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Rent the Musical – St James Theatre

Rent the Musical continues at the St James Theatre, London until 28 January 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Each generation of theatre lovers has a show that marks an iconic cultural phenomenon for that decade and while Rent might represent this for the 1990s, its timelessness has once again reunited all ‘Rentheads’ […]

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Interview – Bruce Guthrie directs anniversary staging of Rent

After a limited season at Theatr Clywd in Mold, the 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Larson’s innovative American musical Rent has embarked on a three-week tour prior to a Christmas season at London’s St James Theatre where it has already broken box office records. Below, Musical Theatre Review contributor Rebecca Gordon chats to director BRUCE GUTHRIE about his new production of the […]

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The Last Five Years – St James Theatre

The Last Five Years continues at the St James Theatre, London until 3 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The songs from Jason Robert Brown’s high concept musical The Last Five Years have become so popular amongst performers that the show has a tendency to become a collection of audition songs […]

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An Evening of Webborn and Finn to play St James Theatre

The work of new British musical theatre partnership Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn will be celebrated in a special concert at the St James Theatre on Sunday 20 November. An Evening of Webborn & Finn will feature songs from the duo’s well-received 2015 musical The Clockmaker’s Daughter, material from their second show, Animus, and a […]

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Angel to Vampire! – St James Studio

Angel to Vampire! at St James Studio, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Studio spaces, like the immaculately presented compact and bijou basement at the St James Theatre, can be a double-edged sword – creating an instant fruitful intimacy for performers when things go well, but also placing them under a audience’s […]

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Rent – images and video of the 20th anniversary production

Rehearsal images and video have been released of the 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Larson’s innovative American musical Rent ahead of its launch in Wales. The show, which will be directed by Bruce Guthrie, will play a limited season at Theatr Clywd in Mold from 21 October until 12 November before embarking on a three-week tour prior to a […]

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The Wild Party – Drew McOnie directs – Frances Ruffelle stars

Award-winners Drew McOnie and Frances Ruffelle will join forces for the first major London production of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party at The Other Palace early next year. Formerly the St James Theatre, the newest addition to The Really Useful Theatres Group will mark its debut as a new home for musical theatre with […]

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Exposure the Musical – Life Through a Lens – St James Theatre

Exposure the Musical – Life Through a Lens continues at the St James Theatre, London until 27 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ As James Albrecht, creative director of the St James Theatre puts it: “For many creators, the object of their creativity can be described as ‘a labour of love’.” This […]

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NYMT’s Prodigy – original cast recording released

Auburn Jam Records and National Youth Music Theatre have released the original cast recording of Prodigy, the new musical from Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary, commissioned and developed by NYMT for its premiere production at the St James Theatre in August 2015. The recording is released today (Monday 25 July), with CDs available at http://prodigy.auburnjam.co.uk, and digital […]

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Jason Robert Brown to direct his The Last Five Years at St James Theatre

Multi-award winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will direct a new London production of his acclaimed musical The Last Five Years at the St James Theatre in October. Stage and screen rising stars Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey will star in the production which will play the London venue from Friday 28 October until Saturday […]

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Rent breaks box office records at St James Theatre

The 2oth anniversary production of the innovative American musical RENT has become the fastest-selling show in history at the St James Theatre. Within the first 24 hours the show, which will play a Christmas season at the London venue from 8 December until 28 January 2017, had broken the theatre’s records for the most amount […]

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Exposure the Musical world premiere – casting revealed

Former soap stars Natalie Anderson and Michael Greco are among the cast for Exposure the Musical – Life Through a Lens which will receive its world premiere at London’s St James Theatre in July. Ex-Emmerdale regular Anderson and one-time EastEnder Greco will join David Albury, Andy Barke, Rhiannon Duncan, Zeph Gould, Kurt Kansley, Stevie Mahoney, Niamh […]

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Sunday at the Musicals charity concert – female West End stars line up

A host of musical theatre’s female stars are lining up to play a special, one night only charity concert at London’s St James Studio Theatre in June. Produced by Paul Burton and Paul Burton Productions, Sunday at the Musicals will raise funds for the Royal Variety Charity (formerly the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund). The concert […]

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Producer Paul Taylor-Mills joins Andrew Lloyd Webber at St James Theatre

Leading independent producer Paul Taylor-Mills is joining Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group to work on programming for the newly acquired St James Theatre. Taylor-Mills will join RUG as advisory producer with special responsibility for working on the company’s plans for the latest addition to the group’s portfolio of venues. The producer whose recent credits […]

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Exposure The Musical – Life Through A Lens has world premiere at St James Theatre

The world premiere of Exposure The Musical – Life Through A Lens will run at the St James Theatre, for a limited season, from 16 July until 27 August 2016, with press night on 28 July.  The book for this new musical is by Mike Dyer, with Quentin Russell as script consultant and dramaturgy by Phil Willmott, who is also directing. Dyer has also written the lyrics and music with […]

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Miss Atomic Bomb – St James Theatre

