James Simmons - Company Director
James trained with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and at LAMDA. He has worked in Repertory theatre in Birmingham, Southampton, Cambridge, Worcester, Salisbury, Manchester, Scarborough, (for Alan Ayckbourn), Nottingham, Leicester and Liverpool. He toured the UK and the Far East playing Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing for the Oxford Stage Company. He spent three years with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford, the Barbican and touring abroad, playing a variety of roles including Gratiano in the Merchant of Venice, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richmond in Richard III and Edward Longresse in Robert Holman’s Today.
For Tour de Force he has appeared in Beckett’s, Play at the Riverside Studios, and played the title role in, Vortigern at the Bridewell. James has played Henry V, Macbeth and Benedick at the Arundel Festival. James has worked for Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance Theatre Company playing, Titus Lartius in Coriolanus and Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night and at the Royal National Theatre in Alan Ayckbourn’s, Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays. He has appeared as Jack Absolute in The Rivals at Chichester, on tour and in the West End and played Kipps in the long running West End hit The Woman in Black. James played the Player King in Sir Trevor Nunn's acclaimed production of Hamlet at the Old Vic.
He completed over 1000 performances playing Scar in Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. He was nominated MTA's Actor of the Year 2011 for his performance as Elyot in Private Lives.
On television James has been seen in many shows including, ‘The Professionals’, ‘The Gentle Touch’, ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Hannay’, ‘Just William’, ‘Chancer’, ‘Soldier Soldier’, BBC Shakespeare Series, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘The Alchemists’, ‘Grown Up’s’, ‘Gypsy Girl’, and as Adam Hope in CITV’s ‘Animal Ark’. He played DC Collins in Lynda la Plante’s ‘Trial and Retribution’ and was Dr Thompson in EastEnders.
His film credits include Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Henry V’ and ‘The Whistleblower’ and ‘Blue Ice’ with Michael Caine.
He has been a member of the BBC Radio Repertory Company where his broadcasts included, Don Quixote, Great Expectations, Macbeth, Citizens, War and Peace and Hamlet.
James has worked as a director both here and in the U.S.A. He was an assistant director of the National Youth Theatre, joint Artistic Director of, Tour de Force and has directed ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Mysteries’ and ‘Maria Marten – The Murder in the Red Barn’ in Connecticut and New York. He directed, 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' for the Arundel Festival. He is Assistant Director on 'La Boheme' and 'Carmen', for Raymond Gubbay Ltd., at the Albert Hall and the O2.