The Other Palace London
The Other Palace: London’s hub of creativity and emerging musical theatre
The Other Palace is a newly built theatre complex in central London, formerly known as the St. James Theatre. Open since September 2012, the theatre has two auditoriums inside, which include the main theatre with a capacity of 312 and a studio theatre with a capacity of 120. Buy your Other Palace London tickets from StubHub today. Thecomplex resides on the site of the former Westminster Theatre, which was destroyed by a fire in 2002, and later refurbished in 2009. The venue was acquired by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatres Group in 2016, when it was awarded a new name and new creative direction. The theatre’s first show in 2012 was the London premiere of Sandi Toksvig's "Bully Boy". Paul Taylor Mills was appointed artistic director of the programme, which intended to showcase smaller developing shows and aid productions just starting out.
Food, wine and design
Besides the two theatre spaces inside, the venue is also home to a brassiere and lobby bar serving delicious meals, wines and cocktails. Its location on Palace Street alongside the Buckingham Palace is ideal for musical goers looking to escape the often-crowded London West End. The Other Palace London tickets are the perfect solution. The building is very grand and features a uniquely sculptured staircase designed by Mark Humphrey, an award-winning artist and designer. Celebrating British design and Italian craftsmanship, the staircase was crafted in a small Italian town by Porcelli Marmi, in the same place where Michelangelo carved the famous statue of David. For visitors wanting a pre-show coffee or cocktail, or even those looking for a stimulating spot to meet with friends or co-workers, The Other Gin Palace has a cosy and lively atmosphere. From midday, The Other Naughty Piglet, the theatre’s in-house restaurant, provides a delicious range of dishes paired perfectly with a gin from the in-house bar. The Other Palace has a rich history, having first been home to the Charlotte Chapel in1766. By 1924, the chapel needed repair and was eventually converted into the St. James’ Picture Theatre, and later the Westminster Theatre in 1931, which played shows such asSleeping Beauty and Illusion. The chapel’s original crypt was transformed into dressing rooms for performers, a green room and stalls bar.
The theatre today
The theatre was destroyed by a fire in 2002. Several theatre companies campaigned to local councils to have it reinstated, and finally the Westminster council granted permission in 2009 for it to be restored as a theatre. In 2012, the venue as we see it today opened as St. James Theatre, where the program hosted a variety of comedy, jazz, musicals, drama, cabaret, and theatre. LW Theatres acquired the venue in 2016 and refurbished the building in January 2017 before reopening it as The Other Palace in February 2017. Today, the complex is a hub of creative and inspiring ideas, showcasing a wide range of talent across musical theatre, suited for all audiences. Buy your Other Palace London tickets from StubHub online now.
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