MATT FORD C A B A RE T COOF ME DY OUS HOUR Satirical S M US I C T H E AT RE
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1st to 8th
CITY STORIES Thursday 1 May & Friday 2 May £15 / £17.50 Returning by popular demand, City Stories is a new type of cabaret drama, a sequence of interwoven love stories and a love letter to London. Written and directed by award winning playwright James Phillips and with original music composed by singer-songwriter Rosabella Gregory, City Stories is a magical journey through a magical city. “Rosabella Gregory’s lyrics seem almost to give London itself a voice.. Raw, informal and quietly profound. This surprising evening of London stories for our times, linked through musical interludes, addresses the big questions of life.” One Stop Arts These first two shows are part of an expanding residency at St. James Studio from the City Stories Company. The performances will feature special guest singers. Long term City Stories company members who will feature during the residency include Gary Kemp, Sally Dexter, Scott Handy, Louisa Clein, Karina Fernandez, Daphne Alexander and Sarah Quintrell.
CHARLIE PARKER ON DIAL Saturday 3 May £15 / £17.50 Alex Webb tells the story of the most creative years of the jazz legend’s life – 1946-47 - with the brilliant alto-saxist Nathaniel Facey and some of the UK’s finest young jazz musicians. “Good script, good concept, fantastic music.” London Jazz News
LOVE FOR SALE Tuesday 6 May £15 / £17.50 Raise a glass to the reckless and brokenhearted in an evening of 1930s cabaret. Join Kelly Burke and Tom Wakeley straight from their sell-out run at Wilton’s Music Hall as they celebrate the music of Kurt Weill and his contemporaries. “Intoxicating” The Stage “Outstanding” WhatsOnStage “Spellbinding” Spoonfed
JASON REBELLO Wednesday 7 May £20 / £25 An evening with the award winning Jazz pianist Jason Rebello. From The Beatles ‘Blackbird’, Schubert, Art Tatum, Errol Garner to Jason’s original compositions interspersed with chat about his touring and recording days with Sting, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Corbett, Madeline Peyroux… “Rebello proves that music can be entertaining and sophisticated” Ian Patterson
ZAZU Thursday 8 May £12.50 / £15 zazU comedy (and friends) presents an evening of musical, sketch and stand up comedy. Hosted by Jack Rooke (Soho Theatre Comedy Lab 2014 and associate artist at the Roundhouse) featuring the hilarious word of mouth hit, Tom Bell and 5 star sketch show Lead Pencil: zazU will take you to the strangest corners of their world and back again. “Surreal, anarchic and smart” Live Theatre
FOOD @ ST. JAMES A selection of light bites will be available in the Studio or alternatively complete your night by booking a pre show meal in our award-winning Carrara restaurant.
LONDON F E ST I VAL O F CABA R E T JULIE ATHERTON - TEMPTING FATE Friday 9 May £20 / £25 At two sold out shows in December, Julie Atherton delighted audiences with a mix of brand new songs and fan favourites. Now Julie returns to the St. James Studio direct from originating the title role in Thérèse Raquin, the new musical by Craig Adams and Nona Shepphard based on the classic Emile Zola novel. With MD Joe Louis Robinson leading the band again, and a new set list that includes songs from her forthcoming album, you can expect Julie Atherton – Tempting Fate to be standing room only again! “I’ve previously boldly dubbed her the Queen of new musical theatre writing in the UK, and it’s true.” Mark Shenton
SATURDAY JAZZ DIVAS: GABRIELLE DUCOMBLE Saturday 10 May £16.50 / £19 With a special blend of Gallic charm & sophistication, Gabrielle’s vocals and emotional punch bring a fresh jazz interpretation to iconic music, supported by a stunning accordion, violin, guitar, bass & drums ensemble from her new album Notes from Paris. “Gabrielle makes a unique contribution to the jazz scene, haunting the listener’s imagination” London Jazz News Part of the Saturday Jazz Divas series at St. James Studio
DAVID BEDELLA AND FRIENDS - PRIMETIME! Sunday 11 May £20 / £25 | 7pm Olivier Award winner David Bedella, hosts a sophisticated evening of laughter, song, gossip & chat: featuring a live band and his many celebrity friends from the worlds of film, television, Broadway and the West End, including DOUGLAS HODGE.
