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. David Gilmore, Artistic Director, today announced the theatre's first season of work.
18 September – 27 October 2012
By Sandi Toksvig | Directed by David Gilmore
A St. James Theatre CO-PRODUCTION with Lee Dean (following on from recent successes with End Of The Rainbow and Ladies In Lavender), Charles Diamond, Daniel Schumann and Royal & Derngate Northampton
Sandi Toksvig tackles the challenging moral issues of contemporary military occupation and its effect on the mental health of serving soldiers. Major Oscar Hadley is investigating allegations of gross misconduct within a self-styled 'Bully Boy' unit of the British army. When young squaddie Eddie Clark from Burnley is interrogated, Oscar begins to discover that 'truth' in a modern insurgency can be a point of view rather than a fact. In this ferociously gripping story, Sandi Toksvig writes with startling insight and tenderness about the minds of soldiers.
Directed by David Gilmore, Bully Boy stars Anthony Andrews. Anthony Andrews 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. Anthony co-stars with Joshua Miles who plays squaddie, Eddie Clark
Bully Boy is directed by David Gilmore.
DADDY LONG LEGS
31 October – 8 December 2012
Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon | Book by John Caird | Based on the Classic Novel by Jean Webster | Directed by John Caird | Set & Costumes by David Farley | Lighting by Paul Toben
Produced by St. James Theatre PRODUCTIONS in association with Rubicon Theatre Company
This new musical romance from the Tony and Olivier Award-winning co-director of Les Miserables has been lauded for its sheer beauty, depth of feeling and magnificent musical score.
Set in the early 1900s in New England, Daddy Long Legs is the vivid account of a young orphan as she blossoms into a beautiful, intelligent and vivacious woman. An anonymous benefactor gives Jerusha Abbott an opportunity to attend college, requiring that she write to him monthly, even though he will not respond. Her letters to him paint a moving portrait of her former life in the orphanage, and the development of her mind and spirit.
Broadway performer Megan McGinnis will recreate her award-winning performance in the role of Jerusha Abbott, alongside Robert Adelman Hancock.