Madani Younis announces his departure from the Bush Theatre

Today we are announcing that Madani Younis will step down as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Bush Theatre to take on the role of Creative Director of the Southbank Centre in January 2019. Associate Director Omar Elerian will also step down in spring 2019.

Madani became Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2012 and has pushed the boundaries of the company’s physical space, tripled the audience capacity of the Bush Theatre, and welcomed a greater diversity of both creative talent and audiences than ever before.

He leaves the organisation following a critically acclaimed season that exceeded the theatre’s audience and box office records and included Monica Dolan’s Olivier Award nominated The B*easts; Arinzé Kene’s hit Misty, which will transfer to Trafalgar Studios from September; and the critically acclaimed revival of Leave Taking, by Winsome Pinnock. This September Madani will direct his final play for the Bush and its most ambitious show yet – An Adventure by Vinay Patel (Murdered By My Father, Doctor Who).

In Madani’s words:

‘My time at the Bush Theatre is undoubtedly one of my proudest achievements to date. The Bush invested in a vision that celebrated not just the best of theatre but the best of our country’s inherent culture. The result was a more reflective community of artists and a breadth of new audiences that represent the diversity of the city around us. None of what we’ve achieved would have happened without the deep, thoughtful commitment of so many.’

Recruitment for Madani’s successor starts today. For more information on the recruitment process, please visit our Jobs page.

For more information on the announcement you can read our Press Release.