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The Other Palace

The Other Palace
St James Theatre, Palace Street.jpg
The building in 2012, as St James Theatre
AddressPalace Street
London, SW1
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°29′55″N 0°08′27″W / 51.49857°N 0.14091°W / 51.49857; -0.14091
Public transitLondon Underground National Rail Victoria
OperatorReally Useful Theatres Group
TypeOff West End theatre
CapacityMain stage: 312
Studio theatre: 120
Opened18 September 2012; 7 years ago (2012-09-18)
ArchitectFoster Wilson Architects

The Other Palace is a theatre in London's Off West End which opened on 18 September 2012 as the St. James Theatre.[1] It features a 312-seat main theatre and a 120-seat studio theatre.[2] It was built on the site of the former Westminster Theatre, which was damaged by a fire in 2002 and subsequently demolished.[3] It was acquired by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres Group in 2016, and given its new name.[4]

Described as "the first newly built theatre complex in central London for 30 years",[2] the building was designed by Foster Wilson Architects.[5] The theatre began its debut season in September 2012 with the London premiere of Sandi Toksvig's Bully Boy.[1]

After its acquisition by Really Useful Theatres Group, Paul Taylor Mills was appointed as the new artistic director, with a programme intended to develop new musicals. The name change became official in February 2017.[4]

External links


  1. ^ a b "St James Theatre in London's West End opens". BBC News. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b "About the St. James Theatre". St James Theatre. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  3. ^ Alistair Smith (6 May 2009). "New plans to breathe life into Westminster Theatre". The Stage. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b "St. James Theatre becomes The Other Palace". Really Useful Group. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Project: St James Theatre, Westminster". Foster Wilson Architects. Retrieved 23 December 2013.