James Farrell

James Farrell

Theatre Director

London

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I am a freelance theatre director who has worked as the associate director on the West End production of The 39 Steps, at the Chichester Festival Theatre and at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

I have directed my own productions on the London Fringe, including at Theatre 503, King's Head, Jack Studio Theatre, and Hen & Chickens to name a few, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe.

For the past three years I have directed six of Shakespeare’s plays for the HandleBards (www.peculius.com/handlebards) which have toured the UK, Europe, India and Zimbabwe. 

I facilitate educational workshops and activities for all ages and levels of ability, and am an Associate Practitioner at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

I am the Artistic Director of Nameless Theatre.

"...uproariously funny..." (HandleBard Review - Sir Ian McKellen)

“...gloriously eccentric and very funny Shakespearean tomfoolery...” (HandleBard Review – The Stage)

"...a gripping production..." (Mucky Kid Review)

"...skillfully directed..." (Homework Review)

"...a truly beautiful show..." (Pericles Review)

"...the direction is assured..." (Trojan Women Review)

"...an excellently crafted performance..." (Miracle Review)

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I am a freelance theatre director who has worked as the associate director on the West End production of The 39 Steps, at the Chichester Festival Theatre and at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

I have directed my own productions on the London Fringe, including at Theatre 503, King's Head, Jack Studio Theatre, and Hen & Chickens to name a few, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe.

For the past three years I have directed six of Shakespeare’s plays for the HandleBards (www.peculius.com/handlebards) which have toured the UK, Europe, India and Zimbabwe. 

I facilitate educational workshops and activities for all ages and levels of ability, and am an Associate Practitioner at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

I am the Artistic Director of Nameless Theatre.

"...uproariously funny..." (HandleBard Review - Sir Ian McKellen)

“...gloriously eccentric and very funny Shakespearean tomfoolery...” (HandleBard Review – The Stage)

"...a gripping production..." (Mucky Kid Review)

"...skillfully directed..." (Homework Review)

"...a truly beautiful show..." (Pericles Review)

"...the direction is assured..." (Trojan Women Review)

"...an excellently crafted performance..." (Miracle Review)

Career stage
Junior
Industries
Performing Arts

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Work history

Apr 2013 - Sep 2015

Director
The HandleBards

Oct 2012 - Sep 2015

Associate Practitioner
Royal Shakespeare Company

Jan 2014 - Aug 2015

Associate Director
The 39 Steps - Fiery Angel

Jan 2014 - Apr 2014

Director
Animal Farm - Royal & Derngate (University of Northampton)

Jan 2014 - Mar 2014

Associate Director
Neville's Island - Jamie Hendry Productions

Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

Director
Mucky Kid - Theatre 503 (Peculius)

Dec 2012 - Feb 2013

Director
Trojan Women - Nameless Theatre

Education

Sep 2004 - Jun 2006

Contemporary Performance Making - MA
Brunel University

Sep 2000 - Jun 2001

Drama - PGCE
Manchester Metropolitan University

Sep 1997 - Jun 2000

Media Performance - BA (Hons)
University of Bedford

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Industries
Performing Arts
Skills I want to learn
Choreography, Stage Combat, Voice

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