Bite-sized theatre on offer from St James Studio


The St James Studio has a lively lunch-time theatre programme lined up for the summer with both Bite-Size Theatre and Butterfly providing the workers of London Victoria some respite from the daily grind.

Lunchtime Theatre at the Palace Street venue, starts with Fourplay 2, a selection of plays and comedies from the critically acclaimed international touring show, Bite-Size Comedies A La Carte. Running from Monday until May 23 at 1pm.

Butterfly bring the award winning Neil Simon’s riotous comedy California Suite with Part I playing June 2-6 at midday and 1pm with Part II June 16–20.

The play follows the misadventures of four groups of guests who have checked in to the swanky Beverley Hills Hotel. Same room, different dilemmas.

Meanwhile its evening programme includes a Doctor Who musical, I Need A Doctor: The Whosical, running May 25-27 with matinees each day.

The unauthorised Doctor Who musical comedy sees Doctor-loving super-I Need A Doctorfans Jamie and Jess putting on a musical about their time-travelling hero.

But how do you write a Doctor Who musical without getting shut down by the BBC?

Watch as our heroes battle with copyright-free villains the ‘Exterminators’ and ‘Cyber-Gents’ in this musical comedy hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2013.

There is also the critically acclaimed stand-up comedy adaptation of the infamous Tristram Shandy and the remarkable and tragic story of Mata Hari, the famous WWI concubine who was tried and sentenced to death by firing squad on charges of espionage.

Laurence Sterne’s classic novel, Tristram Shandy: Conception, Cock and Bull, runs from June 10-June 14.

Stephen Oxley plays 18th century raconteur Tristram Shandy in an acclaimed 21st century adaptation by him of the famous novel.

With all the wit, bawdy humour and digressions of the original, Tristram regales his audience with tales of his own conception and birth, his opinionated father and the love affair of his gentle, battle-obsessed Uncle Toby with the voluptuous Widow Wadman.

Out of her unique association with Steven Berkoff, Linda Marlowe presents, Berkoff’s Women,on June 15, a theatrical exploration of sensuality, revenge, pathos, heart-breaking loneliness and riotous humour.

Mata Hari (June 17) is based on verbatim from letters and interviews. Directed by Dean Stalham.

The courtesan and exotic dancer was the most famous femme fatale of her day. In 1917, she as imprisoned, accused of espionage and, awaiting death by French firing squad, she reflects on her life.

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