FASCINATING AÏDA (Main house) Sunday 11 May £25 / £35 | 3pm & 7.30pm Following a sold-out 2013 tour, three Olivier Award nominations and over 10 million YouTube hits for Cheap Flights (their infamous anthem to budget air travel), Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman continue to celebrate over 30 years of Fascinating Aïda with their terrific new show Charm Offensive. Expect topical new songs hot off the press, plus some outrageous old favourites, as Fascinating Aïda continue to grow old disgracefully!
HHHHH “Cabaret Heaven.” Metro HHHHH “I can’t recommend this show highly enough.” Mail on Sunday
JULIE MADLY DEEPLY Tuesday 13 May £20 / £25 Adored by millions, Dame Julie Andrews is a genuine showbiz legend. This charming yet cheeky cabaret takes an engaging look at fame and fandom, through the eyes and voice of award-winning singer & West End actress star Sarah-Louise Young accompanied by MD Michael Roulston.
HHHH “Even your critic found herself, unprecedentedly, singing along. My cheeks hurt with smiling.” Daily Telegraph
RODGERS REVEALED Wednesday 14 May £20 / £25 Through an informal mix of chat and song, Richard Rodgers aficionados Jason Carr and Edward Seckerson and TMA winner & Olivier Award nominee Anna Francolini celebrate arguably the greatest and most versatile melodist of them all. With a choice of more than 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals!
*Drink choice is from 175ml glass of house white/red wine, peroni or a soft drink. Please call the Box Office to book - a limited amount of meal deals are available per show.
LONDON F E ST I VAL O F CABA R E T ROULSTON & YOUNG: TWO FACED Thursday 15 May £15 / £20 Award-winning musical comedy from the creators of Julie Madly Deeply, Songs For Cynics and Cabaret Whore. SarahLouise Young (Fascinating Aïda, The Showstoppers) and Michael Roulston (Black Cat Cabaret, Dusty Limits) present a delightful evening of original comic songs.
HHHH “The lyrics are sparkling, clever and deliciously witty” Scotsman
ALISON JIEAR: IN YOUR EYES Friday 16 May - 8pm Sunday 18 May - 7pm £25 / £30 Alison Jiear (Jerry Springer the Opera) and The Clive Dunstall trio revisit her remarkable sell-out show from Pizza on the Park (with a few extra musical twists) especially for the LFOC. “As nights out in the capital go, it’s difficult to beat an excursion to be serenaded by the superlatively talented Australian cabaret singer Alison Jiear…a gentler exposition of nuanced vocal work and equally note-perfect comic delivery. An all-over massage for the soul” Theo Bosanquet, WhatsOnStage
THE LIBERATION OF COLETTE SIMPLE Thursday 22 May £14 / £16 | 6.30pm & 8.30pm The Liberation of Colette Simple is an enticing blend of cabaret and music theatre inspired by Tennessee Williams’ one-act play ‘The Case of the Crushed Petunias’. Eight top writers (including Robert Holman, , Desmond O’Connor, Adam Meggido , Amy Rosenthal) have reinterpreted Williams’ distinctive style into songs boldly scored by Vincent Guibert, a 21st Century Kurt Weill and featuring new cabaret sensation, Nathalie Carrington and actor Adam Byron. As a five piece band let rip we watch the story of a small town woman and her extraordinary liberation in a magic realist world. “There’s a performance of knockout modesty from Nathalie Carrington,…somebody should cast her quickly as a star” Guardian
17th to 23rd
AMERICA’S SWEETHEART, HEIDI-MARIE FERREN & THE SWINGING DENMARK STREET BIG BAND Saturday 17 May £17.50 / £20 Join America’s Sweetheart, the incredibly talented Heidi-Marie Ferren and the electrifying Denmark Street Big Band as they swing and sing hits from the Big Band era and beyond. “Ms. Ferren is a remarkable talent, and a pleasure to watch.” FOX Television Network
SUNDAY IN THE APARTMENT Sunday 18 May £25 | 2pm Host Nick Hardcastle introduces some of the most exciting emerging and established Australian Artists in the UK. Sunday in the Apartment is presented by Australian Business with the support of the Australia Day Foundation.
