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ST. JAMES THEATRE OPENS ITS DOORS

In Theatreland we take our institutions for granted and it’s hard to believe that St. James Theatre is the first newly built complex in central London in 30 years.  The new theatre rises from the ashes of Westminster Theatre in the heart of Victoria with Robert Mackintosh and David Gilmore at the helm as Creative Director and Artistic Director respectively.

The building consists of a 312 seat theatre and 100 seat studio, accompanied by brasserie and lobby offering a range of beverages.  St. James Theatre incorporates a full broadcast TV facility enabling  shows to be broadcast worldwide via online television.  It has been announced that the theatre aims not only to become an Off West End venue for developing work but also a venue for continuous live entertainment.

James Albrecht, Associate Artistic Director, announced that the studio programme will begin in October with Comedy at St. James Studio each Thursday night, Jazz at St. James Studio every Friday night and Cabaret at St. James Studio every Saturday night.  Sunday nights will be reserved for an assortment of events from music to magic.  Some highlights of the studio include the fringe renowned, comedy duo, Frisky and Mannish and Sharon D Clarke taking the cabaret spotlight.

David Gilmore also announced the new season for the St. James Theatre.  The first being Bully Boy by Sandi Toksvig which will also be directed by Gilmore himself and Patrick Sandford.  The first musical in the space will be Daddy Long Legs directed by Tony and Award-winning John Caird and starring Broadway’s Megan McGinnis.  Christmas will see Cinderella take the stage for a fun filled, family season.

The theatre is designed by Foster Wilson Architects, with a focal staircase installation by Mark Humphrey.

For more information visit www.stjamestheatre.co.uk

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