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ST JAMES THEATRE
(and "The Studio")
 

 

 

"Main Auditorium":

 

 

URINETOWN (musical)
Ends 3rd May 2014.

Caldwell B. Cladwell has a monopoly on public toilets in a city suffering from drought... those who literally can't afford to "spend a penny" and are caught end up in Urinetown...

 

"The Studio" schedule:


See www.stjamestheatre.co.uk for details of productions.

 

Events include:


Tuesday 15th until Tuesday 22nd April 2014
Press Night: Thursday 17th April 2014


A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN

- a celebration of the life, times and songs of Robert B. Sherman

Robert and Richard Sherman are the most successful songwriting partnership in the history of Hollywood, composing more movie musical songs and acclaimed film scores than any other writing team.

From the Oscar-winning Chim Chim Cher-ee to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds in Mary Poppins to the unforgettable Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which earned them their third of nine Oscar nominations, their songs have entertained the world for more than 60 years.

Now their prolific output is celebrated in the critically acclaimed cabaret, A Spoonful of Sherman, which sold out all its performances at St James Theatre in January and now returns to the venue for a week-long run of nine performances.
 

Robert J Sherman appears at all performances EXCEPT Tuesday 15th and Friday 18th April 2014.


Award-winning musical theatre lyricist Anthony Drewe will be guest narrator for these two performances.

The show also again features top West End singers Greg Castiglioni (Titanic, Southwark Playhouse), Stuart Matthew Price (Parade, Donmar Warehouse), Charlotte Wakefield (The Sound of Music, Regent’s Park) and Emma Williams (the original West End Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and Robert’s son Robbie - himself a writer of musicals (Bumblescratch) - will also be performing and narrating.* Songs featured will span 90 incredible years of Sherman family history by including music from the Sherman Brothers' father, Tin Pan Alley songwriter Al Sherman.

The recent Tom Hanks/Emma Thompson film Saving Mr Banks, about Walt Disney’s epic battle to turn the much-loved book Mary Poppins into a film, sparked renewed interest in the story of the Sherman Brothers and their long association with the Disney studio, for whom they composed Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, and The Aristocats. They also wrote what is perhaps their best-known song, It's A Small World (After All) for the 1964 New York World's Fair and it has featured as a boat ride around the nations of the world at Disney theme parks ever since. In 2003, four Sherman Brothers' musicals ranked in the Top 10 Favourite Children's Films of All Time in a British nationwide poll reported by the BBC. The film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was adapted into a West End musical in 2002 and running three-and-a-half-years, became the longest running show ever at the London Palladium. It was
nominated for the Best Musical Olivier Award. A stage adaptation of Mary Poppins followed in 2005 in London and on Broadway, where it was nominated for seven Tonys.

2014 saw the posthumous publication of Robert B. Sherman's autobiographical book, Moose: Chapters From My Life.


 

 

Performance Times:
Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm
Thursday and Saturday at 3pm and 7.45pm

 

 

 

 

 

Ticket Prices:
All performances except the 7.45pm performances on 18th, 19th and 20th April 2014
Gallery: £22.50
Ground Floor and Upper Gallery: £18 ("Family Deal" of £60 for 4 tickets at the 3pm performances on 17th and 19th April 2014 only)
Standing: £12.50

 


7.45pm performances on 18th, 19th and 20th April 2014
Gallery: £25
Ground Floor and Upper Gallery: £20
Standing: £15


 

Theatremonkey Opinion:
Not available. Reports are that this is impressive as an ensemble work, but otherwise, it divides the professional reviewers totally. Some find it puerile, without a memorable song or any warmth beyond a knowing "aren't we clever to parody Brecht." Others find that parody appealing and smart, with an entertainingly dark humour. It may try too hard and be squeezed onto too small a stage, but there's something more than the title suggests to them. The cast seem to run the gamut from "entertaining" to "wrong job" too - depending on who you choose to read. One for the musically curious (in every sense of the term), seems to be the opinion.
 
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Important: Some reviews below can contain "spoilers" - please don't read if this bothers you!

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Performance Schedule:
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

"Urinetown The Musical (February 2014):
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Runs 2 hours 20 minutes approximately.
 

See www.stjamestheatre.co.uk for details of productions in "The Studio."
 

 

Ticket Prices:

Offers May be available - Click Here

View this information in diagram form for "Main Auditorium" productions.

"Urinetown The Musical (February 2014):
Rows E to L: £39.50 except
"Premium Seats" rows F, G, H and J 5 to 19: £49.50
Rows D and M: £32.50
Rows C and N: £27.50



 

See www.stjamestheatre.co.uk for details of productions in "The Studio."
 