BITE-SIZE – LUNCHTIME FOURPLAY 2 Monday 19 May – Friday 23 May £8 / £10 on the door | 1pm Another refreshing lunchtime experience from Bite-Size Plays Lunchtime Fourplay 2. Eat and enjoy a selection of plays from our Vintage Menu (a vintage clothing habit leaves a couple stuck in the 1940’s ) and comedies from our press acclaimed International touring show - Bite-Size Comedies A La Carte.
HHHHH “A sure-fire pick-me-up!” WhatsOnStage
SAM HARRISON: BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH Monday 19 May £15 / £17.50 Harrison and Brady try to clear a path through the messiness of growing up whilst clutching the American songbook, 80s pop and some Sondheim with joy, tenderness and a wry smile. “[An] effortlessly beautiful voice … He sings with such honesty and conviction that you can’t help but want to hear more of him.” Official Theatre
M AY - J U N E 23rd - 1st
JAY SCOTT & THE FIND Friday 23 May £12.50 / £15 Infectious indie rock, powerfully pretty pop songs, and a live show that has earned the boys a loyal fan base in the UK and abroad. Steve Power - no stranger to hit records; with more than 40 million sold - has said “It’s a long time since anyone brought me an unsigned band with a first album of greatest hits”.
SATURDAY JAZZ DIVA: JACQUI DANKWORTH Saturday 24 May £16.50 / £19 An evening with a stylish jazz virtuoso whose accomplished concert appearances & recordings reveal an effortless mastery of musical genres, with folk, soul & blues influences, accompanied by the Memphis style piano of Charlie Wood. “Jacqui has a voluptuous tonal richness that makes almost any material sound special” Guardian Part of the Saturday Jazz Divas series at St. James Studio
I NEED A DOCTOR: THE WHOSICAL Sunday 25 May - 4pm & 6.30pm Monday 26 May - 2.30pm & 5pm Tuesday 27 May - 5.30pm & 8pm £15 / £17 How do you write a ‘doctor who’ musical without getting shut down by the BBC? Watch as our heroes battle with copyright-free villains the ‘Exterminators’ and ‘Cyber-Gents’ in this award-winning musical comedy hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2013. HHHH “has the audiences howling with laughter” Broadway Baby
“astute and entertaining” Edinburgh Evening News
“The St. James Studio is absolutely my favourite cabaret venue in London” Mark Shenton
THE POLITICAL PARTY with Matt Forde & Maajid Nawaz Wednesday 28 May | £12.50 / £15 Matt Forde hosts a comedy night combining topical stand-up and a big interview with a political heavyweight. An unashamed politics fan, Matt hosted his own show on talkSPORT, and has appeared on Have I Got News For You (BBC1), The News Quiz (Radio 4). Previous guests have included Jack Straw, George Galloway, Nigel Farage, Charles Clarke, Alistair Campbell to name but a few. “Forde is a first-class comic” Guardian
DANIEL CAINER’S JEWISH CHRONICLES Thursday 29 May | £15 / £17.50 Stories-in-song of feuding tailors, a Jew who joins a Christian cult, a cocaineaddicted rabbi and more - written and performed by a master songwriter. Winner of the ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award in Edinburgh 2013 and rave reviews, this is a funny, charming, 5 Star show. “An extraordinary performer” Edinburgh Festivals Guide
AFTERPARTY Friday 30 May | £19.50 / £22.50 The Shard’s Choir of the Year, AfterParty is a cappella like you’ve never heard it before. The very best a cappella singers and beatboxers from across the UK perform music, from Simon & Garfunkel to Whitney Houston and much more. With lightning-quick mashups, rich vocals, polished choreography and awe-inspiring vocal percussion, this is not to be missed! “Absolutely out of this world” Ken Burton from BBC - The Choir
PICTURE PERFECT: A New Musical Saturday 31 May - 4pm & 8pm Sunday 1 June - 3pm & 7pm £25 / £30 Helen Hobson and Lucie Jones star in the World premiere of Picture Perfect: A New Musical, a contemporary musical song-cycle that explores love and relationships in a seemingly ‘picture perfect’ family set up. However, when the head of the family strays away for a 22 year old, all may not be as perfect as it first seems. Directed by Simon Greiff and musically directed by Colin Billing.
