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Bush’s main auditorium becomes Holloway Theatre after major donation

Bush Theatre artistic director Lynette Linton, Charles Holloway and executive director Lauren Clancy open the Holloway Theatre at the Bush. Photo: Hassan Joof
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West London venue the Bush Theatre has renamed its main auditorium after philanthropist Charles Holloway.

The 190-seat Holloway Theatre will be named in recognition of his major charitable donation.

The Bush said Holloway did not wish to disclose the amount given, but the philanthropist said: “I am a huge fan of the Bush and believe the impact the organisation has achieved in recent years punches far above its weight. I want to bolster this momentum by supporting its next chapter, with the wonderful Lynette Linton at the helm.”

The Charles Michael Holloway Trust is also a funder of the Theatres Trust and a benefactor of the Royal Opera House.

Simon Johnson, the Bush’s chair, said: “This generous donation is game-changing, and it’s entirely fitting that Charles Holloway’s name will be placed at the physical heart of our building.

“In a challenging climate for arts funding, philanthropic giving is key to the Bush’s resilience and success. Following a period of extraordinary growth, Charles’ donation acts as a powerful statement of belief in our future.”

Johnson added that he hoped it would inspire other philanthropists to support the venue.

Last year the Bush announced it would be renaming its library the Alen-Buckley Script Library, following donations by Gianni and Michael Alen-Buckley.

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