 

 

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Buying Tickets Online:

Other Box Office Information

Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
www.stjamestheatre.co.uk

This venue sells its own tickets.
The site allows you to choose your own tickets in the main auditorium (not the Studio, where seats are unreserved and locations change) from those available.

Booking fees per ticket for online bookings:
An optional £1 per booking, not per ticket, postage fee applies.
 

Other Online Choices (with S.T.A.R. genuine ticket agencies):

When you require a wider selection of seats than the theatre can offer, the Theatremonkey Ticketshop, telephone 020 7420 9778 (0044 207 420 9778 if calling from outside the United Kingdom), is a good option. Run by LoveTheatre, this reputable agency offers a selection of seats with a modest booking fee per ticket - £6 on £39.50 tickets (£7.50 on £49.50 seats / £4.50 on £29.50 preview seats). Modest by agency standards, and only a little higher than box office prices, so worthwhile trying. Note that this system will confirm exact seat numbers prior to purchase. A £1.95 per booking, not per ticket, handling fee may apply on some transactions by telephone. NO handling fee applies for online purchases.

Ticketmaster.co.uk offer £39.50 seats with a £3.40 per ticket booking fee and a £2.85 per booking, not per ticket, handling fee. This system allows you to choose your own seats from the selection the company has available.

Encore Tickets telephone 0207 400 1253 / 0044 207 400 1253 if calling from outside the United Kingdom) offer £49.50 seats with a £13.50 (£10.50 on £39.50, £9.50 on £22.50 seats) booking fee per ticket. A postage charge of £2.25 per booking, not per ticket may be applied to bookings made from UK addresses more than 5 days before the performance. The "Flexiticket" Exchange Service, allowing FREE transfer / cancellation (credit note up to 12 months) of your booking up to 3 days before the performance is also available for £2.50 per ticket. Discounts and "Meal and Show" packages may also be available. Quality and Value hotel / theatre ticket packages are also available.

Londontheatredirect.com offer £39.50 seats with an £8 booking fee per ticket. Collecting tickets from the box office before your performance is free, OR, if required and time allows, there is a postage charge option of of £2.95 (£4.95 to non-UK addresses) per booking, not per ticket applies to all bookings. Optional Ticket Insurance is also available. Discounts and Meal and Show Packages may also be available.


Other Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats.
 

Box Office Information:
Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
0844 264 2140
Operated by the venue.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
An optional £1 per booking, not per ticket, postage fee applies.
 

For personal callers or by post: 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA. 
No booking fee for personal callers. The venue box office normally opens each performance day at 10am for over-the-counter sales, but check by telephone before making a special journey.

Special Access Needs Customers:
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers can book their seats on 0844 264 2140 and enquire about concessionary prices that may be available to them.

www.stjamestheatre.co.uk is the official venue website.

 

 
 
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Theatre Seat Opinions:
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.

NOTE: This is a new venue, and opinions are based on "first impressions." It takes time for any theatre to settle in, and the monkey very much welcomes guests' views to build up a broader picture: contact us.

This venue is visually amazing. Under a block of apartments, the ground and first floors are glass affairs rather like an advanced version of the "New London" Theatre. A spectacular 28 tonne Italian marble staircase, shipped in 17 pieces to the theatre, is the highlight of a stunning foyer.

 

Seating Plan Diagram

Main Auditorium

"The Studio" Auditorium

Notes

Main Auditorium
Soundproofed, thanks to multiple doors.

This is possibly the first "usher's torch free" auditorium in London, thanks to innovative "light up" row letters in the aisle floor, and 'intensity adjustable' downlighting below the aisle wall handrails. Other auditorium lighting can also be changed to glow practically any shade, warming the cool grey walls and enhancing the look of the angular deep red seating.

Layout:
A single block of seats face the stage. They rise steeply upwards on steps from the stage.

Up to 8 seats in rows A to F, and 4 from row G back curve round towards the stage.

The audience enter from the foyer to a rear cross-aisle aisle behind seat N1. Either walking behind row N (to the "high number seats") or using the adjacent aisle by seat N1, all then descend (3 steps between each row, except N) to their seats.

The stage area itself is fully adjustable. Walls can be pushed in or out to create "wing" space, and a removable floor can replace rows A and B to create a totally flat open space. Alternatively, a proper stage can be installed. The monkey has currently tested the "flat floor" format, and will add information as the new layouts are revealed by future productions.

