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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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The Angry Brigade by James Graham | Trailer

The Angry Brigade by James Graham | directed by James Grieve 30 Apr - 13 Jun 2015 Book tickets: A bold new play by James Graham, writer of sell-out smash hits This House (Royal National Theatre) and Privacy (Donmar Warehouse), and writer of The Vote (Donmar Warehouse) and Coalition (Channel 4). “Its government has declared a vicious class war. A one-sided war… We have started to fight back… …with bombs.” A Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth production presented by the Bush Theatre.

The Royale | Trailer

The Royale by Marco Ramirez | directed by Madani Younis | 13 Mar - 18 Apr 2015 Book tickets: Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905 and, in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a boxing promoter hatches a plan for the ‘Fight of the Century’, The Sport might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion, but at what cost? It’s not just a retired champ he’s facing, it’s ‘The Great White Hope’. In daring to realise his dream, is Jay responsible for putting African American lives in the danger zone? Told in six rounds and set in a boxing ring, The Royale is inspired by the often overlooked story of Jack Johnson, a boxer who – at the height of the Jim Crow era – became the most famous and the most notorious black man on Earth. Find out more and book tickets: Become Death by Jahzzar used under the Creative Commons Licence:

Behind the scenes of The Royale photo shoot

Knock-out new American play The Royale stars Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy, Fortitude) as Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson. Here's a look at Nicholas in action on the photo shoot for the show poster. Find out more about The Royale:

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Islands | Interview with Caroline Horton

Writer & performer Caroline Horton discusses her new show Islands, a filthy and furious look at tax havens, enormous greed, and the few who have it all. Bush Theatre | Until 21 Feb | £10 - £19.50 For more info and to book:

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:

#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.

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