In March 2017, following a landmark year taking plays into the communities of West London, the Bush Theatre will return home following a £4.3m revitalisation of the venue. The year-long redevelopment has been driven by Artistic Director Madani Younis.
As work to the building continues, we were invited to see how the re-development is progressing. Watch the video to peek behind the scaffolding and learn more about Madani Younis’ vision for the venue.
From April to November 2017, the Bush Theatre will present three new commissions, three world premieres, two European premieres and one production that will tour nationally.
Guards at the Taj (7 April – 20 May) by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, will receive its European premiere directed by Jamie Lloyd, who makes his Bush directorial debut.
Hir (15 June – 22 July) by Taylor Mac, an artist and writer whose performance launched this year’s LIFT Festival and whose recent 24-Decade History Of Popular Music put him at the forefront of alternative responses to American culture.
Of Kith And Kin (18 October – 25 November) by Chris Thompson, last at the Bush with Albion, will be presented in co-production with Sheffield Theatres and directed by Sheffield Theatres’ new Artistic Director Robert Hastie.
Alongside this, the Bush is announcing the first season of work in its new space, the Studio. This 70-seat theatre will serve to increase the artistic output of the Bush Theatre, and provide a new generation of emerging writers and artists with a flexible, intimate space to create and showcase the best in new writing. The first season will feature three world premieres.
Up In Arms duo, writer Barney Norris and director Alice Hamilton, collaborate once again after the success of Visitors and Eventide with Norris’ new play While We’re Here (26 April – 27 May).
Nassim Soleimanpour returns to the Bush with new play Nassim (24 – 29 July) following his globally acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit, which has been translated into 15 different languages and performed more than 200 times by artists including Sinead Cusack, Ken Loach and Whoopi Goldberg.
Sophie Wu (Kick Ass, Fresh Meat) will be the first graduate of the Bush’s Emerging Writers’ Group, which launched in 2015, to have a full commission produced at the Bush, with the premiere of Ramona Tells Jim (18 September – 21 October).
For more information about the Bush Theatre’s new season and re-development visit the venue’s website.