The Bush Theatre has announced it’s 32 Degrees West Season – the angle from the front door of the company’s current home of 39 years, to the new home at the old Library in Shepherd’s Bush where they will relocate this autumn.
Ahead of the building’s inaugural season later this year, the company will throw open the doors of the new venue and invite the public to play a part in the transformation of the space, from library to theatre, in a production entitled Where’s My Seat?
As a final farewell to the theatre’s long term home, the Bush will present non zero one and their interactive site-specific production this is where we got to when you came in to celebrate the history of this unique and special space.
To mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, the Bush presents In the Beginning written by Nick Payne with extracts from the KJV selected by the Revd Dr James Hawkey. This one off theatrical event on 24 March will see audience members taken on an after opening hours, intimate journey around the Abbey.
The new season also includes a return to Latitude for the fourth year with The Flooded Grave. Originally produced by the theatre as part of their Broken Space Season, this new production of Anthony Weigh’s play will be performed as darkness falls in a hidden location at the festival.
On the 29 March the Bush will hold a fundraising gala reading of Simon Stephens’ Sea Wall, read by the playwright.
Rourke will leave the Bush Theatre at the end of 2011 once the company is established in its new home at the old library on the Uxbridge Road, leaving the legacy of a new theatre for the incoming Artistic Director – this position will be advertised in due course. She departs the company after four years to become the new Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse.
Josie Rourke said, “My final nine months at the Bush will see the company open its new home ready for the theatre's fortieth anniversary in 2012. This will also mark five years in which I have led a resilient and inspiring team, who faced down adversity to present the work of some exceptional playwrights and build and serve our audiences. The legacy of 40 years of brilliant plays and great nights out at the Bush will be realised in this beautiful building. I look forward with great excitement to taking the Bush into its next incarnation ."