Other Palace Studio, London
Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)
Age Restrictions: This production is suitable for ages 12+
Tickets from £24.00
**SAVE ON TICKET PRICES** Valid for all performances 28 September - 15 October 2023. Book by 9AM 19 September 2023.
After a successful Off-Broadway run in 2021, a London fringe run in 2022 hailed by critics as “hilarious” and “ingeniously complex” with “jaw-dropping acrobatic choreography”, and a spring presentation at Paris’ famed Fluctuart gallery on the
Seine which featured renditions from artists around the world of the uniquely structured “trompe l’oeil” lyrics, an updated Trompe L’oeil (T L’O) returns triumphantly to London to The Other Palace this fall.
T L’O blends cabaret, queer theatre, and circus with the trompe l’oeil illusionary art form, all the while pushing lyrical structure in what seem impossible directions - songs that double as anagrams, acrostics or lipograms exemplify an unprecedented linguistic dexterity.
The musical furthermore takes inspiration from a wide range of musical genres redolent with illusion and allusion to challenge even the most discerning audience. With the inevitable cameos of a very camp and confused Trump providing comic counterpoise, T L’O presents a decidedly unique blend of art, culture and politics that, as one critic noted "deserves to be booked out every night."
Other Palace Studio
Other Palace Studio
12 Palace Street
The Other Palace Studio was designed to offer a diverse programme including cabaret, music, musical theatre and comedy.
The Other Palace, formerly known as the St. James Theatre is a London West End theatre, and the first newly built theatre complex in central London for 30 years. It features a 312 seat theatre, a 100 seat studio theatre, a brasserie and lobby bar offering delicious food, fine wines and cocktails. Its location in SW1 alongside Buckingham Palace offers visitors the chance to step away from the crowded pavements of the West End and take sanctuary in the peaceful neighbourhood of the modern St James Theatre.
The Other Palace also incorporates a full broadcast TV facility enabling shows to be broadcast on BSkyB and to a worldwide audiences via online television.
The building was designed by Foster Wilson Architects and features a sculptured staircase designed by international award winning artist designer, Mark Humphrey. Crafted in Pietra Santa, by Porcelli Marmi, where Michelangelo carved David, the work of art staircase celebrates the best of British design alongside Italian craftsmanship.
The Other Palace's Creative Director Robert Mackintosh had been looking for the opportunity to create a smaller, off-Broadway type theatre for smaller shows or show just starting out. He'd felt that London was lacking in this type of venue for some time and so set out to make his dream a reality. Eventually, just the opportunity he had been looking for sprung up: a smaller theatre site on 12 Palace Street. He jumped on it and started developing his vision of the venue's future. The venue ended up being even more than he could have hoped for, not only did it have a theatre but also a studio and space besides for the lobby, bar, brasserie, and all the amenities The Other Palace offers today.
In September 2012 the theatre opened its doors for the first time with a performance of Sandi Toksvig’s Bully Boy, starring Anthony Andrews and Joshua Miles and shortly afterwards the The Other Palace studio space began showcasing excellent comedy, jazz and cabaret
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