Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts

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Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts
Bush DAvies School.jpg
Established 1914
Closed 1989
Type Independent
Founder Pauline Bush
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom Coordinates: 51°08′47″N 0°01′04″W / 51.1464°N 0.0178°W / 51.1464; -0.0178
Website www.bush-davies.com

Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts was a renowned dance and performing arts school in the United Kingdom. Founded by the dance teacher Pauline Bush in Nottingham in 1914,[1] and later with branches in Romford, Essex (until it was bombed out during the Second World War) after which it moved to East Grinstead, the Romford branch continued well into the 70's also, it would become recognised as one of the foremost performing arts schools in the United Kingdom, until its closure in 1989.

In May 1959, Marjorie Davies produced and directed the musical "What Katy Did" by Jo Masters, which starred students of the Bush Davies School with Pat Goh as Katy.

In 1974, Susan Passmore and Raymond Bishop produced the annual July performance 'Time Steps' in celebration of the school's Diamond Jubilee in the Adeline Genee Theatre, the beginning of a long and glorious partnership. The 330-seat theatre opened in 1967 on land gifted by the school with a performance of "Coppelia". Dame Adeline Genee had cut the first turf herself. The school staged an annual production each summer, playing for a week each time to packed houses. The Theatre was demolished shortly after the school closed, after a battle with the property developers and council.

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  1. ^ "Bush Telegraph", Bush-Davies School, East Grinstead, July 1974