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Bush Theatre to open new studio space after redevelopment

An architect's impression of the Bush theatre's renovation
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West London venue the Bush Theatre is to undergo a multi-million pound redevelopment, during which the organisation will take its work into the local area.

The Bush will gain a new studio theatre as part of the renovation, which is being designed by architect Haworth Tompkins.

The new studio will run alongside the Bush’s main house, providing the theatre with a second space that will be a “year-round home for emerging artsits”. The backstage and front-of-house facilities will also be improved, giving the theatre 50% more room in its bar and cafe areas. The project will also make the theatre fully accessible.

The redevelopment works are due to begin in March and last around a year, during which time the Bush will stage a programme of work outside the building.

Boys Will Be Boys by Melissa Bubnic will run at Bush Hall, directed by Amy Hodge and in co-production with Headlong, while a revival of Marco Ramirez’s The Royale will run at the Tabernacle in west London.

This Place We Know, a series of plays performed in spaces along Uxbridge Road.

The Neighbourhood Project, featuring residents of Shepherd’s Bush and created with Look Left Look Right, will take place in homes and on the streets of the local area.

The total cost of the redevelopment and the off-site programme will be £4 million, 90% of which has already been raised.

Announcing the plans, which it is hoped will attract 15,000 more people each year to the venue, artistic director Madani Younis said: “While we are incredibly proud to be redeveloping our theatre for the next generation, a theatre should not be defined by its walls – which is why we want to go beyond them. We have the privilege of being at the heat of one of the most diverse places in the country, and at a cultural crossroads of everything that it is to live in London today.”

He added: “All too often, theatre in this country doesn’t reflect the culture of this country. By the end of this year, I hope that we can say with pride that this theatre truly represents the culture of the Uxbridge Road.”

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