Miss Atomic Bomb continues at St James Theatre, London until 9 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Hurrah! A new British musical and one that is original. It’s not been adapted from a classic novel nor does it rely on music hall knees-ups. Its originality derives from the British sense of […]

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Actress Anita Dobson will be in conversation at St James Theatre on 20 March

Stage and screen favourite Anita Dobson will be the star attraction at a special event at London’s St James Theatre next month. A Conversation With Anita Dobson on 20 March will feature the award-winning actress chatting about her long and varied career with writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson. The star who is still fondly remembered […]

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New musical Miss Atomic Bomb – Catherine Tate and Dean John-Wilson join line-up

Award-winning star of TV and theatre, Catherine Tate (Assassins, The Catherine Tate Show, The Vote, Doctor Who) and Dean John-Wilson (Aladdin, Here Lies Love), who takes the leading role in Disney’s Aladdin this summer, will lead the cast in the new musical comedy Miss Atomic Bomb, alongside musical theatre performer Florence Andrews (A Little Night Music, Annie Get Your Gun), Simon Lipkin (The Lorax, Assassins, Rock of […]

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Barb Jungr and John McDaniel Beatles show debuts at St James Theatre

Come Together, the new collaboration between two giants of cabaret from both sides of the Atlantic, award-winning vocalist and performer Barb Jungr and Grammy and Emmy winner John McDaniel, will receive its London debut at St James Theatre from 26 to 29 November, following successful runs in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Connecticut and this […]

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The S&S Award Gala 2015 – St James Theatre

The S&S Award Gala was held at the St James Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Where is the home of new musical theatre writing in the UK? The West End houses 33 musicals currently – putting aside adaptations, jukebox musicals and classic works, only two of these could be considered new standalone original works. The National Theatre allows […]

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St James Theatre spring season includes new musical Miss Atomic Bomb

St James Theatre’s spring season will include the world premiere of new musical Miss Atomic Bomb and the UK premiere of critically acclaimed play with music The Pianist of Willesden Lane. James Albrecht, creative director of the St James Theatre, London, comments: “As we embark on our fourth year at the St James, it is a […]

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Nigel Harman and Janie Dee lined up for S&S Awards Gala

Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman will host this year’s S&S Awards Gala at the St James Theatre, London on Sunday 15 November. The glittering celebration of new musical theatre will culminate in the announcement and presentation of the prestigious S&S Award 2015 by another Olivier Award winner, Janie Dee. Awarded to the work judged to […]

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Around the World in 80 Days – casting revealed

Casting is announced today for Around the World in 80 Days, which will run at the St James Theatre from 26 November 2015 to 17 January 2016, with press night on 3 December 2015. Leading the cast in the role of Phileas Fogg will be Robert Portal, who, in challenges reminiscent of Fogg’s own quest, has rowed […]

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Pure Imagination – The Songs of Leslie Bricusse – St James Theatre

Pure Imagination – The Songs of Leslie Bricusse continues at the St James Theatre, London until 17 October. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In a relatively short time this theatre has established itself as a home for exhilarating compilation shows. This latest one celebrates the long and prolific career of Leslie Bricusse. Some people […]

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Triple threat writer Leslie Bricusse on what inspires his Pure Imagination. Interview – Part One

Prolific and well-loved British film and musical theatre songwriter LESLIE BRICUSSE has been in the news this week. Not only has the composer, lyricist and librettist revealed that he’s working on a major new musical about the life of his close friend, legendary entertainer, Sammy Davis Jr, but he has been in London celebrating the world premiere of Pure Imagination– […]

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Django Bates composes Around the World in 80 Days at the St James Theatre‏

Keyboardist, alto horn player, composer, and founding member of Loose Tubes, Django Bates will compose the score for a new stage production of Jules Verne’s classic 1873 novel Around the World in 80 Days, running at the St James Theatre from 26 November 2015 to 17 January 2016 (press night is on 3 December 2015). In an adaptation […]

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Dogfight cast and creative team reunite for one-off concert

Exactly a year after Dogfight’s acclaimed European premiere season ended at Southwark Playhouse, the original cast and creative team are to reunite for a special concert version of the musical in the main theatre at St James Theatre on Sunday 11 October. Dogfight was nominated Best Musical and Laura Jane Matthewson named Outstanding Emerging Talent in […]

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Songs For a New World – St James Theatre

Songs For a New World continues at the St James Theatre, London until 8 August. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★  Taking your seat in St James’ auditorium, spying the spare apartment, stacks of furniture in the corner, you get a glimpse of what the show is at its heart: a juxtaposition of […]

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You Won’t Succeed on Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews at St James Theatre in August

You Won’t Succeed on Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews – playing at the St James Theatre from 25 August­–5 September 2015 (press night is 27 August) – is a celebration of the Jewish contribution to musical theatre for more than 80 years. Fresh from an opening in Tel Aviv, the London cast features […]

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Leslie Bricusse musical revue Pure Imagination opens at St James in September

