The Other Palace
12 Palace Street
London, SW1E 5JA
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Opened: 06 Apr 2017
Booking from: 26 May 2017
Booking until: 27 May 2017
Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes (including interval)
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  • RichardBayton 6"2 male 97 reviews 1 helpful vote
    60% total rating Whisper House, 25th May 2017
    The show was very atmospheric and succeeded in creating an eerie feel to the audience. The music (composed by Spring Awakening's Duncan Sheik) did feel a bit repetitive but since the mood of the piece stayed the same throughout, this was not too much of an issue. I have to give particular praise to Simon Bailey and Niamh Perry who played the ghosts and Simon Lipkin who played the sheriff. Because the piece felt so creepy and subtle throughout, it was tricky at times to follow the story as nothing but it all came together in the end. The set had a clever use of video backgrounds to establish setting and time.
    Sat in Stalls G13
    The view to the stage was fantastic! However, I think since St James' has reopened as 'The Other Palace', there must have been changes to the seats as the legroom is tighter now. The seat itself wasn't quite comfortable and I could see other people around struggling with leg room. As it was not a busy matinee, many people put their legs out to the side to the next seat but I unfortunately didn't have this option (I am 6"2 so leg room for 6"0 or less should not be an issue).
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  • fifilou 5"7 female 175 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating Whisper House, 22nd April 2017
    I really enjoyed how different this show was and how well they put the story across. The actors, especially Stanley Javis playing Christopher, gave incredible performances and I really enjoyed the music style! The set was perfect and the lighting really created the mood. My one comment would be that from my seat the sound felt like it was behind me if that makes sense. Other than that a splendid production again from the other palace!
    Sat in Stalls C27
    This seat is an aisle seat and for this production front row. The seat is also over to the side of the stage. For the most part the location of the seat didn't impact the view as the actors make the most of the round stage and you have a clear view of the whole stage with no restrictions. I also liked that you could see the detail in the sunken centre section. There where moments where an actor playing in the the front centre of the stage obscured the view of another actor but this only happened a few times. I think for this production I would have preferred a central seat to see the whole stage from the front (I don't want to give spoilers). The seat was comfortable and I had plenty of leg room! A great seat for a great price.
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  • TheatreCrazyMum 5'3" female 21 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Whisper House, 26th April 2017
    This is the first time for Whisper House in the West End - a pertinent story set in a lighthouse on the East coast of the US during WWII. It is told by two "ghosts" and 4 alive people with an eery set and wonderful projections of the sea and breaking waves sounds. Excellent acting and singing draw you into the story. Just wish the show had a catchy song to keep you thinking - as Spring Awakening (some composer) has. It was the first time I had learnt this little part of American WWII history - so worth seeing if you can.
    Sat in Stalls E15
    Centre of row, 3rd row from front for this show. Great view of whole stage but also felt involved with the show being close.
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  • imogenbrady 5"3 female 12 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Whisper House, 26th May 2017
    Wonderful show - not really a musical/play in its own right but an immersive combination of the two. Beautiful music played by a small band on-stage left and right and sung by the small cast of 6 actors (Niamh Perry and Simon Bailey are an outstanding pair)!! Amazing use of the stage in this small theatre that really pulls the audience in.
    Sat in Stalls D10
    For this production Row D was the 2nd row (Row C are sat around the front of stage with the floor being at the same level). Fantastic seat - you're not uncomfortably close to the actors but at times they can be an arms reach away! Room enough to cross your legs but if I was any taller it might be a little uncomfortable. Would definitely sit here again.
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Sit anywhere in The Other Palace to get an amazing overall view of the stage! With a steep rake and staggered seats, this intimate theatre ensures that you will get a clear view from wherever you are sat.

Sit in the front few rows to feel completely included in the production, whilst sitting in the middle can achieve a more panoramic view of the stage.

Those who are searching for views on a budget should sit in the rear two rows, which may seem further from the stage but still offers exceptional views.
The Other Palace, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik brought his latest thrilling rock musical to The Other Palace, formerly the St James Theatre. Conceived by Keith Powell, Whisper House is a haunting new musical that features a spellbinding rock score. Having opened in April 2017, Whisper House ran for a limited season until May 27th 2017.

Set at the height of the Second World War, Whisper House takes place inside an eerie lighthouse on the remote and isolated East Coast of America. When Christopher’s father’s plane is shot down, he finds a place to stay at the spooky lighthouse, encountering an Aunt he has never met and a rather mysterious Japanese housekeeper.

When he begins to hear strange whisperings through the walls, he must decide if it’s a friendly sound or something far more sinister… A tale about embracing the unknown and facing your fears, Whisper House combines mesmerising magical illusions with thumping, heart-stopping music that creates a haunting story to touch the soul.

Featuring music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, who is best known for Broadway successes Spring Awakening and American Psycho, Whisper House features a book and additional lyrics by Obie Award-winning Kyle Jarrow.

Whisper House features an exciting cast, including Simon Bailey, Nicholas Goh, Simon Lipkin, Niamh Perry and Dianne Pilkington.

Following the run of The Wild Party, Whisper House is the second production to open at The Other Palace, which was taken over by Andrew Lloyd Webber to present new and rarely seen musicals. Whisper House opened on April 6th and ran until May 27th 2017, having had an official opening on April 18th 2017.
Fans of Spring Awakening will recognise Duncan Sheik’s typical rock score in this mesmerising new production.

Whisper House is not suitable for young children.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for ages 8+