With the new ALW is putting the theatre up for sale and so far a lack of any reopening plans what do we think could be next for the Other Palace? As one of my favourite theatres (and seeing almost everything in the main house over the last few years) I hope it comes back soon!
The "St James Theatre" was always a much more attractive name. For this venue to work under new owners, they'd need to sort out the very cramped leg-room. Given the rake and the fact that you can't tuck your feet under the seat in front, it could only be done by re-spacing the rows, which would be hugely expensive and reduce capacity.
It got used as a well established and comfortable work shopping space for a lot of ALW stuff,not much translated to the West End but Starlight did public stuff and plenty was done in private. But as far as being a home for upcoming British musicals... well that just never really happened.
EDIT: Fun fact, the reason the theatre is so oddly proportioned, with only 3 small dressing rooms, steep rake, slightly thrust stage etc, is the property developers didnt want a theatre. They just had to build one as they had knocked the old one down. But they made it so, once the theatre went bankrupt, it could be easily turned into a gym and swimming pool. So now you know.
What a shame.I love this place and seen some exciting shows over the years - Urinetown,Amelie & La Strada springs to mind - even though the seating is like climbing Mount Everest - and always "make a night of it" with a meal in Cardinal Place and then onto the theatre.Wouldn't it be nice if CamMac took it over as his plans to buy the Ambassadors for small scale productions never happened and the West End is missing such a venue now that Trafalgar Studios has been turned back to one auditorium.
Post by HereForTheatre on May 14, 2021 19:25:43 GMT
I quite enjoyed The Other Palace, I dunno it just had a different feel when you went to see a show there and with the types of shows they put on. I can't say I ever noticed it being uncomfortable and actually quite like the steep rake.