Unlike other venues, where seats curve inwards, there is no "knees touching" in any seat - there is space for all to sit back and enjoy the show.

Narrow, short armrests are provided between all seats, further maintaining decorum.

Legroom:
In the front rows A to C, this varies by production, depending how the stage is arranged - see "Changes for the current production" below.

Elsewhere, what needs knowing is that all the theatre's seats are designed to keep the user sitting totally upright at all times. This is essential as legroom is otherwise limited in most seats. The row in front rises with "flat backs" putting the 5ft 7 monkey's legs and feet into the "Z" position when seated. Bolt-upright, with knees one inch from the seat in front and toes held back parallel with kneecaps. That is the position in almost all seats in the auditorium. Not uncomfortable in an empty "test" position for a few minutes, but not yet tested in a full auditorium for an hour or more. The monkey welcomes further feedback - contact us.

The only exceptions are seats G1 and 23. These have slightly more legroom (particularly for the right leg in 1 and the left in 23) as the row in front curves towards the stage. The front row has unlimited legroom if the stage is not raised. The monkey further suspects a few front row seats may also have a little more space too in other configurations, and will test this when possible.

Seats themselves are adequate for the average width, the largest may (as always) be far less comfortable - though all are kept cool as most seats have individual cooling vents under them.

A reader also noticed that where the row curves, there is a "double armrest" giving extra width.

Choosing Seats in General:
Rows A to F curve at the ends to surround the stage. Further back, the ends of the other rows also angle in slightly. All focus on the stage and the monkey thinks (but has not tested over time yet) that when "wings" are in place, no seat will have less than a perfect view.

Interestingly, seats to the sides have an equal, if not slightly better than average, view of the stage. The feeling of "looking inwards" is heightened, providing slightly more intimacy than those seats "face on" to the stage. From the stage, the actor easily engages even the furthest seats, thanks to the simplicity of the design.

Centrally, there is a reason that the middle of rows D and E are at "premium" prices for views. The perfect height - just above actors' eye level, and taking in the whole stage with ease.

Further back, around row J, a technical gallery spans the auditorium. Not really noticeable, just interesting, feels the monkey. The aim of the venue is "classy, off-Broadway" feel, which (never having been "off-Broadway") the monkey thinks is about right.
More interesting still, rear rows don't feel that far from the stage.

A particular revelation is row N. The back row is raised on a plinth to maintain the "rake" of the auditorium. A sound desk can replace seats 11 and 12 if required. Beyond this, seats numbered from 13 upwards will go on sale 20 minutes before the production, once wheelchair users have been settled. This part of row N can be adjusted to provide up to 6 wheelchair users or up to 3 users and 3 friends with views comparable to anywhere else in the auditorium.

As the staff noted to the monkey, the only reason row N is cheaper is that it gives visitors a choice. The difference in view is negligible. Monkey buying advice (based on very first impressions) is that front rows are simply closer to the stage, and that aisle seats provide a little "wriggle space" and are less claustrophobic for those who dislike long rows.

For views, take rows C, F then G at top price first (or "premium" seats in rows D and E - E first, then D), then simply go forward or back, and inwards or outwards (hokey-cokey style, the monkey cheers), as personal preference dictates - there's little difference, it feels.

The only issue the monkey highlights with the entire venue is actual seat comfort - for which (along with other general views of course) it welcomes feedback - contact us.

General Hazard Notes:
That legroom really is an issue for many.

Handrails at the end of each row won't affect sightlines but may irritate purists.

Row A to C extreme end seats may find an actor’s back to them, depending on staging.

Changes for the current production:

The front row is row C, cheap and good value - and once that's gone, try row D behind it, almost as cheap; decent value compared with the alternative of row M if bought at full price, feels the monkey. You will be looking upwards to see the top of the set, though. Also be aware that seats at the ends of row C were removed due to the viewing angle - so go central if possible.

Central seats in rows F to J are "premium." Your choice, feels the monkey, who notes that there are decent cheaper seats nearby.

Row N is cheaper than M, as it normally is. Monkey advice is to take the cheaper seats first, taking N only once row D is no longer available. Do be aware that N has a restricted view for this production and is thus a last choice, the monkey feels.

 

Reader Comments:
"Theatre: Why didn’t the powers that be make the seats more comfortable when they had the luxury of a new build? There is no legroom, except for seats G1 and G23 where the end seats of row F curve inward. Admittedly, the view is exceptional from every seat, but I don’t want to be thinking about my knees during such a wonderful performance. We’ve seen some great productions at St James’ theatre, but the legroom is always a problem."

