St James Theatre’s studio season announced

London’s St James Theatre has announced the first season for its studio space, which will feature shows from West End performer Sharon D Clarke and comedian Hal Cruttenden.

The St James Studio will incorporate comedy, cabaret and jazz in its autumn programme, by rotating the genres on regular nights each week.

The weekly cabaret show, held each Saturday, will begin with a solo performance from Sharon D Clarke on October 13, plus an extra show on October 14.

American performer Tim Flavin, duo Kit and McConnel and Anna Reid with pianist Stuart Hutchinson will also appear on the bill and will be produced by Richard Douglas Productions.

Comedian, actor and writer Hal Cruttenden and stand-up Nathan Caton will appear as a part of the comedy programme, which will be held every Thursday night, beginning on October 11.

Along with comedy double act Frisky and Mannish, French comedian Marcel Lucont and musical sketch duo Abandoman will perform in association with JV Productions.

Meanwhile, every Friday night the venue will host a jazz performance, commencing on October 12 with Carol Grimes and her band.

Other artists appearing include double bassist Peter Ind, saxophonist Tony Kofi and Greek blues band Mavrika.

Clive Francis will also perform in his one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol, with music and sound by Phillip Sheppard, which will run from December 10 to 12 and December 14 to 16.

The studio, which is the venue’s secondary performance area after the main 312-seat theatre, will hold up to 120 people including an area for 14 VIPs on its mezzanine level.

St James’ associate artistic director James Albrecht said: “Our ambition is to make the St James Studio a major venue for London and the local area in and around Victoria. We aim to present the best in both established and up and coming comedy on Thursdays, to emerge as London’s newest and most exciting Jazz venue on Fridays and bring you acclaimed cabaret on Saturdays.”

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