2nd to 15th
CALIFORNIA SUITE PART 1 Monday 2 June – Friday 6 June £8 / £10 on the door | 12pm & 1pm Butterfly bring you award winning Neil Simon’s riotous comedy California Suite. Following the misadventures of four groups of guests who’ve checked into the swanky Beverley Hills Hotel. Same room, different dilemmas. California Suite Part 1 A divorced couple – separated by land, joined by their daughter, stuck together in room 203. Who will come out on top in this battle of the wits? A man wakes up next to a hooker with his wife knocking at the door. What will be uncovered?
BENET MCLEAN Wednesday 4 June £12.50 / £15 A master showman, fusing the American Jazz tradition with the ever changing cutting edge of the London Urban scene. Benet McLean through sheer craftsmanship and passion will take you one step ahead of the game. “Fast-rising young pianist BENET McLEAN has a piano technique that seems to bring Art Tatum’s music into the 21st century, drawing on classical music, postbop, hip-hop & beyond.” Guardian
CANNED CLARY Thursday 5 June – Friday 6 June Thursday 3 July - Friday 4 July £19.50 / £22.50 Following eight sold out shows here in March, Julian Clary, much-loved purveyor of camp old nonsense and genteel filth, toured Australia, leaving many straight men looking deep inside themselves. Now Julian is back with four even more daringly intimate soirées. He will again be joined by guests such as June Whitfield and Boy George. “You’ll be wondering if I can top Boy George” Julian quips, “but that is a private matter.”
SATURDAY JAZZ DIVA: GEORGIA MANCIO Saturday 7 June £16.50 / £19 Georgia is an award winning, original & inventive singer who with Mark Crooks, John Pearce, Colin Oxley, Dave Chamberlin & Dave Ohm, presents her Salute to Jobim, the remarkable Bossa Nova maestro and Brazilian writer of “Desafinado” & “The Girl from Ipanema”. “A performer of character, conviction & relaxed virtuosity” Guardian Part of the Saturday Jazz Divas series at St. James Studio
TRISTRAM SHANDY: CONCEPTION, COCK & BULL Tuesday 10 June - Saturday 14 June £17.50 / £22.50 | 7.45pm By Laurence Sterne Adapted and performed by Stephen Oxley Stephen Oxley plays 18th century raconteur Tristram Shandy in an acclaimed 21st century stand-up adaptation of the famous novel by Laurence Sterne. With all the wit, digressive humour and bawdy of the original, Tristram regales his audience with tales of his own conception and birth, his domineering, opinionated father and the love affair of Toby, his gentle, battle-reenacting Uncle with the voluptuous Widow Wadman. Laurence Sterne’s ground-breaking literary creation is brought vividly to life: “I will lay open a story to the World you little dream of.” “A virtuoso performance by Stephen Oxley” Scotsman “An extraordinary reincarnation of the author and his characters” Independent
“Hilarious – the first stand up comic in English Literature” Sunday Express
BERKOFF’S WOMEN Sunday 15 June £17.50 / £22.50 | 7pm Out of her unique association with Steven Berkoff, Linda Marlowe presents, Berkoff’s Women, a theatrical exploration of sensuality, revenge, pathos, heart-breaking loneliness and riotous humour. “When she spreads her arms, she embraces the world. Her voice is an instrument of silk and seduction, frayed at the edges and pickled in port” Daily Mail
16th to 24th
CALIFORNIA SUITE PART 2 Monday 16 June – Friday 20 June £8 / £10 on the door | 12pm & 1pm Butterfly bring you award winning Neil Simon’s riotous comedy California Suite. Following the misadventures of four groups of guests who’ve checked into the swanky Beverley Hills Hotel. Same room, different dilemmas. California Suite part 2 A British Oscar nominee and her wayward husband prepare for the ceremony. What will come out in the big speech? Two bickering couples on their last stop of their holiday from hell. Is it game, set and match for these mixed doubles?
