“Other People” at St James Theatre

Lunchtime theatre returns to the St James Theatre this month, with Lightbox Theatre’s 50-minute show, Other People.

Since it opened in 2012, the St James Theatre has developed quite an audience for lunchtime shows. These are timed to fit into the space of a lunch hour, and the theatre allows audience members to bring their own lunch – a real boon for busy office workers. With tickets priced at just £8-10, lunchtime theatre is a great refresher in the middle of the working day, and the perfect chance to catch a show without having to pay a babysitter!

Other People, which runs in the St James Studio from 20-25 June 2016, is a double-bill of comedies by Alan Ayckbourn and John Mortimer. Lightbox Theatre, the company behind the show, specialises in telling stories that are untold or overlooked, and have had great success with their revivals at the Finborough Theatre in West London. With Other People they wanted to introduce audiences to lesser-known works by well-known writers.

Whilst Alan Ayckbourn’s full-length plays are produced all over the world, all the time, it’s much less common to see his one-act plays being produced professionally. Likewise, we’re all familiar with John Mortimer’s Rumpole, but his short comic plays are much less well-known. So the show will include Alan Ayckbourn’s Countdown, directed by Lora Davies, and John Mortimer’s Mill Hill, directed by Emma Faulkner. Funny and light-hearted, these are plays to lift the spirits… and keep you thinking through the afternoon.

Rather surprisingly, there are very few venues that programme shows during the day. So the St James Theatre, with its regular lunchtime theatre, is just another of the many reasons to love living and working in SW1.

Other People

20-25 June 2016

1pm (running time 50 minutes)

£8 in advance or £10 on the door.

Bookings: https://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/book-tickets/?event=30916

Box office: 0844 264 2140

Other People

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