St James Theatre Closes

London theatre news: Monday 30 January 2017


On Saturday 28 January, the St. James Theatre closed its doors for the last time. In the next two weeks it will morph into a new theatre - The Other Palace - which opens from Monday 13 February 2017.
Exterior photo of the St James Theatre, Victoria, London.

Photo: Peter Brown 2015

So, after only being open for just a little over 4 years, the St James Theatre has now been cast into the annals of theatre history.

But, weep ye not!

The theatre is about to undergo a metamorphosis and will reopen on Monday 13 February as The Other Palace.

The idea of the new theatre is that it will be a home and breeding ground for musicals at various stages of development.

It will focus on four key areas: programming, creative use of spaces, musical theatre development and audience engagement.

The main (300+ seat) theatre will be the beating heart of The Other Palace, where the programme will consist of full productions, work in progress productions and festivals of new work.

During the daytime, the studio (120 seats) will be used by creative types such as composers, librettists, lyricists, directors and choreographers to create new material.

By night, it will build on the old St. James Studio model and offer a wide-ranging programme including cabaret, music, musical theatre and crossover acts.

We're also promised a series of platforming opportunities for musical theatre in development in the studio - details are expected once the theatre is back up and running in its new guise.

And for those of you with a yearning to show-off your singing talents, the theatre is planning to have an open mic bar with the aim of making it a hub for anyone interested in the musical.

The Other Palace is owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres Group.


12 Palace Street

London SW1E 5JA

Reopening date

13 February 2017


The Other Palace

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