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Bush Theatre

Theatre, Off-West End Shepherd’s Bush
Bush Theatre
Bush Theatre

Time Out says

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The small but infinitely punchy Bush Theatre programmes a raft of demanding, strong new writing.

The Bush Theatre is closed due to the coronavirus epidemic. At time of writing it was due to reopen April 3 with ‘The Living Room’ (but this seems unlikely).

Having moved from their 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. Until recently, the venue was run by Madani Younis, who presided over a diverse line-up of plays by writers including Vinay Patel and Arinzé Kene, as successor to his comedy-focussed predecessor Josie Rourke. The theatre's new artistic director is Lynette Linton, a playwright and director who was at the helm of a hit production of Lynn Nottage's 'Sweat'. 

Bush Theatre boasts two performance spaces: an 144-seater main house, which can play in traverse, thrust and end-on configurations, and a smaller studio. The shows on offer are generally new plays, with the odd revival of a forgotten late twentieth-century drama. 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. In summer, theatregoers can soak up some rays in the Bush's usually-packed outdoor seating area. 



Address: 7
Uxbridge Road
Shepherd's Bush
W12 8LJ
Transport: Tube: Shepherd’s Bush Market/Shepherd's Bush; Rail: Shepherd's Bush
Price: Various
Opening hours: Check website for show times
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  • Drama Monday May 17 2021 - Saturday June 26 2021
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