Redeveloped Bush Theatre

Bush Theatre is set to re-open in March, with the new season starting in April and finishing in November 2017.

The redevelopment that started in 2016, will make the theatre more sustainable and accessible, with a new entrance, front-of-house area and exterior garden terrace.

The expansion is said to see an audience growth of 16,000 to 60,000, an increase in the programme of around 60 per cent, and the number of artists is said to increase by 50 per cent.

Artistic director, Madani Younis, has announced details for next year’s season at the redeveloped theatre, which will start in April.

The theatre season will present three new commissions, three world premieres, two European premieres and one production that will tour nationally.

Among some of the productions that the new season will host are: Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph; Hir by Taylor Mac; Of Kith and Kin by Chris Thompson; While We’re Here by Barney Norris and Alice Hamilton; Nassim by Nassim Soleimanpour; and Ramona Tells Jim by Sophie Wu.

Ahead of the new season, the theatre will launch a week-long celebration called Making Space which will reflect on Bush Theatre’s wider ambition for the future of theatre.

Making Space will give the community a first look at the work by Associate Artists and the Emerging Writers’ Group and will showcase Black Lives, Black Words.

The Bush Theatre is also launching a new talent development strategy which has been designed to improve the diversity and quality of artists and artistic leadership in the UK. 

Additionally, a two year programme will be run called UP NEXT which will focus on the next generation of BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) artists.

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