Pure Imagination – The Songs of Leslie Bricusse celebrates the songs of the most prolific and well-loved film and musical theatre songwriters of our time. Whether writing alone or forming partnerships – including Anthony Newley, Henry Mancini, John Williams and John Barry – double Oscar and Grammy Award winner Leslie Bricusse’s music has touched us […]

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Songs For a New World – Cynthia Erivo and Jenna Russell lead cast at St James

Celebrating 20 years since its first performance Off-Broadway, an all-new London production of triple-Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s first musical Songs For a New World runs at the St James Theatre for a strictly limited run of three weeks (Wednesday 22 July to 8 August, press night is Friday 24 July), directed by Adam Lenson. This special anniversary […]

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Hoagy Carmichael musical Stardust Road has world premiere at St James Theatre

THIS PRODUCTION HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED. Hoagy Carmichael wrote ‘Stardust’, ‘Georgia On My Mind’, ‘The Nearness of You’ and ‘Heart and Soul’, four of the most recorded American songs of all time. Now these classic melodies, and many more of Oscar-winning Carmichael’s hits, are at the centre of a new musical, Stardust Road, which uses […]

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First World War musical drama The Dreamers has London premiere at St James Theatre

“Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin. They think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives” – from the poem ‘Dreamers’ by Siegfried Sassoon. Relating to something that happened 100 years ago isn’t easy but The Dreamers, a brand new musical production based on the true story of a First World War hero, will help […]

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Something Rotten! – St James Theatre, New York

Something Rotten! continues at the St James Theatre, New York. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Who would have thought that an off-hand reference to Chess – a 30-year-old musical, beloved by some but forgotten by many – would get a resounding laugh from a Broadway audience in 2015? Well, it did the other night, and […]

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Rachel Tucker returns to St James Theatre with new solo show Back From Broadway

West End and Broadway star Rachel Tucker returns to the St James Theatre on Sunday 19 April with her all-new solo show, Back From Broadway, following her acclaimed debut on the Great White Way starring as Meg Dawson in Sting’s musical The Last Ship (Neil Simon Theatre, New York) directed by Joe Mantello. There are two performances […]

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Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For a New World revived at St James Theatre

Celebrating 20 years since its first performance Off-Broadway, an all-new London production of triple-Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s first musical, Songs For a New World will run at the St James Theatre for three weeks only (22 July–8 August), directed by Adam Lenson. Songs For a New World weaves characters, locations and time periods together in […]

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New musical theatre writing showcased in Under Construction at St James Theatre

Three new musicals will benefit from a week of development workshops, culminating in a public showcase at the St James Studio on 27 March 2015, thanks to FTG Productions’ initiative Under Construction. Fisher Taylor-Gaunt Productions sent out a call for submissions last year to musical theatre writers up and down the country. They received more than […]

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Urinetown the Musical begins previews at St James Theatre

Simon Paisley Day, Jenna Russell, Richard Fleeshman and Jonathan Slinger lead the cast in the UK premiere of multi-Tony Award-winning Urinetown the Musical, directed by Jamie Lloyd, opening for previews this weekend at St James Theatre, London (running until 3 May 2014, press night is 11 March). The cast for the musical, which features music […]

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The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S. Bermange

The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S. Bermange is returning to the St James Theatre, London on Sunday 2 February, following its sell-out success in July 2013. Bermange has received recognition for his stage musicals (including, in the last year, Thirteen Days at the Arcola Theatre, The Route to Happiness at the Landor Theatre, and […]

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Putting It Together – St James Theatre

Putting It Together continues at the St James Theatre, London until 1 February. This is a lesser-known Stephen Sondheim revue that was first performed in 1992 at the Old Fire Station Studio Theatre in Oxford. Subsequent productions took place, notably in New York, Los Angeles and Chichester, each slightly different in song content and ‘story’. […]

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Tell Me On a Sunday – St James Theatre

Tell Me On a Sunday continues at the St James Theatre, London until 12 January before transferring to the Duchess Theatre for two weeks from 18 February–1 March. It’s nostalgia time at the St James with Marti Webb bravely re-creating the one-woman Tell Me On a Sunday show of almost 32 years ago that took […]

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Tell Me On a Sunday transfers to the Duchess

Tell Me On a Sunday has always commanded a loyal following as the 1979 collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Don Black produced a number of still-popular songs, not least the title number and the even bigger hit ‘Take That Look Off Your Face’. Even so, the news that, due to public demand, this […]

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The S&S Award – St James Theatre

The S&S Award was presented at the St James Theatre, London. The inaugural S&S Award ceremony, created in memory of Sidney and Sylvia Brown, the parents of the lyricist and librettist Warner Brown, was all about discovering and promoting new writers in British musical theatre. The new prize follows in the wake of the Vivian […]

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Andrew Lippa in Concert – St James Theatre

Andrew Lippa in Concert at the St James Theatre, London. The name Andrew Lippa is not one that a large percentage of UK theatregoers in the UK will have heard of, although some may have seen his most famous show – the lavish The Addams Family – on Broadway back in 2010. More recently, in September […]

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