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Bush Theatre, London, reopens following £4.3m refit with celebration of diversity

The Bush Theatre has a new entrance and front-of-house area as well as an exterior garden terrace. Photo: Philip Vile The Bush Theatre has a new entrance and front-of-house area as well as an exterior garden terrace. Photo: Philip Vile
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London’s Bush Theatre has announced that it will reopen this week, following a year-long £4.3 million redevelopment by architecture firm Haworth Tompkins.

The venue, housed in an old library in Shepherd’s Bush, has been equipped with a new entrance and front-of-house area as well as an exterior garden terrace.

Its new studio space and rehearsal room will allow the theatre to increase the number of productions by 50%.

A week of celebrations from March 18 will mark the theatre’s reopening, including a series of short plays entitled Black Lives, Black Words, responding to the question: ‘Do black lives matter today?’

Artistic director Madani Younis said: “It was important to me that we reopen with a week of celebrations that embrace the diversity of the world we live in. Black Lives, Black Words is a bold statement about one of the most important movements of our time: #BlackLivesMatter. This, followed by Rajiv Joseph’s award-winning Guards at the Taj directed by Jamie Lloyd, sets the tone of the stories we want to tell in our beautiful new home.”

The redeveloped theatre’s opening season, announced in November, features work by Barney Norris and Taylor Mac. Half the season’s line-up has been created by black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee writers.

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