best New Play 2011.

James was Associate Director at The Bush Theatre from 2008 - 2010 where his work as a director included The Whisky Taster by James Graham.

In 2001, James founded the new writing company Nabokov with George Perrin and Ric Mountjoy. The company forged an international reputation for presenting theatre events everywhere from pubs to warehouses to music festivals to Off-Broadway.




  • Christer Nerfont
  • Philip Jalmelid
  • Cecilie Nerfont Thorgersen
    Wermland Opera, Sweden
    Writer James Graham

    A Paines Plough production about a ayoung urban guerilla group that mobilises against MPs, embassies, police and pageant queens

    Theatre Royal Plymouth, The Bush
    Writer Mike Bartlett
    The world premiere of Mike Bartlett's play about what happens when you hate your best friend
    Watford Palace Theatre
    Producer Paines Plough & Birmingham Repertory Theatre
  • Michelle Gayle
  • Gbemisola Ikumelo
  • Cat Simmons

    James Grieve directs Kate Tempest's incendiary play about love and redemption.

    Tricycle Theatre & UK Tour
    Writer Brian Friel
  • Cian Barry
  • Niall Buggy
  • Paul Cawley
  • John Conroy
    Part of a season dedicated to Brian Friel
    Crucible, Sheffield
    Producer Paines Plough
    Writer Tom Wells
  • Philip Duguid-McQuillan
  • Vivienne Gibbs
  • Andy Rush
  • Jamie Samuel
    Comedy about football, friendship and finding your way
    Watford Palace Theatre, Bush Theatre
    Writer Maxim Gorky
    New version of Maxim Gorky's play
    Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
    Producer Paines Plough
    Writer Mike Bartlett
  • Claire Foy
  • Victoria Hamilton
  • Ben Miles
  • George Rainsford
    Royal Court Theatre
    Producer Paines Plough
    Writer Penelope Skinner
  • Maia Alexander
  • Alistair Cope
  • Kate O'Flynn
  • Andrew Sheridan
    World premiere of Penelope Skinner's new play about a girl who disappears in mysterious circumstances
    Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
    Producer Paines Plough
    Writer Kate Tempest
  • Alexander Cobb
  • Ashley George
  • Lizzy Watts
    World première of Kate Tempest's début play about love, life and losing your mind.
    Latitude Festival
    Producer Oran Mor & Paines Plough
    Writer David Watson
  • Rebecca Elise
  • Rachel Ogilvy
  • Jack Reid
    World première, part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint
    Traverse Theatre
  • Abigail McGibbon
  • Katie Tumelty
    Part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint, two care workers are tempted when one of their patients wins on the bookies and isn't around to collect the winnings
    Paines Plough
  • Kevin Harvey
  • Michael Ryan
    Fast-paced inquisition into Broken Britain
    Liverpool Everyman
    Love, Love, Love
    Winner: Best New Play, Theatre Awards UK
    Producer Paines Plough
    Writer Mike Bartlett
  • James Barrett
  • Daniela Denby-Ashe
  • John Heffernan
  • Rosie Wyatt
    World première of Mike Bartlett's take on the baby boomer generation
    Drum Theatre, Plymouth
    Writer Simon Stephens
    Play capturing Britain as it crashes from the euphoria and promise of the 2012 Olympics announcement into the devastation of 7/7
    Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
  • Samuel Barnett
  • Chris Larkin
  • Simon Merrells
  • Kate O'Flynn
    World première. Two Generation Y-ers fall in love at an advertising agency
    The Bush Theatre
    Writer Leo Richardson

    Love in a time of austerity: Cheryl does seduction on a budget to avoid another weekend of tedium with her disinterested boyfriend.

    Latitude Festival (World Premiere)