be there at the beginning...

support the bush today and invest in the most exciting theatre of tomorrow...

John Hannah in A BRIGHT LIGHT SHINING (1991)

John Hannah in A BRIGHT LIGHT SHINING (1991)

For nearly forty years, the Bush Theatre has pursued its singular vision of risk, discovery and entertainment from our theatre in Shepherds Bush. Every year we read over 1500 scripts, reach 40,000 people with our shows in London and on tour, and support the most talented playwrights of the future through our unique development work.

but we couldn't do it without our Supporters...

We need up to a third of our income, or £400,000, every year from donations.

By joining us you can become more involved with the Bush, enjoying special privileges while playing a vital role in discovering the playwrights and actors who will go on to create some of the most exciting theatre and film of tomorrow.

Playwrights Stephen Poliakoff, Catherine Johnson, Jonathan Harvey, Tony Kushner, David Eldridge, Samuel Adamson and Jack Thorne all began their careers at the Bush, along with actors including Kate Beckinsale, Simon Callow, Julie Walters, Alan Rickman, Victoria Wood, Antony Sher, Alison Steadman and Jim Broadbent.

with your support, who will be next?

Rising Stars - Join from just £30 per month
Handful of Stars and Lone Stars - Bespoke Supporter packages

Or make a donation here and contribute to our work.


what your donation will buy...

Richard Wilson in WHIPPING IT UP (2006)

Richard Wilson in WHIPPING IT UP (2006)

Discovering new artists:

  • £75 enables us to read five new scripts sent in by new playwrights
  • £1,000 enables us to bring a playwright into residence at the Bush

Nurturing new talent:

  • £500 enables a short festival commission from an emerging playwright
  • £10,000 enables us to commission, develop and bring to our stage a new full-length play

Producing more plays:

  • One Rising Star Supporter pays for the lighting for a new Bush Theatre production
  • Ten Rising Star Supporters pay for the set for one new play at the Bush

Reaching new audiences:

  • £350 enables us to run a workshop at a local school, introducing young people to one of our new plays
  • £500 provides audio description for visually impaired audience members for one production.

Many companies offer to match your donation, making your gift go even further. To find out whether your company operates a matching scheme, please contact your company secretary.

If you are interested in becoming a supporter, go to Bush Shop and select become a member. Alternatively, please contact Georgina on 020 8743 3584 for further information or email us at

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