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“Great theatre....not wild about the show.”
Review of Bush Theatre

Bush Theatre
Ranked #579 of 1,656 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Great theatre....not wild about the show.”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

This is a favourite venue in London. New writing produced in a dedicated small theatre, now moved to the old library in Shepherds Bush. A champion for emerging writers and performers. Long liveThe Bush!

Visited February 2012
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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“One of my best theatre experiences of 2011”
Reviewed 24 December 2011

The former Shepherds Bush Library has been converted - or rather adapted - to become the new home of the Bush Theatre. It feels as if the theatre has fitted itself into the vacated space - there are even some shelves of books.

I visited the building twice in a day - first at about midday to buy a ticket when there were maybe a dozen people eating or just having a coffee. As I bought my ticket the conversation was interrupted by (I assume) a local who had popped in to see what had been done to the building. His request to have a quick look at the performance area was granted and he later emerged beaming and uttering a long string of superlatives. Judging from the box office reaction to this little performance it happens all the time.

At 7pm (and during the evening performance interval) they stop serving food. I arrived at this time for a pre-show drink and the place was just buzzing and I had to stand as all tables, chairs and bar stools were taken.

The play I saw was 'The Kitchen Sink' and five characters were wonderfully played by the actors who never made you squirm - you laughed with them not at them, despite their eccentricity. This production was played in the round i.e. with the audience all around the acting area. Seats were not numbered which is maybe not such a good idea as the house manager spent quite a lot of time getting people to sit a bit closer to each other on the benches to accommodate the last few ticket holders. You entered and left the theatre through a narrow passageway. Presumably, in this age of Health and Safety, more exit routes would have appeared in the event of an emergency. I think theatres like the audience to file past the bar as they leave in the hope of a few more sales.

The only bad thing about the theatre is outside of the Bush's control and that's the long, steep stairs coming down from the platforms of Shepherds Bush Market underground station which is on the line going down to Hammersmith. The station is directly opposite the theatre so maybe this will be the principal route. An old lady fell down the bottom few steps as I was leaving the station at 7pm. Luckily there were lots of people about to help her. I'm not a Londoner but maybe a easier route is by going to Shepherds Bush station on the Central Line where there's an escalator and then walking for a few minutes along Shepherds Bush Green.

Seeing new theatre writing for its own sake is always taking a risk but The Bush rarely lets you down in its choice of scripts. This new venue isn't spanking new with concrete and steel but a place with loads of atmosphere. This was certainly one of my best theatre experiences of 2011 - both venue and performance.

Visited December 2011
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