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Alternative Theatre Company

The Bush Theatre is an internationally-renowned centre for developing new writing and writers, bringing the best in homegrown and international talent to London audiences. The company also continues to develop its national and international touring role. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £492,427
  • 2013-2014: £503,753
  • 2014-2015: £516,850

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Islands by Caroline Horton | Trailer

The rules are important. Our job is to maximize the size of the “cherry” pie. Yours is to be quiet. Shhh. DON’T SCRATCH. Islands is an ink black comedy from Caroline Horton about tax havens, enormous greed, and the few who have it all. 15 Jan - 21 Feb Read more: Presented by the Bush Theatre and Caroline Horton & Co with China Plate. Commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and Harlow Playhouse. Islands has been developed in consultation with specialist economic advisers including John Christensen of The Tax Justice Network. Funded by Arts Council England and kindly supported by the Unity Theatre Trust and developed with the support of Oxford Playhouse, the Peggy Ramsey Foundation, National Theatre Studio and South Street Arts Centre. Developed through Fuel’s Jerwood Residencies at Cove Park which are supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Visitors | live audience reaction

The response from audience and critics to Visitors by Barney Norris has been overwhelming. Don't miss out on the chance to see this ★★★★★ show starring Linda Bassett. There are only some dates left with availability. It must end 10 January:

Visitors | Interview with Barney Norris and Eleanor Wyld

Barney Norris, playwright of Visitors, and Eleanor Wyld who plays Kate, talk about the play. Visitors has been receiving ★★★★★ rave reviews - it runs at the Bush until 10 January:

#RADAR2014 | interview with Brigitte Aphrodite

Here's BRILLIANT Brigitte Aphrodite, writer and performer of My Beautiful Black Dog, which is a new piece of gig-theatre for people interested in music, comedy, poetry, theatre – and the difficult and beauteous complexity of our mental health. A poetry rock musical tackling a serious subject in a joyous celebration of music and words. For more info about RADAR:

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#RADAR2014 | interview with Jon Spooner

Meet Jon Spooner co-creator of, and performer in Am I Dead Yet? the new show from Unlimited Theatre who were last at the Bush with MONEY the game show. For more info:

#RADAR2014 | interview with Karla Crome, writer of Mush and Me

We've cornered some of the amazing artists involved in our festival of new writing, RADAR, to tell us a bit about themselves and what they're most looking forward to at the festival! Next up is Karla Crome, writer of Mush and Me. For more info about the festival:

#RADAR 2014 | interview with the designer

At the meet and greet for everyone taking part in RADAR, our festival of new writing, we cornered some of the amazing artists involved to tell us a bit about themselves and what they're most looking forward to at the festival! First up is Harry Whitham, who is a performance designer and artist and winner of the IdeasTap brief to transform our front of house and auditorium for RADAR. For more info about the festival:

#RADAR2014 | the pulse of new writing

RADAR is the Bush Theatre's annual festival of new writing, featuring new shows, stirring sneak peeks and a host of late-night events. 6 - 21 November: Backing track: “One Fine Day” (by The Insider)

Albion | audience reaction #2

There are only two and a bit weeks left of ALBION, Chris Thompson's explosive new play, directed by Ria Parry, that has been thrilling, entertaining and even scaring our audiences! More about Albion:

Albion | audience reaction #1

Albion by Chris Thompson | directed by Ria Parry Bush Theatre 12 September – 25 October 2014 This explosive new play examines the turbulent rise of the far right in modern day Britain. When they embrace diversity, just how far can the far right go?

Albion | Trailer

Check out our brand new trailer for the world premiere of Chris Thompson's Albion, directed by Ria Parry. Trailer stars Tony Clay who plays Jayson. MORE INFO AND TO BOOK:

Albion | Interview with the Playwright

Playwright Chris Thompson discusses his new play Albion, an explosive look at the turbulent rise of the new far right in modern Britain. Bush Theatre | 12 September - 25 October 2014 | £10 - £19.50 For more info and to book:

Perseverance Drive | Interview with the Playwright & Director

Epic family drama Perseverance Drive runs at the Bush Theatre from 4 July - 16 August. We've caught up with director, Madani Younis, and playwright, Robin Soans, to talk about the play.

