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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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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.

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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:

Jumpers For Goalposts: interview with Tom Wells & James Grieve

Here's a little interview with the ever so lovely Tom Wells & James Grieve, the writer and director (respectively) of Jumpers for Goalposts which is on at the Bush until 4 January. For tickets:

RADAR 2013: Signals from the new writing world, 6 - 21 November

RADAR returns to the Bush Theatre, shining a spotlight on the hottest new writing talent and exploring the urgent questions facing theatre today. Join us for a festival of stimulating talks, intriguing sneak peeks and inspiring shows. For more info and to buy tickets: Ty - 'Playing With Fire' Written by B. Chijioke & A. Horley. Used with kind permission from Tru Thoughts Records.

An interview with Rory Kinnear

Rory Kinnear talks about his debut play THE HERD, opening at the Bush Theatre on 13 September.

Meet the Playwright: Cush Jumbo

Cush Jumbo, playwright and star of JOSEPHINE AND I, talks about the legacy of Jazz sensation Josephine Baker

Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar

The UK premiere and Bush Theatre production of Pulitzer Prize winning Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar. 17 May - 22 June 020 8743 5050

Three Birds Vox Pops

Have a look at what audiences are saying about Three Birds and get a sneak peek of the show. Three Birds finishes 20 April. 020 8743 5050

Meet the THREE BIRDS cast

We interview the cast of THREE BIRDS, Susan Wokoma, Michaela Coel and Jahvel Hall. The Bruntwood Prize Winning show by Janice Okoh plays at the Bush Theatre until 20 April. | 020 8732 5050

Meet the Playwright: Ayad Akhtar, writer of Disgraced

Playwright and author Ayad Akhtar speaks about his debut play Disgraced which opens at the Bush on 17 May. Disgraced tells the story of Amir Kapoor - a hotshot Manhattan lawyer on the verge of a dream promotion. But when Amir and his artist wife Emily host an intimate dinner party, an innocent conversation escalates into something far more damaging. 17 May - 22 June Box office 020 8743 5050

MONEY the game show - performance footage and vox pops

MONEY the game show has now opened at the Bush and is thrilling critics and audiences who had been getting stuck into gambling with the £10,000 pound coins in the show. Have a sneak peek of the show to see what all the fuss is about.

MONEY the game show

Casino and Queenie used to be hedge fund managers. Before the financial crisis of 2008, that is. Now, in an inspired - or desperate - career move, they've turned to performance art to share their stories of how to make (and lose) billions from economic downturn. Playing with £10,000 in real pound coins, you are invited to bet long, short and hedge, as game show hosts Casino and Queenie challenge you to play a series of high stake games that demonstrate how the world's economic system came to the brink of collapse. So, risk takers to the front, risk averse to the back. Welcome to MONEY the game show. The Bush teams up with Unlimited Theatre to take a playful and politically sharp look at the roots of the financial crisis and its ongoing impact, as well as tackling some bigger questions: What is money? What is it worth? And what happens when we stop believing in it? 31 Jan - 2 March 020 8743 5050 Tickets £10 - £19.50

Bush Bounce 2012

Bush Bounce 14th November 2012, Bush Theatre in association with IdeasTap. Video by Billy London.

Mudlarks by Vickie Donoghue at the Bush Theatre

Three teenage boys. A reckless act. Tragic consequences. On the muddy banks of the River Thames, downstream from the bright lights of London, three boys hide from the police after a night of thrilling recklessness. Over the course of the night their lives will change forever. As the dynamics of their relationships shift, their fears, secrets and dreams emerge, revealing the desperate frustration of lives barely led but already ravaged. Vickie Donoghue's powerful debut was a sell-out show at HighTide Festival and Theatre503. Her writing flashes with humour, but pulls no punches as she explores why some people dare to dream, and why others cannot. 18 Sept - 20 Oct Tickets from £10 020 8743 5050

Bush Bazaar

This summer Theatre Delicatessen is unearthing a new and wondrous world at the Bush Theatre; the world of Bush Bazaar, where market traders rub shoulders with fortune tellers, stock brokers and white-coated doctors in a fantastical environment where anything could happen. We invite you to enter this world, inhabited by an eclectic array of performers who have taken over the space and are selling their wares. It is up to you whose performance gets your cash. As you roam the building you will decide what each piece is worth and pay your way however you want to - by haggling, bartering, begging or stealing. Bush Bazaar is brought to you by Theatre Delicatessen in association with the Bush Theatre. 31 July to 18 August Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) Box Office: 020 8743 5050

'Fear' playwright and director Dominic Savage

'Fear' playwright and director Dominic Savage talks about the inspiration, collaboration process and creative aims in creating his first piece for the London stage. 'Fear' plays at the Bush Theatre from 18 June - 14 July. For more information and ticket booking, visit

Meet the Playwright: Gbolahan Obisesan, 'Mad About the Boy'

'Mad About the Boy' playwright Gbolahan Obisesan chats about growing up in Southeast London, why he's not a comedian, and opening a new studio space at the Bush.

Amir Nizar Zuabi - writer/director 'The Beloved'

Acclaimed Palestinian director Amir Nizar Zuabi discusses "the Abrahamic myth of the sacrifice" in 'The Beloved', the next show at London's Bush Theatre.

Meet the Playwright: an interview with Lee Mattinson

Watch this interview with Lee Mattinson to find out more about his new play Chalet Lines, opening at the Bush Theatre on 6 April

Madani Younis's Debut Season at the Bush Theatre

NEW WRITING, NEW ARTISTS. Writers include Lee Mattinson, Sabrina Mahfouz, Caroline Horton, Amir Nizar Zuabi, Gbolahan Obisesan and Dominic Savage. Find out more and book for the new season at

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