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James Graham

James Graham

Playwright

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. 

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, Cuba Pictures and Channel 4. 

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 and Eddie Marsan. He is currently working on a feature version of the acclaimed memoire Gypsy Boy form BBC films and an adaptation of 198.

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