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Welcome to the UnEvent

Welcome to the Bush Theatre’s UnEvent where we hope to raise the final 10% of our hugely ambitious £4m project to transform the Bush Theatre.

Your support will bring to life the best of new writing, talent development and innovative community work.

We can't do it without you.

With thanks Gianni and Michael.

About the Bush

Over 40 years ago the Bush Theatre began life above a pub in West London. From the beginning the Bush has been a ground-breaking new writing theatre, championing world-class new work from voices that see the world from a different point of view. The Bush has always been at the forefront of discovering new talent. It has launched the careers of some of the best writers in the UK and has sustained an international reputation.

In 2011, the Bush Theatre found a much-needed new home in the beautiful old Shepherd’s Bush Library. The Old Library has proved the perfect place to continue the Bush’s mission of making theatre that reflects the world around it, but this remarkable Victorian building needs urgent work to ensure the Bush can continue to grow.

The project

Throughout 2016/17 we are carrying out a land-mark redevelopment – unlocking the potential of this remarkable building and providing audiences, artists and our local community with 21st Century theatre. This ambitious initiative allows the Bush to burst out of the Old Library and present a programme of work in iconic and rediscovered spaces in West London. Most importantly, it creates a platform for our future, promoting the highest quality of new writing, developing the next generation of creative talent, and leading innovative community engagement work.

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Open to all,
accessible to all

We are inspired by the communities that surround us, and we want a theatre that reflects this. A new street level entrance and glass corridor opening on the west side of the building will ensure our building flows from foyer to street.

We’ll also be making our building fully accessible for everyone, with new platform lift connecting all floors and wheelchair ramp leading right into the foyer.

The voices of tomorrow

Key to the redevelopment is a new Studio theatre – which will form a pivotal part of the Bush’s artistic vision. It will be a new home for emerging artists – embedding a generation of writers, performers and creative talent into the fabric of the building.

More and better

Our audiences love the Bush Theatre for its intimacy – and we won’t be changing this. But we will be making the experience more comfortable, and increasing capacity of our theatre by up to 20%.

We’ll also have a redeveloped rehearsal room facility and dedicated technical workshop. Alongside the new Studio – these new and improved spaces mean we’ll be able to work with even more artists and welcome more people to enjoy our work and take part in our Community programme.

Protecting, history, and the planet

We love the Old Library, and are proud to be guardians of this Shepherd’s Bush landmark. We will be carrying out urgent repairs and maintenance to this historic building, alongside green cleaning and restoration work. We’ll also be carrying out a programme of works to make our building greener and more sustainable – including new glazing and a “living” roof.

Transforming the Bush...A year of extraordinary work

We are embarking on a once-in-a-generation journey of transformation and hope that you will consider playing a vital role in this historic moment. Your support at this critical time will help the Bush develop artists, meet new audiences, discover emerging voices and shape the future of the theatre. Over the coming months the Bush is producing an innovative programme, including a series of six specially commissioned plays, and The Royale, a revival of the 2015 five star hit about sporting achievement against all odds.

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September/October 2016: This Place We Know

A season of plays on the Uxbridge Road.

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November 2016: The Royale at The Tabernacle

By Marco Ramirez, directed by Madani Younis.

Help us to write the next Act of the Bush’s history…

The project has attracted support from Arts Council England, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Westfield London, a number of generous trusts and foundations as well as individual donors. Over 90% of the funds have been raised but we need your help to reach our goal and secure our future.

Your support at this historic moment will be transformative and far reaching. It will lay the foundations for the physical changes to the building and support the brilliant artists the Bush will be working with over the next 12 months. Your vision and generosity will also underpin a body of work for our return to the building that will change the national cultural landscape and revolutionise the theatrical cannon of the future.

The Bush Theatre is on a journey. We’d love for you to come with us.

The Bush Theatre is a registered charity no. 270080 and donations can be made in the following ways:


Cheques, CAF cheques or Stewardship cheques can be made payable to The Alternative Theatre Company and sent to:

Bush Theatre
Boxmoor House
7 Queensdale Crescent
Edward Woods Estate
W11 4TJ

Credit/Debit card
or Bank Transfer

Payment can be taken securely over the phone by a member of the Development team. If you would prefer to make a bank transfer, please get in touch with Elaine Ellis for our bank details.

On the phone 0208 743 3584
Email [email protected]

Gift Aid

If you are eligible, we can claim gift aid on your donation and claim an extra 25p for each £1 you give, making your donation go even further.

If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

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