James Farrell

James Farrell

James Farrell is a freelance theatre director.  Since January 2008 he has worked as a director on his own productions, staff directed on London's West End, assistant directed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has facilitated educational workshops and activities.  James is an Associate Director of Nameless Theatre


2013 Twelfth Night William Shakespeare National Tour (July-September)
2013 Romeo & Juliet William Shakespeare National Tour (July-September)
2013 Twelfth Night William Shakespeare Royal & Derngate
2013 The Trojan Women Howard Colyer Jack Studio Theatre
2012 Pericles William Shakespeare Royal Shakespeare Company
2011 Homework Howard Colyer Jack Studio Theatre
2011 Miracle Reza De Wet Hen & Chickens Theatre
2011 Lunch Hour (Musical) Jane Haines George Wood Theatre
2010 The Comedy of Errors William Shakespeare The Scoop
2010 Reverie Tom Crawshaw Pleasance Dome
2010 The Government Inspector Nicoláy Gogol Lost Theatre
2009 Mutiny Stewart Bevan Latitude Theatre Arena
2009 Miss Julie August Strindberg King’s Head Theatre
2009 Nowhere Man Sam Lebens Etcetera Theatre
2008 Carve Molly Smith-Metzler Tristan Bates Theatre
2006 The Sperm Monologues James Farrell / Jon Gilbert E4 Udderbelly / Canal Café Theatre

Staff Directing

2012/1372 Goodnight Mr Tom Dir. Angus Jackson Phoenix Theatre & Tour

Assistant Director

2011-12 The Comedy of Errors Dir. Amir Nizar Zuabi Royal Shakespeare Company
2010-13 The 39 Steps Dir. Maria Aitkin Criterion Theatre
2010 Twelfth Night Dir. Lynne Farleigh Lost Theatre
2009 The State We’re In Dir. Justin Butcher Assembly Rooms (Edinburgh Fringe)
2008 Romeo and Juliet Dir. Tamara Harvey Middle Temple Hall
2008 Grand Slam Dir. Tamara Harvey King’s Head Theatre

Teaching & Participation

2012-13 Workshop Leader Royal Shakespeare Company
2008-12 Community Arts Projects Various London
2007 A Christmas Carol & The Magic Flute Education Pack Young Vic
2007 Workshop leader for a week long community arts project Young Vic



Brunel University, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH Sep 2004 – Jul 2006
MA Contemporary Performance
Making (Directing)
University of Luton, Park Square, LU1 3HZ Sep. 1997 – Jun. 2000
BA (Hons) Media Performance (2:1)

Professional Development

Suzuki / Viewpoints 1 Day Workshop, July 2012
The Secrets of Acting Shakespeare with Living Pictures 2 Day Workshop, February 2010
Stagecraft with Tom Wright 2 Day Workshop, November 2009
Laban with Rosemary Brandt 2 Day Workshop, June 2009
King’s Head Directors’ Scheme March– June 2008
Genesis Young Vic Directors’ Project April 2007 – Present
Directing Master Class with Andrea Brookes 2 Day Workshop, August 2006