Josie Rourke appointed Bush Theatre artistic director

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Josie Rourke has been appointed as artistic director of west London's Bush Theatre, replacing Mike Bradwell, who leaves after more than a decade in the post.

Currently a freelance director, Rourke has recently directed David Mamet's The Cryptogram at the Donmar Warehouse and has worked at both Sheffield Theatres as associate director and at the Royal Court Theatre.

She commented: "The Bush inspires, nurtures and champions playwrights and I am thrilled to have been invited to become its artistic director. I look forward to working with Fiona Clark, the directors and the staff of the theatre to take The Bush into its bold and promising future."

Rourke will work alongside Fiona Clark, who remains as executive producer, a role she has held for the past seven years. She will take up the post from April 10.

Bush chairman John Shakeshaft added: "I'm delighted to welcome Josie as artistic director. There has been considerable interest in this position and Josie's vision for the future of The Bush was particularly inspiring and stood out from an incredibly strong field. Josie's collaborative approach will celebrate the strong canon of new work created throughout the Bush's 35-year history, whilst offering a distinctive artistic leadership that will nurture and celebrate the most visceral and potent voices of our era, and ensure that The Bush continues to play a leading role in shaping the future of British theatre."