Bush Theatre

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Bush Theatre
Passmore Edwards Library Shepherds Bush.jpg
The new home of the Bush Theatre: the old Shepherds Bush Public Library on the Uxbridge Road
Address 7 Uxbridge Road, London W12 8LJ
Hammersmith and Fulham, London
Coordinates 51°30′19″N 0°13′33″W / 51.505277°N 0.225939°W / 51.505277; -0.225939
Owner The Alternative Theatre Company
Type Studio theatre
Capacity 144 seats (81 seats at previous site)
Production Seasons of guest and commissioned productions
Opened 1972
Website
www.bushtheatre.co.uk

The Bush Theatre is based in Shepherd's Bush, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. It was established in 1972 and has since become one of the most celebrated new writing theatres in the world.

A seedbed for the best new playwrights, many of whom have gone on to become established names in the industry, The Bush has won over 100 awards, and also continues to attract major acting and directing talent, regularly touring its work nationally and internationally and transferring productions into the West End.

Artistic Directors[edit]

Venue[edit]

The Bush Theatre's Original Home (2005)

In 1972 the theatre was established above The Bush public house on the corner of Goldhawk Road and Shepherd's Bush Green, in what was once the dance studio of Lionel Blair. It was established by a maverick actor, Brian McDermott, who used to tour the Fringe.[6] The venue, despite its fame and massive output, was intimate, only holding a maximum audience of approximately 80.

In November 2010, the Bush Theatre announced it would be leaving its home of nearly forty years and moving to the old Passmore Edwards Public Library building, round the corner from its own home, on Uxbridge Road.[7]

The move took place in 2011 and opened with the "Sixty-Six Books" project.[8] This was a celebration of the anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, which used 66 different writers, many of whom were veterans of the Bush.

New writing[edit]

The Bush runs a Writers Development Programme, with an open script submissions policy, and reads over 1,000 scripts each year. The theatre looks for exciting new voices that tell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion, and champions work that is both provocative and entertaining.[9]

Book[edit]

To celebrate 40 years of the Bush Theatre, "Close-Up Magic": 40 Years at the Bush Theatre[10] was published, charting the history of the theatre and including contributions from past directors, actors, writers and audience members.

Productions[edit]

Selected past productions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jenny Topper and Nicky Pallot", 40 Years of Close Up Magic 
  2. ^ "Interview with Mike Bradwell", The British Theatre Guide 
  3. ^ "Interview with Mike Bradwell", The British Theatre Guide 
  4. ^ "Josie Rourke New Artistic Director", The Stage 
  5. ^ "Madani Younis New Artistic Director", News (BBC) 
  6. ^ "Brian McDermott", The Times (obituary) 
  7. ^ "Bush Theatre New Home", Official London Theatre 
  8. ^ "24 Hour Events", Sixty-Six Books, Bush Theatre.
  9. ^ "Bush Writers Programme", Bush Theatre 
  10. ^ "Bush Theatre Book", Bush Theatre, http://www.bushtheatrebook.com/ 
  11. ^ "Snookered", Bush Theatre, 2012 
  12. ^ "Chalet Lines", Bush Theatre, 2012 
  13. ^ "The Beloved", Bush Theatre, 2012 
  14. ^ "Mad About The Boy", Bush Theatre, 2012 
  15. ^ "Fear", Bush Theatre, 2012 
  16. ^ "Our New Girl", Bush Theatre Archive, 2012 
  17. ^ "The Kitchen Sink", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  18. ^ "Sixty Six Books", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  19. ^ "This is where we got to when you came in", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  20. ^ "Where's My Seat", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  21. ^ "In The Beginning", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  22. ^ "Moment", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  23. ^ "Little Platoons", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  24. ^ "The Knowledge", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  25. ^ "My Romantic History", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  26. ^ "The Aliens", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  27. ^ "The Great British Country Fete", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  28. ^ "Like A Fishbone", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  29. ^ "A Little Gem", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  30. ^ "Eigengrau", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  31. ^ "The Whisky Taster", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  32. ^ "The Contingency Plan", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  33. ^ "The Stefan Golazewski Plays", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  34. ^ "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  35. ^ "Sea Wall", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  36. ^ "2nd May 1997", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  37. ^ "suddenlossdinity.com", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  38. ^ "Apologia", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  39. ^ "Stovepipe", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  40. ^ "Wrecks", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  41. ^ "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover At Christmas", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  42. ^ "I Caught Crabs in walberwsick", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  43. ^ "Broken Space Season", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  44. ^ "Turf", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  45. ^ "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  46. ^ "2,000 Feet Away", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  47. ^ "Tinderbox", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  48. ^ "Artefacts", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  49. ^ "Helter Skelter/Land of the Dead", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  50. ^ "tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ!", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  51. ^ "How To Curse", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  52. ^ "Flight Path", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  53. ^ "Trance", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  54. ^ "Elling", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  55. ^ "Tom Fool", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  56. ^ "I Like Mine With a Kiss", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  57. ^ "Product: World Remix", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  58. ^ "What Would Judas Do", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  59. ^ "Whipping It Up", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  60. ^ "Bones", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  61. ^ "Pumpgirl", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  62. ^ "Cruising", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  63. ^ "Crooked", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  64. ^ "Trad", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  65. ^ "Christmas Is Miles Away", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  66. ^ "Try These On For International Size", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  67. ^ "Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers Of The Qur'an", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  68. ^ "When You Cure Me", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  69. ^ "Bottle Universe", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  70. ^ "After the End", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  71. ^ "The Obituary Show", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  72. ^ "Kingfisher Blue", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  73. ^ "Mammals", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  74. ^ "Take Me Away", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  75. ^ "Bites", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  76. ^ "Going Donkeys", Bush Theatre Archive, 2004 
  77. ^ "How Love Is Spelt", Bush Theatre Archive, 2004 
  78. ^ "Damages", Bush Theatre Archive, 2004 
  79. ^ "Adrenalin...Heart", Bush Theatre Archive, 2004 
  80. ^ "One Minute", Bush Theatre Archive, 2004 
  81. ^ "Christmas", Bush Theatre Archive, 2004 
  82. ^ "The God Botherers", Bush Theatre Archive, 2003 
  83. ^ "Airsick", Bush Theatre Archive, 2003 
  84. ^ "Nine Parts of Desire", Bush Theatre Archive, 2003 
  85. ^ "Little Baby Nothing", Bush Theatre Archive, 2003 
  86. ^ "Disco Pigs", Bush Theatre Archive, 1997 
  87. ^ "Love and Understanding", Bush Theatre Archive, 2003 
  88. ^ "St Nicholas", Bush Theatre Archive, 1997 
  89. ^ "All of You Mine", Bush Theatre Archive, 1997 
  90. ^ "Dreams of San Francisco", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  91. ^ "Tattoo Theatre", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  92. ^ "The Mystery of the Rose Bouquet", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  93. ^ "Effies Burning", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  94. ^ "People Show No 92 Whistle Stop", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  95. ^ "Love Field", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  96. ^ "More Light", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  97. ^ "An Imitation of Life", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  98. ^ "The Oven Glove Murders", Bush Theatre Archive, 1986 
  99. ^ "Making Noise Quietly", Bush Theatre Archive, 1986 
  100. ^ "Hard Feelings", Bush Theatre Archive, 1983 
  101. ^ "The Relief of Martha King", Bush Theatre Archive, 1972 
  102. ^ "Christmas Carol", Bush Theatre Archive, 1972 
  103. ^ "Plays for Rubber Gogo", Bush Theatre Archive, 1972 

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