Who we are
The Other Palace is where our passion for discovering, developing and reinterpreting theatre comes to life. Taking up its own special position within the LW Theatres family, it’s a lively, inventive place; one where bold new ideas are explored, imaginations fired, and the talents of our next-generation of theatre-makers are encouraged, nurtured and celebrated.
With the vision of Andrew Lloyd Webber at its heart, The Other Palace has become an exciting, creative hub for both the aspiring and the accomplished. A destination for everyone from artists and audiences to writers and producers.
The unique experience our venue offers is one we love to share. So, as well as extending an open invitation to a home for original theatrical performances, we’ve also thrown open our doors and laid on award-winning food and drink to warmly welcome everyone.
Alongside dramatic full-scale, work in progress productions – musicals very much included – and live music staged in our 300-seat Main Theatre space, we have more to share at The Other Palace.
There’s our Studio, an intimate ‘blank’ space where writers and producers go to work, trying out and refining new material free from distractions and complicated sets. And where, at the end of the day, audiences of up to 120 people can enjoy a diverse programme of unforgettable entertainment involving everything from cabaret and music, to musical theatre and comedy.
With its lively atmosphere and comfortable surroundings, The Other Gin Palace is a stimulating place to meet friends, family or colleagues for coffee or cocktails. Even to enjoy a gin, of course. And our wonderful in-house restaurant, The Other Naughty Piglet, serves an impressive menu of tantalising dishes.
Whenever you’d like to be part of our extraordinary theatrical experience, you’ll be very welcome at The Other Palace.
The Other Palace has an extraordinary history dating back to 1766 when it began life as the Charlotte Chapel. By 1924 the chapel had fallen into disrepair and was converted into a cinema called the St. James’ Picture Theatre. In 1931 the cinema reopened as the Westminster Theatre, with the chapel’s crypt becoming dressing rooms, green room and stalls bar.
The theatre fell dark in 1990 and after a long campaign to save it from demolition, it was destroyed by a fire in 2002. Following the loss of the theatre, the Theatres Trust and Save London’s Theatres campaign fought continuously to reinstate a theatre on site. In 2009 Westminster council granted planning permission for a theatre to be built.
In 2012 the current theatre opened as St. James Theatre, featuring a 312-seat main theatre and a 120-seat studio theatre. The prominent artistic and social destination offered a varied programme of drama, musical theatre, cabaret and jazz.
St. James Theatre was acquired by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LW Theatres in 2016. After closing its doors in January 2017 for refurbishment, the theatre reopened in Feb 2017 as The Other Palace, the home of musical theatre.
Theatre Manager: Andy Conroy
Artistic Programme Coordinator: Kiki Stevenson
Technical Manager: Chris King
Deputy Technical Manager: Peter Taylor
Technicians: Pav Kucharski, Alistair Lindsay
House Manager: Flo Bourne
Duty Managers: Philip Guille, Sarena McIlwaine, Graeme Russell
Sales and Inventory Managers: Daniel Heley, Vicky Ngoma
Bar Manager: Luke White