Thursday, 9 October 2014

St. James Theatre announces new programme January - May 2015

Two comedies and a comedy legend will comprise the St. James Theatre’s programme from January to May 2015. Tickets go on general sale at 11am on Thursday 09 October 2014.


15 January – 28 February
Press night 21 January
By Joshua Harmon Directed by Michael Longhurst | Designed by Richard Kent | Lighting by Richard Howell | Sound by Adrienne Quartly

The best comedy of the season” – New York Times

There will be no justice in this world if this shockingly good production does not transfer to London – The Independent
 “A brutal, feral production with great soul” - WhatsOnStage

The UK premiere of this production of Bad Jews was a sell out at the Ustinov Studio, Bath earlier this year, where it earned huge critical acclaim for its hilarious script and sharp performances.

A beloved grandfather has died and a treasured family heirloom with religious significance is up for grabs. But who is most deserving of it? Bossy, overbearing, fanatically religious Daphna? Her wealthy cousin Liam who’s just returned from skiing with his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody? Or Jonah, his brother, who would prefer not to get involved in the fight?

A cramped Manhattan apartment becomes the setting for a viciously hilarious quarrel about family, faith and legacy as the contenders set at each other’s throats on the night after the funeral.

The original Bath cast will reprise their roles for the St. James Theatre run. Jenna Augen, who has been nominated in the Best Supporting Performance category at the UK Theatre Awards, will play the role of Daphna, Gina Bramhill will play Melody, Joe Coen will play Jonah and Ilan Goodman will play Liam.


02 – 14 March
Press night 02 March
Directed by Joanna Bowen

Ruby Wax – comedian, writer, mental health campaigner – will bring her one-woman show to the St. James Theatre following a sell-out tour which is currently taking place across the UK. Ruby has based this new show on her No. 1 bestselling book Sane New World: Taming the Mind, which has enjoyed worldwide success since publication in 2013.

Ruby Wax: Sane New World will help us understand why we sabotage our own sanity and provides a manual on how to survive the 21st century, using Ruby’s knowledge from her recent Master’s Degree - in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy at Oxford University - spiked with comedy.

Why we need a ‘manual’…

Ruby comments: “We are not equipped for this century, it’s too hard, too fast, and too full of fear; we just don’t have the bandwidth. Our brains can’t take so much information in a world where we’re bombarded by bad news and force-fed information. I can just about take in the weather then I’m exhausted. You open a newspaper, everyone’s dead. We’re only supposed to know what our neighbour is up to; if the woman next door to you is having sex with the man next door to her we need to know; but four doors down and it’s none of our business.”

Using her signature humour, Ruby gives a tour of the brain and how to tame it: “We know so much about how the world works - but so little about our how our own minds work.  It’s like having a Ferrari on top of your head but no one gave you the keys.”


24 March – 02 May
Press night 26 March
By William Gaminara | Directed by Philip Wilson | Set and Costume Design by Colin Falconer |Lighting Design by Malcolm Rippeth 

What really happened when Prince William met Cameron in Beckham's hotel room…

**** Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent

…masses of good jokes, a great final twist, this one’s a runner” - The Times

“I’ve never seen an Edinburgh show more perfectly configured for a West End transfer. “- The Spectator

The Three Lions was a critical success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and will embark on a national tour before its run at the St. James Theatre.

A footballer, a prince and a prime minister walk into a hotel room…..

This hilarious new comedy offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of diplomacy in action, revealing what really went on between David Cameron, David Beckham and Prince William in a Swiss hotel the night before England’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In spite of missed planes, mistaken identities, misunderstandings and sartorial challenges, they are determined to bring the beautiful game home. But when things start to go disastrously and deliciously wrong, three heads may not be better than one!

Dugald Bruce-LockhartTom Davey and Séan Browne will recreate their roles of David Cameron, Prince William and David Beckham, from the original run.

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