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Credit: St James Theatre
Credit: St James Theatre

00 and His 7, St James Studio – Review

Pros: Lunchtime theatre is a great way to get away from the monotony of the office, relax and breathe in some much needed culture. 00 and His 7 is not something you need to think about or work too hard to watch.

Cons: The small stage at the St James Theatre studio doesn’t really allow for much ballet to actually happen. The story is also quite thin and very predictable.

Pros: Lunchtime theatre is a great way to get away from the monotony of the office, relax and breathe in some much needed culture. 00 and His 7 is not something you need to think about or work too hard to watch. Cons: The small stage at the St James Theatre studio doesn’t really allow for much ballet to actually happen. The story is also quite thin and very predictable. The London Ballet Company’s vision is “to bring a refreshing, quirky and innovative style drawn down from popular culture and topical events; to deliver broader appeal and gain new…

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Good

Great if you want to get 45 minutes away from work and watch a production which is neither taxing nor confusing. However, if you are a ballet fan, it might leave you wanting more.

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The London Ballet Company’s vision is “to bring a refreshing, quirky and innovative style drawn down from popular culture and topical events; to deliver broader appeal and gain new audiences.” Lunchtime theatre is certainly an innovative way to do this: a quick 45 minute production which gives people a taste of ballet as well as a much needed separation from their computer screens. Those who were there probably very much appreciated not being in the office. And there may well be many who really don’t want to try out ballet for the first time by sitting through three hours of Sleeping Beauty. Nonetheless, although this is a good idea, this production didn’t quite hit the mark.

I will admit that I don’t think this was entirely the company’s fault. The small stage very much limited what could actually be done. The parts people enjoy about ballet are the pirouettes, the jumps and graceful movement around the stage. However, with seven cast members on stage at any one time, it was a little too crowded to do anything too impressive, and this meant that the ballet component of the show was lacking. I don’t doubt that the performers are very capable and with a bigger stage, it would be interesting to see what they could do.

The story was that of a normal James Bond film told through comical acting and dancing to the famous theme tunes. Baddie steals diamond necklace from beautiful girl, Bond hunts down baddie, Bond saves the day and wins the girl. The story is, as the basic premise of most Bond films are, pretty predictable and the reveal of the baddie was not a surprise. However, that doesn’t really matter if it means that people who don’t usually get to the theatre enjoy a few minutes of escapism.

I have seen several lunchtime theatre productions at St James Studio which have been very good indeed, so I would recommend going to future productions. When you’re paying under £10 for some entertainment, it is definitely worth a punt. You can even take your own sandwiches!

Director: Sophie Francesca and Olivia Wright
Creative co-ordinator: Francesco Mangiacasale
Producer: The London Ballet Company
Box Office: 0844 264 2140
Booking Link: http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/?eventq=lunchtime+theatre
Book Until: This production is no longer running however the next lunchtime production is Bite-Size Lunchtime Fourplay which is on the 31st March until 4th April.

About Louie Corpe

Louie Corpe
Louie is the co-founder and joint managing editor of Everything Theatre. He met James at university, and this event definitively changed his life for the worst. These days he a Ph.D. student in particle physics working on the Higgs boson's decay to two photons (seriously). He claims that theatre is his only release from an existence of signal-to-background ratios, selection efficiency and C++ programming. His particular preference is for well-executed site-specific productions and anything by Tom Stoppard. He has been widely misquoted as saying he "hates musicals". This is not true. He simply has not yet come across a musical he hasn't disliked.
  • A.S.

    I saw the show an it was really intertaining , I don’t think this review is giving it justice…some of the comments makes me wonder if the reviewer has really watched the show..saing that ballet ( and dance ) is only about pirouette, jumps and graceful movement around the stage it’s just wrong…
    I had fun and I really enjoied the dance movements and the way this young company delivered the story…and I can unsure you I wasn’t alone!
    I think this company is really clever!!