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The small but infinitely punchy Bush Theatre programmes a raft of demanding, strong new writing.
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.
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Lynette Linton’s first show as artistic director of the Bush is also the latest play in the theatre’s ongoing ‘Passing the Baton’ series, dedicated to restaging neglected or forgotten works by artists of colour. Jackie Kay – the Scottish poet laureate...Drama Until Saturday October 5 2019
Scottish comedian and writer Richard Gadd had a big hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe with 'Monkey See Monkey Do', a sweat-drippingly intense show performed on a treadmill. It was a performance that sat on the fringes of theatre, so maybe it's unsurprising...Comedy Wednesday October 9 2019 - Saturday November 9 2019
Following his hit productions of 'The Brothers Size' and 'Barber Shop Chronicles', director Bijan Sheibani has written his first play. 'The Arrival' follows two men who discover that they share unlikely resemblances, from the way they look down to their...Drama Thursday November 21 2019 - Saturday January 18 2020
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Zia Ahmed's debut play is a love story that follows Ella and Haseeb, and a relationship that's split between two religions and two cities. 'I Wanna Be Yours' is fully BSL integrated, and is directed by Anna Himali Howard.Drama Wednesday December 4 2019 - Saturday January 18 2020
Margaret Perry's 'Collapsible' is a monologue that follows a woman whose girlfriend has left, leaving her feeling as flimsy as a folding chair. It's coming the the Bush's studio after a run at Vault festival earlier in the year, in a production directed...Drama Wednesday February 5 2020 - Saturday March 14 2020
Actor Malachi Kirby has won plaudits for his leading roles in slavery narrative 'Roots' and 'Black Mirror'. Now his debut play is being produced at Bush Theatre. 'Level Up' follows a boy trying to succeed in a world that's loaded against him. It's directed...Drama Friday May 1 2020 - Saturday June 6 2020
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