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St James Theatre - inaugural season

Bully Boy

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ST JAMES Theatre has announced its inaugural season and it includes Bully Boy by Sandi Toksvig; Daddy Long Legs, a new musical by John Caird; Cinderella: A Fairytale, a Christmas show to suit both young and old; and Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker.

The season opens on September 18 with Bully Boy by broadcaster and writer Sandi Toksvig, and runs until October 27, 2012.

Major Oscar Hadley is investigating allegations of gross misconduct within a self-styled ‘Bully Boy’ unit of the British army. When young squaddie, Eddie Clark, from Burnley is interrogated, Oscar begins to discover that ‘truth’ in a modern insurgency can be a point of view rather than a fact.

Bully Boy tackles the challenging moral issues of contemporary military occupation and its effect on the mental health of serving soldiers.

David Gilmore directs a cast that includes Anthony Andrews (The Woman In White, Palace Theatre, My Fair Lady, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Brideshead Revisited, TV) and Joshua Miles.

The season continues with the musical Daddy Long Legs. Written by John Caird, the Tony and Olivier Award-winning co-director of Les Misérables, and based on the classic novel by Jean Webster, it runs from October 31 to December 8, 2012.

Set in the early 1900s in New England, Daddy Long Legs is the vivid account of a young orphan as she blossoms into a beautiful, intelligent and vivacious woman.

An anonymous benefactor gives Jerusha Abbott an opportunity to attend college, requiring that she write to him monthly, even though he will not respond. Her letters to him paint a moving portrait of her former life in the orphanage, and the development of her mind and spirit.

Daddy Long Legs, currently touring the USA, won more awards than any other musical at last year’s Ovation Awards in Los Angeles.

Broadway performer Megan McGinnis will recreate her award-winning performance as Jerusha Abbott, alongside Robert Adelman Hancock. Set and costumes are by Olivier Award-winner David Farley.

For the Christmas season, St James Theatre Productions in association with Tobacco Factory Theatre and Travelling Light are presenting Cinderella: A Fairytale – from December 12 to January 26, 2013.

When a rich man’s wife dies, his daughter Ella mourns her beloved mother with a grief as deep as the snow on her grave. Before the spring sun has time to melt it, her father takes a second wife and their peaceful life is taken over by a host of new and unpleasant relations. Her only friends are the woodland birds who roost in the tree that grows over the grave, but they are no ordinary birds…

Sally Cookson directs a cast that includes Tom Godwin, Craig Edwards, Thomas Eccleshare, Lucy Tuck and Lisa Kerr. Puppet direction is by Chris Pirie, choreography by Joel Daniel, designs by Katie Sykes, lighting by Matt Graham and music by Benji Bower.

The season concludes with Our Country’s Good, which runs from January 30 to March 9, 2013.

Set in Australia in 1789, Our Country’s Good is the true story of a ragbag cast of convicts who put on a play under the guidance of an earnest young marine officer. As the barriers between captors and captives break down, they start to discover each other both onstage and behind the scenes…

Max Stafford-Clark (Top Girls) directs a cast that includes Matthew Needham, Ian Redford and Lisa Kerr.

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For more information, call the box office on 0844 264 2140 or visit www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/.

St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA