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Bush Theatre

Designed in the English Renaissance style by the second most prolific architect of public libraries prior to WW1, this Victorian library was the brainchild of famed philanthropist John Passmore Edwards. Now a contemporary theatre to be re-opened after refurbishment in 2017.


Maurice B. Adams/Haworth Tompkins



7 Uxbridge Road W12 8LJ

Sat 10am-1pm. Hard hat tours, pre-book ONLY via bushtheatre.co.uk or via 020 8743 5050. Regretfully no access facilities. Under 18s must be supervised. No open-toed shoes or high heels. Limited facilities. Max 10 per tour.

Shepherd's Bush Market

Shepherd's Bush

49, 72, 94, 95, 207

BUSH THEATRE The first phase of work at the Bush theatre is complete. Haworth Tompkins collaborated with the theatre’s in house team on a very low budget, fast track project to convert the former public library building into a 140 seat auditorium, reading room, cafe bar, offices, workshop, dressing rooms and rehearsal room. Much of the interior is recycled or home made from materials found on site, and regular collaborator Antoni Malinowski painted Walls and ceilings within the front of house spaces. The next phase will deal with improved accessibility and a new public space around the entrance to Shepherds Bush Market. _There is an atmosphere of warmth and industry…an inspiring start for the theatre’s new lease of life. _ Sarah Hemming, Financial Times The Bush is a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally renowned champion of playwrights. We discover, nurture and produce the best new playwrights from the widest range of backgrounds, and present their work to the highest possible standards. We look for exciting new voices that tell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion and we champion work that is both provocative and entertaining. The Bush has produced hundreds of groundbreaking premieres since its inception in 1972, many of them Bush commissions, and hosted guest productions by leading companies and artists from across the world. The Bush is widely acclaimed as the seedbed for the best new playwrights, many of whom have gone on to become established names. We also champion the introduction of new talent to the industry, whilst continuing to attract major acting and directing talents. The Bush has won over 100 awards, and developed an enviable reputation for touring its acclaimed productions nationally and internationally.