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The Other Palace

A guide to The Other Palace in London's Theatreland

Formerly known as St James Theatre, The Other Palace is one of the latest additions to London's theatreland. Opening its doors in 2012, it was the first theatre to be built in the capital for some 30 years. The venue offers a range of cabaret, comedy, theatre and music, giving a home to shows, prior to their transfer to the West End. With an eclectic choice of programming it offers a great day or night out with a difference in an intimate space.

The venue, which is located on Palace Street, is three minutes walk from Victoria tube station, seven minutes from St James' Park and 10 minutes from Hyde Park Corner. It has a 312-seat theatre, a 100-seat studio, a brasserie and a lobby bar providing food, wine and cocktails, offering an alternative destination for your visit to London. Get up close and personal with great theatre prior to its transfer to the West End.

The history

The St James Theatre was built on the site of the Westminster Theatre which burnt down in 2002 and was subsequently demolished. It was constructed to provide the sort of off Broadway venue Robert Mackintosh, its creative director, felt London lacked. It opened with the London premiŠre of Sandy Toksvig's Bully Boy.

In the theatre's first 18 months it had two West End transfers, Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday and Urinetown: The Musical. It also hosted two Olivier Award nominations Cinderella and Tell Me on a Sunday and six What's On Stage award nominations. Directors have included Trevor Nunn and Max Stafford-Clark.

Recent productions have included Eric and Little Ern, a moving and acclaimed tribute to Morecambe and Wise, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Accolade, a well-received play by Emlyn Williams, an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya starring John Hannah and Githa Sowerby's Rutherford & Sons.

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