"A25: "Bully Boy" (October 2012), (David Hurrell). I had seat A25 at the end of the angle that rounds the stage. In addition to insufficient leg-room there are two other disadvantages: 1) The seat is very side on and so close to the stage that one's view of the action can be obscured by staring at a character's back and 2) one suffers from the glare of the lights. The management would do well to shorten the angles."

"Row B: 'Daddy Long Legs' (November 2012), (David Hurrell). I noted that the seats at either end of Row A that stood at an angle to the stage and about which I adversely commented to you in my review of 'Bully Boy' in October 2012' have now been removed, leaving just the 10 seats facing the stage. Needless to say the seats at either end of row B now have marvellous leg-room - just waiting for a daddy long legs in fact! (May of course not happen for every show, editor)."

"Row E: "Daddy Long Legs" (November 2012). "Went to this new theatre for the first time last night to see "Daddy Long Legs" - ironic title since the seating is the most uncomfortable I've ever experienced. I'm not unusually tall but found it impossible to move my legs which ended up bent back under the seat, this is the only time I've almost left a show part-way through due to discomfort. Luckily at the interval I was able to move to an aisle seat which gave me room to spread out sideways. Seems incredible to get this so wrong in a brand new theatre."

"K18: "Daddy Long Legs" (November 2012), (Dannie). "I was in seat K18, and was pleased with the seat. I had a nice view of the whole stage and was able to clearly see the emotions on the actors’ faces. I’m 5’4”, and by the end of the show felt the legroom was adequate for me, but not amazing. There is an extra armrest between seats 18 and 17, due to the curve of the auditorium. This meant the person in seat 17 and I had our own armrest instead of jockeying to share one. From what I could tell the double armrest was present in all of the rows due to the curve, but I’m not sure if they were all 17 and 18 (and didn’t look at the numbers on the other side). The seats in front of mine for the next two rows were empty, so I can’t comment about heads in the way. Given the steep rake of the theatre I don’t think that would be much of a problem."

"N12 and 13: "Putting it Together" (January 2014). I was a little apprehensive having read that the seats at the St James' Theatre were terribly uncomfortable, and having sat through "The Pride" at the Trafalgar Studios which has awful seating, I was a bit nervous. I am 6ft, as is my partner. We sat in row N in seats 12 and 13. Seat 13 was next to a sound man set up, so there was no one to my left. We had a great view of the stage and I have to say it was very comfortable. I didn't feel squashed and was able to sit very easily without hitting the seat in front of me. I did probably help that I had a little space next to me, but my partner who was sat between two people was absolutely fine."



 


"The Studio" Auditorium
This is a truly amazing space, on 2 levels, with a stage that can be confined to a corner or extended along a wall. A sound desk / DJ booth puts out music, a bar will quietly (so no hissing coffee machine here) serve alcoholic and soft cold drinks during intervals when the performer isn't actually performing, and the atmosphere even as the rush is on to finish it, is amazing.
Think "secret club" for the glittering crowd, and you are about there. Perfect for anything from chamber music to burlesque - and equipped for either, with a grand piano for music or just a stage setting.

GROUND LEVEL

Layout:
An L shaped room with an adjustable sized corner stage. This can have any mixture of seats and tables arranged to face it. Movable banquettes provide further adjustable seating along one wall, and there may be a few bar stools too. Three thin pillars simply add to the atmosphere down here.

An L shaped "VIP Gallery" overhangs the floor below.

Legroom:
Comfort is good everywhere, thanks to the well-chosen furnishings – a mixture of movable chairs and banquettes, and the monkey highly recommends this venue.

Choosing Seats in General:
Seats are not reserved, and you may well share a table with a new friend... You’ll enjoy sitting anywhere as the view is fine – just shift your chair a bit if you think a pillar is too close.

General Hazard Notes:
Pillars dotted around - just move your chair to see around them.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
"Studio:  Amazing, arranged in a nightclub format and very comfortable with an intimate atmosphere – drinks and food available at the bar – what more could you ask for!"
 


GALLERY LEVEL
also called the VIP GALLERY in this auditorium.

Layout:
An L shape, with a long low gallery facing the stage.

The short end of the L is in three tiers, one on the same level as the rest of the gallery, the other two raised on steps behind, with glass barriers in front of each rise.

Legroom:
Comfort is good everywhere, thanks to the well-chosen furnishings – a mixture of movable chairs. These may be a little low for the tallest, perhaps.

