Baker’s nuanced dialogue is brilliantly served by all three actors **** Telegraph Wed 15 Sep - Sat 16 Oct, 2010 Book tickets

KJ and Jasper are professional slackers and best friends. They spend their days outside the back of a small coffee shop in Vermont, talking music and Bukowski. 17 year old Evan is just getting ready for life, eking out his Summer working at the café. KJ and Jasper draw him into their world of magic mushrooms, philosophical musings and great-bands-that never-were.

One of the freshest voices to come out of America in recent years, Annie Baker’s gentle, engaging and deeply funny play introduces two new cult heroes in the shape of KJ and Jasper, and puts modern day America under the microscope to ask what happened to the generation who never grew up.

The Aliens opened in New York at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in April 2010. It won the 2010 Obie Award for Best Play, joint with Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation. Both plays were also given a Special Citation by the New York Drama Critics Circle

Peter Gill is considered to be one of the most influential directors of the last 40 years. He directed groundbreaking productions by D.H. Lawrence and Joe Orton at the Royal Court during the 60’s and founded the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith and the National Theatre Studio in the 70’s and 80’s

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The Bush has teamed up with Jamie's Italian in the Westfield Centre to offer audiences of The Aliens an exclusive booking service so you can enjoy a pre or post show Italian meal without waiting in line for a table!

To book, just call 020 80909070, Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm and quote "Aliens". You will need to present your theatre ticket on the night. Valid from 15 Sep - 16 Oct

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What I like about this play is that it’s funny, but doesn’t go for easy laughs. It has the courage to be, like its central characters, quite unambitious.

Peter Gill directs with a characteristically meticulous eye – and Baker’s nuanced dialogue is brilliantly served by all three actors.


Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph

The veteran director Peter Gill makes his belated debut at the Bush with this sensitive, beautifully acted production of The Aliens, our first glimpse in Britain of work by Annie Baker, the much-lauded young US dramatist...evinces a real talent for the kind of gentle humour that illustrates how the sadness and the silliness of life are interwoven.



Writer - Annie Baker
Director - Peter Gill
Designer - Lucy Osborne
Lighting - David Holmes
Composer - Terry Davies
Associate Sound Designer - Tom Gibbons
Original Music and Lyrics by Michael Chernus, Patch Darragh and Erin Gann - Francesca Annis



Olly Alexander
Mackenzie Crook
Ralf Little



Dates - 15 September-16 October
Mon - Sat - 7.30pm
Previews - 15,16,17,18 September £15 (£7.50 concessions)
Saturday Matinee - 25 September & 2, 9, 16 October 2.30pm £15 (£7.50 concessions)
Press Night - 20 September
Audio Described performance - 2 October 7.30pm
Captioned performance - 25 September 2.30pm
Equity Night - 22 September (£15 for Equity members)
Prices - £20 (£10 concessions)
New Season Multi Buy offer: 3 shows for £50 - Book 3 shows in the season together & receive a £10 discount* Just use the code MULTI when booking via the Box Office or online. Full priced tickets only, excluding previews & matinees (Subject to availability)
- Please be advised, this play contains real cigarettes. Please call the Box Office for more information