St. James Studio has announced three pieces of theatre that will each have a week long run in its intimate studio space during June 2015.
Tuesday 02 – Friday 05 June at 8pm, Sunday 07 June at 8pm
Tales of love and magic in London from the writer of McQueen.
City Stories is a new type of Cabaret Drama, a sequence of interwoven love stories and a love letter to London. Written and directed by award winning playwright James Phillips (The Rubenstein Kiss, The White Whale) and with original music composed by singer-songwriter Rosabella Gregory (winner of New York Songwriter’s Circle Song Contest), City Stories is a magical journey through a magical city.
The cast is drawn from the City Stories Company:
Alexander Hanson, Alan Cox, Gary Kemp, Will Keen, Sally Dexter, Julian Ovenden, Sarah Quintrell, Louisa Clein, Daphne Alexander, Phoebe Sparrow, Tom Gordon Gill, Yolanda Vazquez, Scott Handy, Martin Turner, Jay Villiers, Karina Fernandez and Peter Bradley.
‘A sublime, atmospheric and enchanting cabaret drama, with two hours of love, hope and delight… I would implore you to watch out for the next set of dates and go and see it. This show, cast, composer, writer and director are a match made in heaven!’ LondonTheatre1.com
‘Rosabella Gregory’s lyrics seem almost to give London itself a voice… raw, informal and quietly profound. This surprising evening of London stories, linked through musical interludes, addresses the big questions of life.’ One Stop Arts
HIDDEN PEARL and ST. JAMES PRODUCTIONS present TURN BACK THE CLOCK
Monday 08 – Thursday 11 June at 8pm, Saturday 13 June at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday 14 June at 3pm
Originally created by Cheryl Knight in honour of Joyce Grenfell’s centenary year, this comedy revue is directed and co-devised by Paul Knight, who will also be at the pianoforte, and produced by arrangement with Samuel French and Sheil Land Associates.
Containing some of Joyce Grenfell’s more delicate and poignant pieces, this gem of nostalgia from the golden age of revue is suitable for all. Delight in the truthful, funny and moving characters. Revel in the evocation of one of the greatest female entertainers of the twentieth century.
Cheryl Knight’s previous work includes Buddy (West End), Spend, Spend, Spend (tour) with Barbara Dickson and James Roose Evans’ acclaimed production of Pericles (xxx). Having spent the past few years running the shoe department at the Royal Opera House, Turn Back the Clock marks Cheryl’s return to the stage.
EUROPEAN ARTS COMPANY LTD presents THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
Monday 15 – Friday 19 June at 8pm, Thursday 18 & Saturday 20 June at 3pm
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the publication of The Picture of Dorian Gray, European Arts Company return with a thrilling adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s only novel. Written by Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland and John O’Connor, this is the follow up to the sell-out success of The Trials of Oscar Wilde which played in the studio in July 2014.
Set in the decadent world of Victorian London, a beautiful, narcissistic young man called Dorian Gray becomes infatuated by the exquisite portrait that Basil Hallward has painted of him. He makes a Faustian pact that he will remain forever young while the picture grows old. Combining drawing-room comedy and Gothic horror, this is a gripping and hugely entertaining theatrical event.
The Picture of Dorian Gray features a cast familiar from stage and screen including:
Guy Warren-Thomas as Dorian Gray (Spooks The Greater Good, Downton Abbey), Gwynfor Jones as Lord Henry (The Woman In Black in the West End, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Oldham Coliseum), Rupert Mason as Basil Hallward (Eastenders, A Touch of Frost, The Trails of Oscar Wilde for EAC). Helen Keeley as Sybil Vane (The Importance of Being Earnest, London Classic Theatre. To The End, Southwark Playhouse). The production is directed by Peter Craze (Doctor Who, Blake’s Seven) with lighting design by Duncan Hands and set design by Dora Schweitzer.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is supported by Arts Council England and Unity Theatre Trust in association with the charity Stonewall.
Friday 1st May 2015