St James Theatre

Theatre , Performing arts space St James's Park
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Central London's newest theatre is a great place to catch an out of town transfer

St James Theatre is the first newly-built theatre complex in central London in 30 years, built on the site of the former Westminster Palace. Though from the outside it looks a bit like a mid-priced hotel, the 312-seat main house has been an interesting addition to the London theatre scene. Though it's produced plenty of original productions, it's perhaps most valuably served as a place for acclaimed regional productions to swiftly transfer into.

It also has a 150-capacity studio that's carved out a decent niche for itself hosting musical cabaret and suchlike.

Venue name: St James Theatre
Address: 12 Palace St
Transport: Tube: Victoria; Rail: Victoria
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Tom Bruce

The St James Theatre is a  sheeny shiny cultural hotspot a stone's throw away from Victoria station filled with the hubbub of intoxicated media types. Or, it was on the one occasion that I went there, anyway. 

I saw 'Around the World in 80 Days' here, starring the dad off of My Parents are Aliens, and other people too. The play had a kitchsy Vaudeville vibe (intentional) so the somewhat ramshackle setup (the music/lights cue person was plainly visible up in the dress circle) didn't actually stick out that much. Also, I got free tickets, so, I mean, there's no complaints. And I drank tap water from the bar, which was chilled and pressed with lime. Didn't spend a penny all evening.... except in the bathroom*. Badum-tish. Here all week, folks.

* I hope this euphemism for squeezing the lemon (also a euphemism) carries over. I wouldn't want anyone to think I bought cherry flavoured lube or something in the toilets, like from one of those dirty pub loo vending machines.


A good theatre space off the West End with more accessible ticket pricing.  The theatre has a steep rake but none of the seats have a restricted view so even the back row gives a clear view of the stage (worth knowing if you are short of cash but want to see a show).