James Fortune

James Fortune Portrait

Agent: Davina Shah
davina@mlrep.com

COMPOSER/ ARRANGER/ MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Current and upcoming projects include: ROMEO AND JULIET and THE CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH POLE (both Liverpool Everyman).

Theatre credits include: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND (Rose Theatre, Kingston); TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (Shakespeare’s Globe & UK Tour); BOYS WILL BE BOYS (Headlong & Bush Theatre); THE ROLLING STONE (Orange Tree Theatre); THE ODYSSEY (ETT & Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse & UK tour); SHIBBOLETH (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); THE ROLLING STONE (Manchester Royal Exchange & WYP); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse); TEH INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS, A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ROYAL COURT, (Royal Court); POSH (Royal Court & West End); THE BEAUTIFUL COSMOS OF IVOR CUTLER (Vanishing Point and National Theatre of Scotland Sottish tour & Brighton Festival); DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK; SECRET THEATRE SHOW 1 (Lyric Hammersmith); OUR BIG LAND (Romany Theatre Company); COFFEE (Pleasance, Edinburgh).

James is currently working on the boxing musical JOURNEYMAN and developing LORD OF THE DARTS, the second piece in his sporting musical trilogy.

Awards: Best Music and Sound Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for THE BEAUTIFUL COSMOS OF IVOR CUTLER (Vanishing Point and National Theatre of Scotland).

For Radio: CARMEN by Dan Allum.

TV includes: OBJECTS OF DESIRE (Sky Arts).

As a singer and flautist he has worked with, amongst others, Tom Jones, Barry Adamson, Kate Nash and Blondie.

James is a founder member of, and arranger for, award-winning vocal harmony band The Magnets. They have appeared on The Review Show, Comic Relief, Parkinson, GMTV, BBC Proms in the Park and Blue Peter as well as sessions for Radio 1 and 2.

 

01 April 2017

James Fortune is Composer on THE CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH POLE at Liverpool Everyman

James Fortune is Composer on THE CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH POLE at Liverpool Everyman

Manfred Karge’s 1984 play is directed by Nick Bagnall and plays in Liverpool until the 8th of April.

The Guardian ★★★★

“it is impossible not to be moved by these dreamers’ determination and their moment of triumph.”

“a playful revival”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/mar/31/conquest-south-pole-everyman-liverpool-manfred-karge-nick-bagnall-jobless-unemployment

The Stage ★★★★

“Vivid revival”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/conquest-south-pole-review-everyman-theatre-liverpool/  

The Reviews Hub ★★★★

“entertaining, emotive and capturing the imagination of its audience with play and storytelling.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/the-conquest-of-the-south-pole-liverpool-everyman-liverpool/

 
20 January 2016

James Fortune and Joshua Pharo open THE ROLLING STONE at Orange Tree Theatre

James Fortune and Joshua Pharo open THE ROLLING STONE at Orange Tree Theatre

Chris Urch’s play, winner of a Bruntwood Prize in 2013, premiered at the Royal Exchange in Manchester last year and now plays at the Orange Tree until the 20th of February with James Fortune as Musical Director and Joshua Pharo as Lighting Designer. 

The Guardian ★★★★ 

“Urch’s compelling play could hardly be more timely." 

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/jan/19/the-rolling-stone-review-urgent-drama-about-ugandas-anti-gay-laws

What’s On Stage ★★★★

“searingly intense.”

“a remarkable and deeply troubling production”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/off-west-end-theatre/reviews/the-rolling-stone-orange-tree-theatre_39539.html

Evening Standard ★★★★

“scorching play” 

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/the-rolling-stone-theatre-review-scorching-portrayal-of-love-and-persecution-a3159821.html

The Londonist ★★★★★

“a production so atmospheric that you forget there is no set and few props. You forget, in fact, that you’re in Richmond at all.”

http://londonist.com/2016/01/review-the-rolling-stone-at-the-orange-tree-theatre

The Stage ★★★★ 

“there are moments – a dance, a look, an embrace and the most terrible, preternatural scream – that I will carry with me for days. Maybe months. Maybe years.”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/the-rolling-stone-review-at-the-orange-tree-theatre-london-unflinching/

The Independent ★★★★

“packs a devastating emotional punch”

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/the-rolling-stone-orange-tree-richmond-review-a-play-of-insight-wit-and-a-truly-tragic-dilemma-a6821261.html

Variety

“gripping, sometimes gaspworthy”

http://variety.com/2016/legit/reviews/the-rolling-stone-review-play-1201682747

 
06 October 2015

James Fortune is Composer on THE ODYSSEY: MISSING PRESUMED DEAD at The Liverpool Everyman

James Fortune is Composer on THE ODYSSEY: MISSING PRESUMED DEAD at The Liverpool Everyman

Director Nick Bagnall joins forces again with author Simon Armitage after their critically acclaimed collaboration on THE LAST DAYS OF TROY last year. Starring Colin Tierney and co-produced by ETT, THE ODYSSEY plays in Liverpool until 17th October before touring the UK.

The Stage ★★★★

“tremendous theatre” 

“leaving a bold image imprinted on the mind.”

“ambitious, epic new work”

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2015/the-odyssey-missing-presumed-dead-review-at-liverpool-everyman-ambitious-epic/ 

The Guardian ★★★★

“ingeniously interweaving past and present”

“a timely modern political drama.” 

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/oct/01/the-odyssey-missing-presumed-dead-review-simon-armitage-everyman-liverpool 

The Times ★★★★ 

“It is an intricate cloth that Armitage and the director Nick Bagnall have woven here”

“funny and full of surprises.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/stage/theatre/article4573205.ece

Liverpool Echo ★★★★ 

“accessible, witty, and at times near-the-knuckle” 

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/theatre/review-odyssey-liverpool-everyman-armitage-10170190

Purple Revolver

“a sweeping, poignant, witty and thought provoking piece of theatre”

“a highly polished, inventive and energetic retelling of an ancient tale”

http://www.purplerevolver.com/style/theatre/124945-odyssey-missing-presumed-dead-at-the-liverpool-everyman.html

 
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