Perseverance Drive by Robin Soans | Trailer

In the heat of the Caribbean sun and to the familiar sound of gospel hymns, the Gillard family prepares for the funeral of mother Grace. Widowed Eli wants to sell the family home on Perseverance Drive, but Grace's will reveals a different plan. Dates: Wed 14 May - Sat 21 Jun Tickets: £10 - £19.50 For more info and to book tickets:

Perseverance Drive: Gospel Music in the Show

Musical Arranger and leader of the London Community Gospel Choir Rev. Bazil Meade talks about gospel music in the show alongside Director Madani Younis. Perseverance Drive opens at the Bush Theatre on 4 July 2014. For more information and to book tickets, visit:

BushGreen Live Launch

The first BushGreen Live event brought together a range of voices including Akala (MOBO award-winning hip hop artist), Anthony Anaxagorou (poet, performer, writer), and Jumoké Fashola (broadcaster and vocalist) to illuminate the themes explored in Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud to Present... For upcoming events:

INCOGNITO by Nick Payne | Teaser Trailer

Incognito arrives here at the Bush this week! Watch this teaser trailer and book in: Dates: Wed 14 May - Sat 21 Jun Tickets: £10 - £19.50

Incognito: Interview with Nick Payne

We caught up with writer Nick Payne to discuss his new play, Incognito, ahead of its run at the Bush Theatre. Incognito runs from 14 May - 21 June. For tickets:


Not only did WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT... receive a ★★★★★ review in the Metro (press vid coming soon), but it also opened to glowing digital acclaim! Here's a roundup.

We Are Proud to Present...: Critical Acclaim from the US

We Are Proud to Present... was in New York Magazine's 'Top 10 Theater Picks of 2012' and won great acclaim in productions across America. Ahead of our production, we've collated just some of the feedback from the States here.

WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT... interview blooper

The danger of giving your play a very long title is that you'll be made to say it on film. A lot. Here's We Are Proud to Present... playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury adorably messing it up.

WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT... interview with Jackie Sibblies Drury and Gbolahan Obisesan

Writer of WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT... Jackie Sibblies Drury has landed in London from NYC to join the cast in their last week of rehearsals. We caught up with both Jackie and director Gbolahan Obisesan to ask them all about the play. WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT... by Jackie Sibblies Drury Bush Theatre 28 Feb - 12 Apr Book tickets: "I'm not doing a German accent You aren't doing an African accent We aren't doing accents" WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT... was in New York Magazine's 'Top 10 Theater Picks of 2012' and won great acclaim in productions across America. This European premiere production marks Gbolahan Obisesan's return to the Bush Theatre where his Fringe First award-winning play MAD ABOUT THE BOY sold out in 2011.

Introducing 2014 at the Bush

Our 2014 season includes new plays by Jackie Sibblies Drury, Nick Payne, Robin Soans and Chris Thompson. The season also sees the return of RADAR, the Bush's annual festival of new writing. View the whole season here:

2013 at the Bush Theatre

Our 2013 sell-out season brought together the best emerging talent alongside some of the biggest names in the industry and received critical acclaim across the board.

CIPHERS | a play by Dawn King

Showing at the Bush Theatre, 14 Jan - 8 Feb An Out of Joint, Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre co-production. "Most of what she told me about herself is a cover story. She is a British Intelligence Officer. How far would she go to get information out of me? The answer is, quite far..." A young woman is found dead. Her sister sets out to find out what happened, and stumbles into a world of secrets and subterfuge that makes her question who Justine really was. How well can you ever know someone who lies for a living? Dawn King's debut play Foxfinder was "thrillingly original" (Time Out), "a contender for new play of the year" (Guardian) and a "spell-binding dystopian parable" (Independent). Now, in Ciphers, she has written a smart and provocative thriller about spies, double agents, and the opaqueness of the human soul. Directed by the award-winning "rising directorial star" (Time Out) Blanche McIntyre. MORE:

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