New London theater reveals slate
LONDON — The U.K. premiere of tuner “Daddy Long Legs,” plus two London preems and a classic revival form the opening slate of St. James Theater, central London’s first new theater complex for 30 years.
The program for the 312-seat main house opens with “Bully Boy” (Sept. 18-Oct. 27), a drama by Sandi Toksvig about hidden attitudes in the military. A co-production between the St. James and Lee Dean, Charles Diamond, Daniel Schumann and Royal & Derngate Northampton, the play is helmed by a.d. David Gilmore and stars Anthony Andrews and Joshua Miles.
“Daddy Long Legs” (Oct. 31-Dec. 8) is directed by John Caird (co-director of “Les Miserables”) with a book by Caird based on the novel by Jean Webster with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon. It is produced by St. James in association with Rubicon Theater Company, whose production is currently touring the U.S.
That’s followed by “Cinderella” (Dec. 12-Jan. 26), produced in London by St. James Theater Productions in association with Tobacco Factory Theater and Travelling Light. Helmed by Sally Cookson the company-devised production of the classic fairytale preemed in Bristol in 2011.
New writing supremo Max Stafford-Clark, who helmed the 1988 world preem of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s classic drama “Our Country’s Good,” return with a major revival presented by Karl Sydow in an Out of Joint and Octagon Theater Bolton production running Jan. 30-March 9, 2013.
The £7 million ($11 million) complex, designed by Foster Wilson Architects, also houses a 100-150-seat studio/cabaret space. Both spaces have full TV recording facilities plus a restaurant, bar and brasserie. The building opens to the public in August.