Choosing Seats in General:
The "long side" is at perfect distance to the stage for a performer to take it in with a casual glance, creating an incredible intimacy. Seats on this length are comfortable swivelling low arm-chairs, with tables between. Just 9 of them, and if you have one, you'll feel privileged, feels the monkey.

Along the short side of the gallery, the lowest is on the same level as the "long" length, with a further 4 seats and tables. Slightly further from the stage, the rail in front won't affect anybody but the shortest.

The "middle gallery" (as the monkey unilaterally dubbed it - to the horror of the box office manager showing it around) is the most "middling" for view. It's OK, though in low seats you may be a little more conscious of those in front and may notice looking through two rows of glass and chrome rails.

The "upper gallery" (see above on dubbing) was the one that the monkey has now claimed for its own (no "peanut gallery" lines, thank you). Four tall stools, and a perfect "overview" of everything going on practically everywhere in the room. With 3 friends, privacy is guaranteed. Access to the bar, bathrooms and exits nearby are simple, and the seats comfy. Once its ban is lifted, that's where you'll find it.

General Hazard Notes:
The balcony rail may be a little high for the shortest person to see over.

Upper Gallery seating is on high stools. The short may be left with legs dangling...

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
None.

 


 

Notes
312 seats in the main auditorium.
120 seats in "The Studio"

Air Conditioned. Individual vents under most seats in the main auditorium particularly help cooling here - don't put your coats over them, though!

Hearing Loop available. Wheelchair access is flat to both auditoriums: slope or 1 step from street into foyer. Flat from foyer to main auditorium through 2 sets of heavy soundproof doors. Up to 6 wheelchairs, or 3 wheelchairs plus 3 companions can take spaces in row N, replacing seats 13 to 23 as required - seats break down in units of 2. 3 small steps between all other rows. Access to "The Studio" is via lift from the foyer, or down 16 steps to "Gallery" level and then another 17 steps to "Main Floor" level. Access to the foyer bar is flat. Access to the main restaurant is via a lift from the foyer or up 17 steps. Adapted unisex toilets on foyer and "The Studio" Gallery level. For performers, there is a massive, state of the art adapted bathroom / shower room available, flat access from dressing rooms to main stage and a chair carrying lift to "The Studio" stage level. To book tickets or for information, email the venue access(insert @ symbol here)stjamestheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 0844 264 2140.

Food: Ice cream and confectionary. Main foyer: A large bar area in the main foyer is open 8am to 10.30pm for bar snacks and hot food. Restaurant: First floor. "The Buttery" has between 50 and 62 places, serving "British" fare from 8am until 10.30pm daily. Event ticketholders can book tables from 5.30pm until performance time, the general public are also welcome. Bar on the main floor of "The Studio" (also accessible by concealed staircase from the Gallery level). This will serve cold soft and alcoholic drinks only.

The theatre has public WIFI access in foyer areas.

Cloakroom: On "The Studio" Gallery Level. Roaming hosts will take guests coats to this cloakroom if required.

4 toilets: foyer - 1 gents 1 cubicles / 4 urinals, 1 ladies 5 cubicles, 1 unisex disabled; lower level - 1 gents 3 cubicles / 4 urinals, 1 ladies 10 cubicles. 1 unisex disabled.

The monkey gratefully thanks the new owners for their help in compiling this information.

 
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Getting to this Theatre
Find this theatre on a Street Map The theatre entrance is slightly above the red arrow.
Nearest Underground Station Buses Car Park
Nearest Underground Station:
Victoria - Victoria (light blue) and Circle (yellow) and District (green) lines. Also Main rail network terminus.

From the Victoria line ticket barriers, turn to your left. Follow the curve of the barriers around until you see an exit sign for "Wilton Road". Go under this sign and up the stairs. The theatre is in front of you, across a busy road.

From the District and Circle line ticket barriers, you have two choices. 

Either you can turn left on leaving the underground ticket barriers, go up the stairs and exit the station. Follow the street to your right, and the Victoria Palace Theatre appears ahead of you, across the road to your left.

Alternatively, on leaving the underground ticket barriers, turn to your right, and look along diagonally for a tunnel sign marked "National Rail". Walk under it and down a gentle slope. This will bring you into the Victoria line hall. Follow the curve of the ticket barriers around until you see an exit sign for "Wilton Road". Go under this sign and up the stairs.


The Victoria Palace theatre is in front of you, across a busy road.

