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#11 Reich

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:13 PM

View Postxanderl, on 10 April 2012 - 06:02 PM, said:

First confirmed production is "Our Country's Good" from January to March, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, which should be interesting for those who saw "The Recruiting Officer"! Tour of this starts at Bolton in September.http://www.whatsonstage.com/news/theatre/london/E8831334063769/Max+Stafford-Clark+revives+Our+Country%27s+Good%2C+first+show+confirmed+for+new+St+James+Theatre.htmlPresumably at least one more show to be announced before that as the theatre opens in September: check those touring schedules and start guessing!

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:16 PM

Snooze. I hope the opening production sounds more interesting then this one ...

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:08 AM

View PostReich, on 10 April 2012 - 09:16 PM, said:

Snooze. I hope the opening production sounds more interesting then this one ...

I thought Our Country's Good was great when I saw the original production. Though it did have Jim Broadbent which always helps...

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:20 PM

Whatever the production, I think the new theatre is going to be great, having viewed the building works last month. Permanently (in concrete) well raked auditorium, with comfortable tip-up seats (with armrests) should ensure good views throughout and none of the basic shove-up-please with a bar-in-your-back bench seats which mar many of the off-West End venues. I am sure, though I can't promise (as not yet installed) that there will be sufficient WC's.

Reservations concern the stage - lack of wing space and flying may limit what can be brought in from the regions.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:14 PM

So this is another production of Our Country's Good as opposed to the one that is/has just finished touring the country with Aden Gillett?  Is that really needed?  Play wasn't great and didn't seem to be packing them in when I saw it in Kingston.
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 02:13 PM

Another new theatre! The Nimax, on the site where the Astoria was.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...london-17783420
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:18 PM

The new theater's blog has a behind the scenes video of the current state of the theatre (and some shots which I guess are computer generated images of the design)
Looks nice! Didn't realise there was a studio theatre there as well as the main auditorium.

http://stjamestheatre.wordpress.com/

Also a peek inside the loos - the gents at any rate. At least two urinals and 3 cubicles. Not sure about the ladies, maybe they've decided not to bother - you can all pop down to Victoria Station ;)

I see the season was supposed to be announced today, presume they have delayed it to avoid getting buried in Grandagemania.
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:11 PM

I assume the name comes from its location, but it is also the name of a very famous Broadway Theatre

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:59 PM

View PostMinsky, on 17 June 2012 - 04:11 PM, said:

I assume the name comes from its location, but it is also the name of a very famous Broadway Theatre

The Westminster Theatre, which used to be on this site, was originally called the St. James Picture Theatre (long before its Broadway namesake which was opened as the Erlanger Theater and was renamed c1930).

There was also a St James's Theatre in King Street London from around 1835 until it was demolished in 1957 (after a major battle to save it led by Vivienne Leigh and Laurence Olivier - who at one time managed the theatre).
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#20 Mark_E

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 05:18 PM

Surely holding off the opening season announcement anymore is going to start having a negative effect?




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