John Tams


John Tams’ work has spanned four decades in every performance medium. He is a recognised authority on vernacular music – a seven times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Theatre includes work at the Old Vic, the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sheffield Crucible, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Joint Stock, Chichester Festival Theatre and 7:84. At the National Theatre, he has worked as actor and musical director/composer on over 30 productions including, The Mysteries, Larkrise to Candleford, Glengarry Glen Ross, many of which transferred to the West End or toured. Television, film and radio work includes the part of Rifleman Daniel Hagman in the TV series Sharpe, for which he was script associate, co-writing the score. He was executive music director of the Radio Ballads winning Gold at the Sony Radio Academy Awards. He was invited to work with Steven Spielberg on the movie of War Horse. His and wife Sally’s adaptation of the book tours regularly as a ‘concert’ reading with author Michael Morpurgo, inspired by a BBC Radio 2 version of War Horse which he directed featuring Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Bob Hoskins. He has made over 80 albums as singer, writer, musician or producer and continues to tour festivals and concert stages throughout the UK and Europe. He holds a Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University and Doctor of Letters at the University of Derby.

Woking New Victoria Theatre

01 August 2018 - 18 August 2018

Plymouth Theatre Royal

29 August 2018 - 15 September 2018

Milton Keynes Theatre

19 September 2018 - 06 October 2018

Birmingham Hippodrome

10 October 2018 - 03 November 2018

London National Theatre

08 November 2018 - 05 January 2019

Glasgow SEC

15 January 2019 - 02 February 2019

Sunderland Empire Theatre

06 February 2019 - 23 February 2019

Canterbury Marlowe Theatre

27 February 2019 - 16 March 2019

Stoke-on-Trent Regent Theatre

27 March 2019 - 06 April 2019

Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre

10 April 2019 - 27 April 2019

Auckland Civic Theatre

21 June 2019 - 07 July 2019