The small but infinitely punchy Bush Theatre programmes a raft of demanding, strong new writing.
Having finally moved from its notoriously tiny Shepherd's Bush Green venue in 2012, the Bush Theatre is still fulfilling its role as one of London's smallest major theatres in its new home in the old Shepherd's Bush Library. The 144-seat venue is run by Madani Younis, who has kept the programming diverse, but given it a more social bent than his comedy-focussed predecessor Josie Rourke.
The theatre also continues on its search for and support of new writing with the Bush Green initiative, which allows unsolicited playscript submissions.
Ticket prices are in the £15-£20 mark and there are usually concessions and offers on shows, including the three for two season offer. Locals and students also get discounts.
The cosy, welcoming bar and cafe, with its floor to ceiling bookshelves filled with play texts, reminds a little of the original library and the cafe serves up some nice light bites and has free wifi.
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Old Shepherd's Bush Library
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Black Lives, Black Words
The Bush Theatre reopens after a massive, year-long, £4m refit and upgrade with this programme of short plays that muse on the question 'do black lives matter?' Unsurprisingly affiliated with the US movent Black Lives Matter, it's a selection of American...Drama Thursday March 23 2017 - Saturday March 25 2017
Guards At The Taj
After ambitious renovation work, Bush Theatre is returning to form with a play about the even-more-ambitious process of building the Taj Mahal, set in 19th century Agra. Following a year of controversial West End shows including 'The Maids' and 'Doctor...Comedy Friday April 7 2017 - Saturday May 20 2017
While We're Here
Playwright Barney Norris has made a name for himself with bittersweet dramas about ordinary peoples' lives, including dementia story 'Visitors' and 'Eventide', a play set in a struggling village pub. His latest play is a look at two former lovers who...Drama Wednesday April 26 2017 - Saturday May 27 2017
New York performance artist Taylor Mac is best known for wild cabaret, even wilder costumes, and for preferring to be referred to by the pronoun 'judy'. But judy has more up hir sleeves than pop songs: Mac's 'Hir' is a sharp comedy about the space between...Drama Thursday June 15 2017 - Saturday July 22 2017
After being forbidden from leaving his native Iran, Nassim Soleimanpour created international hit drama 'White Rabbit Red Rabbit' to draw attention to censorship and repression. A script is sealed in an envelope, then performed by an actor who's reading...Drama Monday July 24 2017 - Saturday July 29 2017
Ramona Tells Jim
Ramona and Jim had a disastrous teenage holiday romance on a field trip to the Scottish Highlands. Now, fifteen years later, Ramona's back to work out what went wrong. Sophie Wu's 'Ramona Tells Jim' follows her 2014 solo stand-up show 'Sophie Wu is Minging...Drama Wednesday September 20 2017 - Saturday October 21 2017
Of Kith And Kin
Daniel and Oliver are having a baby - with a little help from their best friend Priya. But their plans fall apart when Daniel's straight-talking mother rocks up. This comic look at modern parenthood is directed by Robert Hastie.Comedy Wednesday October 18 2017 - Saturday November 25 2017
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