Josephine & I

written and performed by Cush Jumbo Fri 12 Jul - Sat 17 Aug, 2013
Evening Standard, Times, Whats On Stage, Financial Times
"Funny, touching and thought-provoking"

A Bush Theatre Production

Josephine Baker: jazz sensation, political activist and international icon

From the ragtime rhythms of St Louis and the intoxicating sounds of 1920s Paris, to present day London, Josephine and I intertwines the story of a modern day girl with that of one of the greatest, yet forgotten, stars of the 20th century.

Olivier nominated Cush Jumbo stars in her debut play, with live music and dance bringing to life the contemporary legacy of “...the most sensational woman anyone ever saw” (Hemingway). The award-winning Phyllida Lloyd directs (The Iron Lady, Mamma Mia!)

This delightful summer show will be performed cabaret style. Make a night of it with food, drinks and music in our Café Bar and Garden.

Josephine Baker on stage


What the papers say

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"Both intimate and spectacular...She offers energy, accuracy and an extraordinary ability to connect with a crowd. Make no mistake, she will be a star. And, yes, this is a tour de force"


"Cush Jumbo gives an impressive display of unwavering energy...her voice and talent hang in the air long after the curtain call. Allez!"

Whats on Stage


Written and Performed by - Cush Jumbo
Director - Phyllida Lloyd
Designer - Anthony Ward
Lighting Designer - Neil Austin
Musical Director - Joseph Atkins
Sound Designer - Simon Baker
AV Designer - Ravi Deepres



Dates - 12 July - 17 August 2013
Mon - Sat - 7.30pm, (£19.50, £12 conc)
Previews - 12, 13, 15, 16 July (£15, £10 conc)
Saturday Matinees - 20, 27, 3, 10 August (£15, £10 conc)
Wednesday Matinee - 24 July, 31 July, 7 and 14 August. 2.30pm (£15, £10 conc)
Audio Described Performance - 27 July, 2.30pm
Captioned Performance - 29 July, 7.30pm
RUNNING TIME - Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes


offers and concessions

  • Concessions (available for registered unemployed and disabled patrons) - £10-£12
  • All offers are subject to availability - Terms and conditions apply
  • 2013 Multi-Buy Offer - See 3 shows in 2013 for the price of 2 when booked together (Full price only excludes previews and matinees, not applicable to MOTH and RADAR)
  • Students and Under 26s Offer - Previews and matinees £10, evening performances £12
  • Bush Local Members - Previews £12, 10% off all other performances
  • Senior Citizens Offer - Previews £12, matinees £10, evening performances £15