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Friday, 14 December 2018

REVIEW: Murder For Two at The Other Palace (Studio)

Murder For Two claims its inspiration is part Marx Brothers and part Agatha Christie. There’s also a hefty dose of Broadway pastiche thrown in, a sub genre in its own right of which there are an increasing number of examples.

The story concerns a classic country house murder mystery. The subject of a surprise birthday party gets a different sort of surprise as he is shot dead on arrival. But by whom? All the suspects are played by Jeremy Legat, running around the set, grabbing props as he goes, to become anything from a ballerina to a choir of three nine year old boys. Ed MacArthur is the detective, desperately trying to corral all these characters so he can follow his protocol for solving the case and show his boss he’s ready for promotion. 

In a breathtaking display of energy and skill the pair also play the piano, sing and dance, for this is a musical. And although it’s on a small scale – the two actors are the entire cast and band – it has the style and panache of a full-scale Broadway show. Knowing nods and winks to various Broadway tropes are heavily signposted with references to doing ‘my big number’ and ‘the friendship song’. It’s all huge fun and the musical numbers are tuneful and even catchy.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

REVIEW: Miss Leading Ladies at the St. James Studio Theatre

This wonderfully funny show takes a nostalgic look at some of the greatest ladies to have graced the stage and screen.

As the audience steps into the studio, they are immediately transported into what spears to be a smoky jazz club, helping the audience to get in the mood for what they were about to see. But it also allows them to focus on brother and sister duo Ceri Dupree and Ria Jones constantly without ever losing our attention.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Frances Ruffelle to perform PARIS ORIGINAL at the St. James Studio

Frances Ruffelle is a real original in any language and any city, but don’t miss her adopt Paris as home’ Mark Shenton

The St. James Studio is delighted to welcome Tony Award winning actress and performer Frances Ruffelleto its stage for the first time, performing Paris Original, from Wednesday 01 to Friday 03 October 2014. The show is devised by Matt Ryan and Frances Ruffelle and produced by Danielle Tarento

Frances Ruffelle’s last solo show in New York was named one of Playbill’s ‘Unforgettable Theatre Experiences of 2013’. Now the Tony Award winning actress will perform Paris Original, a sell out at the Crazy Coqs in 2013, before taking the show to New York. Most well-known for developing the iconic role of Eponine in Les MisĂ©rables, Frances will be treating audiences to a previously unheard song which was cut from the show; Schönberg’s original song for Eponine 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

CELIA IMRIE one woman show, Laughing Matters, come to St. James Studio

A shining star in her weird and wonderful new cabaret act…’ Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage

The St. James Studio is eagerly anticipating Celia Imrie’s one woman cabaret/ revue show, Laughing Matters, running from Wednesday 13 – Sunday 17 August 2014. The show is directed by Fidelis Morgan with Andy Massey as Musical Director and on piano. Press are invited to attend the performance on Wednesday 13 or Thursday 14 August.Laughing Matters first ran at the Crazy Coqs in September 2013 and has been revised and updated for its St. James Studio run.


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

ST. JAMES STUDIO Theatre Programme Announced

The St. James Studio will continue to present its successful lunchtime theatre programme, with both Bite-Size Theatre and Butterfly returning to the studio to provide the workers of Victoria some respite from the daily grind. The evening programme includes a ‘copyright free’ Doctor Who musical, I Need A Doctor: The Whosical, the critically acclaimed stand-up comedy adaptation of the infamousTristram Shandy and the remarkable and tragic story of Mata Hari, the famous WW1 concubine who was tried and sentenced to death by firing squad on charges of espionage.

Monday 19 – Friday 23 May at 1pm
£8 in advance/£10 on the door

Lunchtime Fourplay 2, another refreshing lunchtime experience from Bite-Size Plays. Eat and enjoy a selection of plays from the ‘vintage menu’ and comedies from the critically acclaimed international touring show, Bite-Size Comedies A La Carte.

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