Playwright and Director, James’s stage adaptations include Laurie Lee’s CIDER WITH ROSIE, Helen Hanff’s 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD and RE: JOYCE a celebration of the life and career of Joyce Grenfell on which he collaborated with Maureen Lipman. He founded the Hampstead Theatre in 1959 and the Bleddfa Centre in Powys in 1974. Among other projects his directing credits include, THE DUMB WAITER (1960), UNDER MILK WOOD, PRIVATE LIVES (1963), AN IDEAL HUSBAND, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1984), 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD (1981; film version 1984), and CIDER WITH ROSIE (1961), the latter two of which he also adapted. Additional playwrighting credits include THE BEST OF FRIENDS (1988), RE: JOYCE! (1991), a celebration of the life and career of Joyce Grenfell on which he collaborated with Maureen Lipman.
Roose-Evans won the London Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Director for 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD. He is a member of the Royal Society of Arts, the Welsh Arts Council, the Southeast Wales Art Association, and the Welsh Dance Theatre.