The Other Palace

The Other Palace is a theatre in London's Off West End which opened on 18 September 2012 as the St. James Theatre.[1] It features a 312-seat main theatre and a 120-seat studio theatre.[2] It was built on the site of the former Westminster Theatre, which was damaged by a fire in 2002 and subsequently demolished.[3] It was acquired by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres Group in 2016, and given its new name.[4]

The Other Palace
The building in 2012, as St James Theatre
AddressPalace Street
London, SW1
United Kingdom
Coordinates51.49857°N 0.14091°W / 51.49857; -0.14091
Public transit Victoria
OperatorReally Useful Theatres Group
TypeOff West End theatre
CapacityMain stage: 312
Studio theatre: 120
Opened18 September 2012 (2012-09-18)
ArchitectFoster Wilson Architects

Described as "the first newly built theatre complex in central London for 30 years",[2] the building was designed by Foster Wilson Architects.[5] The theatre began its debut season in September 2012 with the London premiere of Sandi Toksvig's Bully Boy.[1]

After its acquisition by Really Useful Theatres Group, Paul Taylor Mills was appointed as the new artistic director, with a programme intended to develop new musicals. The name change became official in February 2017.[4]


  1. "St James Theatre in London's West End opens". BBC News. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  2. "About the St. James Theatre". St James Theatre. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  3. Alistair Smith (6 May 2009). "New plans to breathe life into Westminster Theatre". The Stage. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  4. "St. James Theatre becomes The Other Palace". Really Useful Group. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  5. "Project: St James Theatre, Westminster". Foster Wilson Architects. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
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