St. James Theatre announces its first season
St. James Theatre, the first newly-built theatre complex in central London in 30 years, will open to the public in early August 2012, rising from the site of the former Westminster Theatre at 12 Palace Street in the heart of Victoria. The first season of work has been announced.
The season will open with Bully Boy on 18 September, a play that tackles the challenging moral issues of contemporary military occupation and its effect on the mental health of serving soldiers, written by Danish/British comedienne and BBC radio regular presenter Sandi Toksvig. Bully Boy stars Anthony Andrews, who received worldwide recognition for his portrayal of the doomed Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited for which he won the British Academy Award (BAFTA) in the UK, the Golden Globe award in the USA and an Emmy nomination for Best Actor. Anthony’s most recently played Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in 2012’s The King’s Speech.
The season will continue with Daddy Long Legs on 31 October, a new musical romance from the Tony and Olivier Award-winning co-director of Les Miserables, Paul Gordon. Set in the early 1900s in New England, Daddy Long Legs is the account of a young orphan as she blossoms into a beautiful, intelligent and vivacious woman. The show has been praised for its beauty, depth of feeling and magnificent musical score; it is currently touring the US and won more awards than any other musical at last year’s Ovation Awards in Los Angeles.
And then in time for Christmas, a modern interpretation of Cinderella will show from 12 December. Next year will begin with Our Country’s Good, set in Australia, 1789, which traces the story of the first play ever to be staged in Australia, which was performed by a cast of convicts.
Tickets for all productions in the season are on sale from 29 June 2012.
For more information visit www.stjamestheatre.co.uk
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