Theatreland Memorabilia

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St. James Theatre

Originally built in 1766 as the Charlotte Chapel. Converted in 1923 to the St. James's Picture Theatre and operated as a cinema until being transformed into the Westminster Theatre in 1932. Destroyed by fire in 2002, finally re-opened in 2012 as St. James Theatre.
Home of J. B. Priestley and Ronald Jeans' London Mask Theatre 1938-1946.

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As Westminister Theatre (1932 - 2002)
DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
1932 (opening show)The Anatomist
Author: James Bridie. Director: Tyrone Guthrie
Cast included: Flora Dobson
1932Six Characters in Search of an Author
Author: Pirandello
Cast included: Flora Robson (daughter)
1930sUnknown
Author: W. H, Auden
1930sUnknown
Author: Isherwood
1930sUnknown
Author: Spencer
1930sUnknown
Author: MacNiece
1939The Family Reunion
Author: T.S. Eliot
1940Cornelius
Author: J. B. Priestley. Director: Henry Cass
~1945/6Abraham Lincoln
Author: John Drinkwater. Director: Henry Cass
Cast included: Stephen Murray, Paul Scofield
1946The Forgotten Factor
Author: Alan Thornhill
1949 - 1950 (416 performances)Black Chiffon
Cast included: Flora Robson
1953 - 1954 (425 performances)Dial M for Murder
Cast included: Andrew Cruickshank
11th December 1956 - ?Mrs. Gibbons' Boys
Authors: Will Glickman & Joseph Stein. Director: Hugh Goldie
1961The Hurricane & The Ladder
Author: Peter Howard
1962Music At Midnight
Authors: Peter Howard and Alan Thornhill
Cast included: Nora Swinburne
1963Through The Garden Wall
Cast included: Phyllis Konstam
1963The Diplomats
Director: Henry Cass
1964Mr. Brown Comes Down the Hill
Author: Peter Howard
1964 onwards (for 11 Christmas Seasons)Give A Dog A Bone
By Peter Howard
1965Mr. Wilberforce, MP
Author: Alan Thornhill
9th February 1967 - ?Happy Deathday
Author: Peter Howard. Director: Henry Cass
Cast included: Godfrey Kenton, Robert Hartley
1967 - 1968 (399 performances)Annie
By Alan Thornhill
Cast included: Margaret Burton
1969High Diplomacy
By Alan Thornhill and Hugh Steadman Williams
Cast included: Muriel Smith
1970sCross Road
1970sGB
1970sSong of Asia
1970sLove All
1970sRelative Values
Author: Noel Coward
Cast included: Margaret Lockwood
1970sOh Kay
P.G. Wodehouse and George Gershwin
1970sTarantara, Tarantara
Author: Ian Taylor
Bristol Old Vic production
1970sHappy as a Sandbag
Author: Ken Lee
1970sFollow The Star
Chichester Festival Theatre production
1970sRide, Ride
Aldersgate Productions
1970sSentenced to Life
Aldersgate Productions
~1978Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Musical Theatre Company
28th May 1979 - ?The Mikado
By Gilbert and Sullivan. Director: Ken Hill
Musical Theatre Company
29th October 1979 - 19th January 1980Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Musical Theatre Company production

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As St. James Theatre (2012 - now)
DateShowProgramme in our eBay Store?
7th September - 16th October 2016The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Early history of theatre from article in The Mikado 1979 programme