Jeff James

Short Bio

Jeff James is a theatre director, writer and dramaturg. Originally from Leeds, he is now based in London. He has directed plays at the Young Vic, Nottingham Playhouse, Manchester Royal Exchange, Rose Theatre Kingston and the Yard. Jeff’s writing includes an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. As dramaturg, he frequently collaborates with the choreographers Jess and Morgs, including on the award-winning Coppélia for Scottish Ballet. He has been associate director on seven of Ivo van Hove's productions, including A View from the Bridge and Hedda Gabler. Jeff is currently working on a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale which he will write and direct for the Dailes Theatre, Riga, in Spring 2024.  


Van Cleef & Arpels
Prize for Ballet 2021

€ 1,000

Coppélia: The fourth industrial revolution

United Kingdom
Edinburgh International Festival


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