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St. James's Studio Play Week

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Watch theatre in the dark

As well as their main theatre, St. James Theatre in Central London also has an studio designed for small audiences of up to one hundred people. This is a place for lower scale productions; by lower scale, I do not mean that the quality of the plays are any less, or that there is less public interest, but rather the plays are more suited to more intimate surroundings, where the enclosed space helps enhance the atmosphere. Tickets to these events are 10-15.

The studio usually is not used as frequently as the main theatre, but 11th November - 6th December has been designated St. James's Studio Play Week, where six shows will be performed consecutively. The week will start off with Picasso is Coming - Ce Soir. Set amongst the Bohemian artists of 1920's Paris, you will meet Jules Pascin, a Bulgarian Jewish artist who spent most of his time in brothels, travelling the world, painting nudes, and throwing parties. His next party is scheduled, and Picasso is coming.

Macbeth has always been a dark play, but the tragedy is about to get even darker on the 13th November. Directed by Kevin Williams, the show will be performed in pitch black. Are you afraid of the dark?

Next up is City Stories. This one hour play tells three stories of three city dwellers. Written by James Phillips, it is a fusion of drama and live music.

Join Vin for a night of entertainment on the 22nd November. It will feature quality songwriters such as The Dunwells, Martin Newnham Caroline Harrison, and Dagny. There will also be stand up comedians, and a drawing competition with prizes to be won.

Opera does not have to be serious, and Barbershopera - El Matador: A Close Christmas Shave is proof. It was first aired on Radio Four last Christmas, and now has come to stage. Esteve Johnson, a bullfighter, returns to his hometown of Shavingham on Sea to discover that it has been taken over by a megalomaniac hairdresser.

Last but not least, the Sugar Sisters, is a group of forties singing swingsters, with a bit of 90s R 'n' B thrown in. Brought together by a love for the ukulele and red lipstick, the trio was only discovered in February when busking on Portobello Road.
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Why? Fun at the theatre
When: 11th Nov - 6th Dec
Phone: 0844 264 2140
Where: St. James Theatre
Cost: 10-15
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