As of February 2017, The Other Palace has been opening its doors as a venue specialising in musical theatre. With Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber as its current owner, it is no surprise that The Other Palace aims to discover, develop and reimagine musical theatre in all its forms.
Having originally opened as the St. James Theatre in 2012, the current venue stands on the site that was left derelict after the destruction of the Westminster Theatre by a fire in 2002 and is the most recently built London theatre complex to have been formed in the last 30 years.
Located close to Victoria rail and underground station, the venue can seat a 312-strong audience in its main auditorium and 120 in its smaller studio theatre.
The Other Palace makes use of its space by offering a programme of complete productions, productions that are works-in-progress, and festivals of newly written work. The theatre’s function changes between the day and the night. During the daytime, the studio is open to composers, librettists, lyricists, directors and choreographers to discover and create new material. But by night, the Studio offers a diverse catalogue of completed works, including cabaret, music, musical theatre and comedy, amongst its genres.
The Other Palace’s bar acts, quite uniquely, as a third creative space. It holds open mic nights, networking events, as well as its normal function serving drinks to entertained audiences.