MATA HARI Tuesday 17 June £15 / £17.50 Based on verbatim letters and interviews, this illumination of a legendary woman facing execution, is interspersed with songs and dance by South African born, Londonbased cabaret performer Aletia Upstairs.
HHHHH “This is one of those little
Edinburgh Fringe gems… Upstairs is joyful, sulky, sexy and seductive as Mata Hari. Do go and see this if you can.” ScotsGay
MARCEL LUCONT’S CABARET FANTASTIQUE Thursday 19 June £20 / £25 Marcel Lucont (winner: Fringe World Award for Best Comedy 2013) presents another of his legendary soirées featuring the best in international cabaret.
HHHHH “No night is the same but every one is a delight... A perfect night out” AdelaideNow
MARK LLEWELYN EVANS – “THE BARITONE” Friday 20 June £25 / £27.50 A true entertainer who captivates all his audiences; from intimate performances to concert halls. They love his stage presence, funny stories, expansive repertoire and stunningly powerful voice… classically trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio in London. Mark’s performances include both classical and popular songs from his albums, musical hits of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, scores from the movies, and intimate Celtic ballads. “A natural comedian bursting with presence with a powerful, solid voice… a complete star” New York Times
SATURDAY JAZZ DIVA: TINA MAY Saturday 21 June £16.50 / £19 One of the world’s most in demand jazz artists, Tina’s creative invention & wonderful improvisation skills combine with her all embracing, engaging & joyful personality, accompanied by the Chris Ingham trio, to ensure a delightfully happy, toe tapping, finger clicking evening. “She has innate command of phrasing & timing plus and irresistible vocal sound where every performance is an object lesson” The Rag
CHRISTINE BOVILL’S PARIS Sunday 22 June £20 / £25 Christine Bovill celebrates the Golden Age of French Song (Piaf, Trenet, Aznavour, Brel…) She will beckon you into her Parisian scented twilight world of yesteryear and bathe you in dark velvet tones of old Montmartre. “Stops you in your tracks and sends shivers down your spine. One of those moments when you hear something that will stay with you for the rest of your life.” Sunday Times
J U N E - J U LY 25th - 1st
DOUG ANDERSON: MAN WANTED Tuesday 24 June £15 / £17.50 Everyone wants to be wanted and this intimate cabaret show featuring Doug Anderson delivers! MAN WANTED weaves Doug’s personal reflections on dating against a tapestry of hilarious and thoughtful song. An insightful show for anyone who has ever embarked in the pursuit of finding ‘Mister Right’ or at least ‘Mister Right Now’.
THE POLITICAL PARTY with Matt Forde & Sir Alan Haselhurst Wednesday 25 June £12.50 / £15 Matt Forde hosts a comedy night combining topical stand-up and a big interview with a political heavyweight. An unashamed politics fan, Matt hosted his own show on talkSPORT, and has appeared on Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), The News Quiz and The Now Show (Radio 4). The Political Party podcast is regularly in the Top 10 comedy podcasts on iTunes with over 30,000 subscribers. Previous guests have included Jack Straw, George Galloway, Nigel Farage, Charles Clarke, Alistair Campbell to name but a few. “Forde is a first-class comic” Guardian
TINA C: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Thursday 26 June £15 / £17.50 Your favourite country music singer is back. She’s intrigued by the Commonwealth. Is it just the British Empire after a focus group? Why do they play Games? Tina’s investigating! As heard on BBC Radio 4. Political satire, pretty songs, & the best legs in the business. “Christopher Green’s Tina C is one of the creat comic creations” Stephen Fry
“Tina rushes in where even Borat would fear to tread” The Australian
REUBEN RICHARDS & THE SOUL TRAIN Friday 27 June £20 / £25 Drawing on a wide sphere of influences, with musical nods to Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Otis Redding, and performing with his cutting edge six piece line-up, expect a potent blend of Gospel tinged, Memphis influenced, Blues, Soul and R&B. “Reuben’s vocal ability is outstanding, reminiscent of Sam Cooke and Ray Charles” Blues Matters Magazine
FINGERSNAP Saturday 28 June £20 / £25 Fingersnap is the creative coupling of artist David McAlmont and musical tour de force Guy Davies. They return to the St. James for the third time following 2 previous sellouts. Their music is pure emotion, drawing unique, soulful portraits from their own lives and philosophies, all beautifully framed by the finest soul. “Smoldering, Mesmerising & Magical” Evening Standard
TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY Monday 30 June - Tuesday 1 July £15 / £17.50 The evergreen songs from Jerome Kern, with lyrics by some of the greatest in this field - P.G.Wodehouse, Oscar Hammerstein, Dorothy Fields, Johnny Mercer & Ira Gershwin, brought to you by the Royal Academy of Music Musical Theatre Company, directed by George Hall, with musical direction by Tom Brady.
