Bush Theatre

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Bush Theatre
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Bush Theatre
Address Shepherd's Bush
London, W12
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°30′19″N 0°13′33″W / 51.505277°N 0.225939°W / 51.505277; -0.225939
Public transit London Underground Shepherd's Bush Market
Owner Alternative Theatre Company
Type Studio theatre
Capacity 144
Production Seasons of guest and commissioned productions
Opened 1972; 44 years ago (1972)
Website
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 produced hundreds of groundbreaking premieres, many of them Bush Theatre commissions, and hosted guest productions by leading companies and artists from across the world.

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.

Madani Younis took over as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2012. In 2013 he programmed the company's most successful season to date, which saw the theatre play to 99% capacity.

The Bush Theatre's 2013 production of Pulitzer Prize for Drama winning Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar.

New writing[edit]

The Playwriting Department at the Bush Theatre is committed to discovering the best new plays from playwrights from the widest range of backgrounds and therefore seek unsolicited submissions from playwrights throughout the year in dedicated script windows. The Bush is a proud champion of playwrights with a keen interest in those voices not often heard and reflecting the contemporary culture ofLondon, the UK and beyond. The Department receives nearly 2000 scripts a year from new and established playwrights all of which are read and considered for production or development at the Bush.[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]

This is a list of selected productions of the Bush Theatre:[11]

Bibliography[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. ^ "BushGreen", Bush Theatre 
  10. ^ Burkey, Neil (2011). "Close-Up Magic": 40 Years at the Bush Theatre. Google Books. London: Profile Books Limited. ISBN 978-1906-50765-7. 
  11. ^ https://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/past-productions/
  12. ^ "Snookered", Bush Theatre, 2012 
  13. ^ "Chalet Lines", Bush Theatre, 2012 
  14. ^ "The Beloved", Bush Theatre, 2012 
  15. ^ "Mad About The Boy", Bush Theatre, 2012 
  16. ^ "Fear", Bush Theatre, 2012 
  17. ^ "Our New Girl", Bush Theatre Archive, 2012 
  18. ^ "The Kitchen Sink", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  19. ^ "Sixty-Six Books", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  20. ^ "This is where we got to when you came in", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  21. ^ "Where's My Seat", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  22. ^ "In The Beginning", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  23. ^ "Moment", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  24. ^ "Little Platoons", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  25. ^ "The Knowledge", Bush Theatre Archive, 2011 
  26. ^ "My Romantic History", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  27. ^ "The Aliens", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  28. ^ "The Great British Country Fete", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  29. ^ "Like A Fishbone", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  30. ^ "A Little Gem", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  31. ^ "Eigengrau", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  32. ^ "The Whisky Taster", Bush Theatre Archive, 2010 
  33. ^ "The Contingency Plan", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  34. ^ "The Stefan Golazewski Plays", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  35. ^ "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  36. ^ "Sea Wall", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  37. ^ "2nd May 1997", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  38. ^ "suddenlossdinity.com", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  39. ^ "Apologia", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  40. ^ "Stovepipe", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  41. ^ "Wrecks", Bush Theatre Archive, 2009 
  42. ^ "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover At Christmas", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  43. ^ "I Caught Crabs in walberwsick", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  44. ^ "Broken Space Season", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  45. ^ "Turf", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  46. ^ "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  47. ^ "2,000 Feet Away", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  48. ^ "Tinderbox", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  49. ^ "Artefacts", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  50. ^ "Helter Skelter/Land of the Dead", Bush Theatre Archive, 2008 
  51. ^ "tHe dYsFUnCKshOnalZ!", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  52. ^ "How To Curse", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  53. ^ "Flight Path", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  54. ^ "Trance", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  55. ^ "Elling", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  56. ^ "Tom Fool", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  57. ^ "I Like Mine With a Kiss", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  58. ^ "Product: World Remix", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  59. ^ "What Would Judas Do", Bush Theatre Archive, 2007 
  60. ^ "Whipping It Up", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  61. ^ "Bones", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  62. ^ "Pumpgirl", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  63. ^ "Cruising", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  64. ^ "Crooked", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  65. ^ "Trad", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  66. ^ "Christmas Is Miles Away", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  67. ^ "Try These On For International Size", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  68. ^ "Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers Of The Qur'an", Bush Theatre Archive, 2006 
  69. ^ "When You Cure Me", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  70. ^ "Bottle Universe", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  71. ^ "After the End", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  72. ^ "The Obituary Show", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  73. ^ "Kingfisher Blue", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  74. ^ "Mammals", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  75. ^ "Take Me Away", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  76. ^ "Bites", Bush Theatre Archive, 2005 
  77. ^ "Going Donkeys", Bush Theatre Archive, 2004 
  78. ^ "How Love Is Spelt", Bush Theatre Archive, 2004 
  79. ^ "Damages", Bush Theatre Archive, 2004 
  80. ^ "Adrenalin...Heart", Bush Theatre Archive, 2004 
  81. ^ "One Minute", Bush Theatre Archive, 2004 
  82. ^ "Christmas", Bush Theatre Archive, 2004 
  83. ^ "The God Botherers", Bush Theatre Archive, 2003 
  84. ^ "Airsick", Bush Theatre Archive, 2003 
  85. ^ "Nine Parts of Desire", Bush Theatre Archive, 2003 
  86. ^ "Little Baby Nothing", Bush Theatre Archive, 2003 
  87. ^ "Disco Pigs", Bush Theatre Archive, 1997 
  88. ^ "Love and Understanding", Bush Theatre Archive, 2003 
  89. ^ "St Nicholas", Bush Theatre Archive, 1997 
  90. ^ "All of You Mine", Bush Theatre Archive, 1997 
  91. ^ "Dreams of San Francisco", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  92. ^ "Tattoo Theatre", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  93. ^ "The Mystery of the Rose Bouquet", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  94. ^ "Effies Burning", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  95. ^ "People Show No 92 Whistle Stop", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  96. ^ "Love Field", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  97. ^ "More Light", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  98. ^ "An Imitation of Life", Bush Theatre Archive, 1987 
  99. ^ "The Oven Glove Murders", Bush Theatre Archive, 1986 
  100. ^ "Making Noise Quietly", Bush Theatre Archive, 1986 
  101. ^ "Hard Feelings", Bush Theatre Archive, 1983 
  102. ^ "The Relief of Martha King", Bush Theatre Archive, 1972 
  103. ^ "Christmas Carol", Bush Theatre Archive, 1972 
  104. ^ "Plays for Rubber Gogo", Bush Theatre Archive, 1972 

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