HERE THERE ARE TWO CHOICES. THE ONE THE MONKEY TRIED IS BELOW. A READER SUGGESTS AN ALTERNATIVE THAT AVOIDS THE BUILDING SITE AND ALLEYWAY. CLICK HERE TO READ IT.

 


Cross to it. You are interested in being in front of (or inside!) the Duke of York Pub.


Walk past it, with it on your right. At the corner, turn into Arlington Street,


keeping the pub on your right.

Walk to the end of the road, by the "MDCCI Cafe.


Turn left, as the arrow points, keeping the Cafe to your left as you go round the corner. You are still on Allington Street.


Do you see the white building to the right of the van in the photo above? OK, you need to cross Allington Street to the street, Warwick Row, in front of that white building.


Walk along Warwick Row to the end of it.


At the end of the street, there is a hotel to your right (you can just see its canopy in the top left of the photo above). Use the pedestrian crossing (just out of sight to the left) to cross the road. You want to go down the big wide street you can see, where the arrow is pointing, Palace Place.


As the caption says, head past the back door of the Rubens Hotel, and to the far right corner of this wide street - Palace Place.


Yes, at the angle the dark tarmac suggests... and on to that pavement you see ahead...


In the far corner, you will see these stairs. Go up them, and continue straight on towards that white building in the centre of the photograph.


At the top of the stairs, Palace Place continues. Go straight on. The white building to the right of the photograph is actually the theatre's back doors.


Turn right at the end of the street.


The glass building is the theatre. Keep it to your right, and follow it along and round to the right to the main entrance - it's by where the truck is in the photograph.

Note that the walk is far shorter than these photos make it look - around 10 minutes from the station, the monkey found, though it does walk quickly.

It is also possible to access the theatre from Buckingham Palace Road, straight down Palace Street. From the station, turn left onto Victoria Street, right onto Buckingham Palace Road, cross Bressenden Place, continue down to Palace Place, turning left into it. That is a far longer walk, though.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE SUGGESTED BY A READER:

A Local resident writes,
"The route you've laid out certainly works, but it's not a very pleasant walk -- lots of construction and through back alleys. I live in the area and suggest a route that's certainly no longer (maybe shorter!), that's less complex, and that I think is more pleasant. Here it is:

-- Leave the front of the station and cross Victoria Street (as in your directions);
-- Turn right on Victoria Street, follow it across Bressenden Place and go straight on for maybe another 50 metres;
-- Turn left into Cardinal Place shopping centre (just past the Moulton Brown shop and before Goldsmiths);
-- Walk straight back through Cardinal Place, which is an outside space (with a glass roof in spots) and is open to the public 24/7;
-- Walk past the M&S on the right and straight through to Palace Street;
-- At Palace Street, look to the left and the St James Theatre is right there.

So -- in essence: out of the Station onto Victoria Street; left turn into Cardinal Place; Theatre is on the left at Palace Street.

You can save a few steps by going through Cardinal Place immediately after crossing Bressenden Place, on a diagonal from the street corner (going between the Lloyds on the right and the Browns on the left) and then turning left at the centre of Cardinal Place -- but that seems a bit more complex to explain.

Sounds like a good choice, thinks the monkey. Reader Dannie agrees, saying,
"I used the alternative route suggested by one of your readers, and had no trouble finding the theatre, even with the construction work going on around Victoria Station."

 

 

Buses:
16, 38, 42, 52, 73, 82, 148 stop nearby on Buckingham Palace Road. Walk down Palace Street. The theatre is the large pale coloured building ahead of you, after crossing Palace Place.

8, 11, 24, 36, 38, 73, 211, 511 To Victoria Bus Station. See directions from "Nearest Underground Station" above.

 

Taxi:
Can be hailed outside, but more easily on Buckingham Palace Road. Leave the theatre, turn right if leaving the main entrance, keeping the foyer glass windows to your right. Walk straight on to the end of Palace Street, crossing Palace Place. At the end of the road, across the street ahead is a brick wall - the Royal Mews. You have reached Buckingham Palace Road.

Taxis can also be hailed from the rank at Victoria Station. See directions from "Nearest Underground Station" above.

 

Car Park:
None are close. The theatre suggest Eccleston Bridge Place (walk down Bridge Place to Wilton Road, pass the Apollo Victoria Theatre, cross towards the Victoria Palace Theatre and follow directions from "Nearest Underground Station" above.

On street parking may be available after 6.30pm (all day Sunday) but is limited - even more so by building work in the area.

This venue does not participate in any discount parking scheme.
 

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