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MASTERCLASSES ACTING THROUGH SONG MASTERCLASS WITH ROSALIE CRAIG Saturday 3 May | 10.30am-4pm £65 Participant/ £35 Observer The Acting Network brings you an intensive workshop focusing on finding the truth in a song, where participants will work through a piece of their choice. Rosalie Craig comes to us fresh from The Light Princess at the National Theatre, where she won an Evening Standard award and has been nominated for this years Olivier Awards.
AUDITION TECHNIQUE MASTERCLASS WITH GREG BARNETT Saturday 17 May | 10.30am-4pm £65 Participant/ £35 Observer The Acting Network brings you an intensive workshop focusing on everything you need to get the most out of your auditions for theatre, lead by the acting network’s cofounder. Participants will be sent a scene to work on and are also asked to bring a monologue. Greg has worked with top directors across the UK and taught at many of the top drama schools.
ACTING THROUGH SONG MASTERCLASS WITH HADLEY FRASER Saturday 7 June | 10.30am-4pm £65 Participant/ £35 Observer The Acting Network brings you an intensive workshop focusing on finding the truth in a song where participants will work through a piece of their choice. Hadley is one of the country’s top theatre actors. His credits include 25th anniversary concerts of Les Mis and Phantom and Aufidius in the Donmar Theatre production of Coriolanus.
SPEAKING SHAKESPEARE MASTERCLASS WITH GILES TAYLOR Saturday 14 June | 10.30am-1pm £40 Participant/ £25 Observer The Acting Network brings you an intensive workshop focusing on speaking Shakespeare with clarity and ease. Giles is one of the country’s leading experts on Speaking Shakespeare. His credits include numerous plays with the RSC and the National Theatre, as well as teaching at a number of the leading drama schools.
PHYSICAL THEATRE MASTERCLASS WITH PETER CAULFIELD Saturday 21 June | 10.30am-4pm £65 Participant/ £35 Observer The Acting Network brings you an intensive workshop focusing on creating a physical character from scratch. Participants will learn the layers needed to be able to portray a character with complete truth & believability. Peter joins us from the West End production of One Man Two Guvnors as Alfie, having also worked at The National, The Donmar, The Old Vic and the Royal Opera House.
PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP: THE POLITICAL AND THE PERSONAL Saturday 26 June 10.30am-1.30pm £35 / £30 How do you write a political view into a character in a play? Can you write another character with an opposing view? In our heightened political climate, would your very individual views suit a drama or a farce. This practical workshop will look at political writing, and how the political is written into characters, setting and plot. Tutor: Phil Setren, Artistic Director, London New Play Festival
PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS Saturday 26 June | 2pm-5pm £35 / £30 Are you new to playwriting, but think you might have an idea for a new play? Would you like to try a bit of writing, and see where it takes you? Learn the basics of setting, dialogue and character in a practical workshop that can help you get started. Tutor: Phil Setren, Artistic Director, London New Play Festival
SPEAKING SHAKESPEARE MASTERCLASS WITH SAM BARNETT Saturday 19 July | 10.30am-4pm £65 Participant/ £35 Observer The Acting Network brings you an intensive workshop focusing on speaking Shakespeare with clarity and ease. Sam recently returned from Broadway, playing Queen Elizabeth and Viola in the all male casts of Richard III & Twelfth Night. He has been nominated for Evening Standard, Tony and Olivier Awards, won two Whatsonstage awards & a Drama Desk award. Please note: Due to the nature of employing working actors, the workshop leaders may be subject to change at any time. We will always replace them with someone of equal ability and you will be offered the opportunity to transfer to an alternative workshop if space allows.
