Spellbound Productions are a Soho-based theatre production company.
The company are dedicated to the production of new works and lost classics, and have produced a number of acclaimed productions in renowned venues including ‘In Lambeth‘, ‘September in the Rain‘, ‘Haunting Julia‘ and the Off West-End Award-nominated shows ‘The Devil Inside Him‘ and ‘Night of January 16th‘.
Their most projects include ‘Christmas‘ by Simon Stephens and ‘Contact.com‘ written by artistic director Michael Kingsbury.
After spending much of his twenties in the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, Michael embarked on a highly successful business career.
He was on the Boards of a number of companies within Grand Metropolitan, including a spell as CEO of Trumans the Brewers and retailers. He then became the first private sector director to join the Board of the freshly privatised Sealink British Ferries. After running Sea Containers international ferries and ports business, he went on to lead the management buy in of Wightlink Shipping, becoming the principal shareholder and CEO.
On selling his interest in Wightlink, Michael became a private investor and created a charitable family foundation. He is Chairman of The Mary Rose Trust, a Board member of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Chairman of Rochester Cathedral Trust, and Chairman of Aiken Spence Ltd. He is a Founding Trustee of The Leadership Trust.
Michael Kingsbury is a Time Out and Peter Brook Award winning writer and director whose work includes the critically acclaimed “Ying Tong” (by Roy Smiles) at the West Yorkshire Playhouse which subsequently transferred to the Ambassadors; “States of Shock” (by Sam Shepard) BAC; “This Other Eden” (by Jonathan Moore) at the Soho Theatre and “Seduced” (by himself) at the Finborough Theatre. Michael also wrote “All Manner of Means” which was produced at BAC and given Time Out Critics Choice.
His work at the Salisbury Playhouse included Steven Berkoff’s Decadence, and new adaptations of “Hard Times” and “Hound of the Baskervilles”. Michael produced and directed the hugely successful “Round the Horne… Revisited” which ran in the West End for over a year, completed 3 Number One tours, was chosen for the Royal Variety Performance, and was subsequently adapted for BBC television. Michael has also co-produced numerous overseas tours with the British Council.
James Lee has had a long and distinguished career in the film and television industries, and in newspaper and book publishing, as an entrepreneur, executive and consultant. He has been involved in the production of more than thirty feature films, including Chariots of Fire, Local Hero, Gandhi, The Killing Fields, Trainspotting, The People versus Larry Flynt and The Thin Red Line.
In recent years he has held a number of directorships in both the private and public sectors. These include five years as chairman of a major NHS hospital trust, seven years as chairman of Scottish Screen, and as a Board member of the UK Film Council.
He is currently Chairman of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and serves on the board of a large media company with newspaper, radio and television interests in east Africa. He works with David Forbes-Watt to write film scripts and develop movie projects.