COMING SOON... Keep an eye on our website for updates on the following shows.
WARTIME WOMEN: THE KHAKI CABARET
Performed by Fiona-Jane Weston
Wednesday 2 July £20 / £25 What did Mummy do in the War? Things she’d never done before! Fiona-Jane Weston’s moving, humorous show with song, verse and diary extracts of the time when ‘ordinary’ women became pilots, mechanics and spies for the first time. “Weston had the audience in the palm of her hand...” Cabaret Scenes
MARI SINGS DUSTY Saturday 5 July £20 / £25 Am I the same Girl – Mari Sings Dusty Mari was the obvious choice to play Dusty Springfield on the hugely successful national tour, Dusty the Musical. Tonight Mari pays homage to Dusty with her unique interpretations of the classic hits, along with some lesser-known gems. “Wilson’s voice is just absolutely divine...She is a storyteller as well as a singer” Catherine Balavage, Frost Magazine
WILDE WEEK It is extraordinary to think that only 15 weeks after the opening of Oscar Wilde’s most famous play The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde was in jail. During Wilde Week, we present you with a 45 minute condensed version of this most celebrated of plays, and three new productions which dramatically recount Wilde’s swift and painful fall from grace, and subsequent imprisonment.
IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Monday 7 July - Friday 11 July Lunchtime & Early Evening Theatre 1pm & 6.15pm | £8 / £10 One year on from their St James debut, Butterfly return for Wilde Week with this timeless comedy masterpiece.
WILDE WITHOUT THE BOY Tuesday 8 July - Wednesday 9 July £15 / £17.50* | 8pm
“Wilde Without the Boy” is a stirring dramatisation of “De Profundis”, the letter Oscar Wilde wrote from his prison cell in Reading gaol to his lover, Lord Alfred
THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL Tuesday 8 July - Wednesday 9 July £10/£12.50* | 9.30pm
Written by Oscar Wilde after his release from Reading Gaol, The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a poem which narrates the execution of Charles Thomas Wooldridge, who was convicted of murdering his wife.
THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE Thursday 10 July - Saturday 12 July £15 / £17.50 | 8pm A fascinating dramatisation of the libel and criminal trials of Oscar Wilde at the Old Bailey in 1895. Based on the original words spoken in court, we can feel what it was like to be in the company of a flawed genius – as this less than ideal husband was suddenly reduced to a man of no importance.
THE LION Wednesday 18 August – Sunday 7 September See website for further details Written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer Directed by Sean Daniels One man, six guitars and an incredible story of love, loss and survival. Direct from an off-Broadway season at the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Cole Porter award-winner Benjamin Scheuer returns to the studio with his brilliant solo musical show. “A sincerely gifted singer-songwriter-guitarist.” Donald Hutera, The Times
QUENTIN CRISP: NAKED HOPE See website for further details This new solo shows the late, great Englishman in New York, and London. Drawing on Quentin’s own writing in this new script by Mark Farrelly, who also performs. Directed by Linda Marlowe. “Mark Farrelly combines extrovert charm, effete self-possession and waspish intelligence.” Daily Telegraph
H OW TO F I N D U S
BY TUBE The nearest tube is Victoria. We are situated within a 5 minute walk of the station.
NATIONAL RAIL Victoria Station is less than 5 minutes walk from the theatre.
PARKING Free parking after 6.30pm is available in nearby streets.
BY BUS Routes 16, 38, 52, 73, 42, 148 all pass by near the theatre.
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