Where’s my Seat?

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One new theatre, three experts, three playwrights and you

As the Bush prepares to open the doors of our new home in Autumn this year, we’re asking you to test drive the space and be a part of its transformation from library to theatre.

Over the course of one evening, you’ll see three short plays by three brilliant Bush playwrights performed in three different layouts. Each play will be inspired by nine curious props chosen by the National Theatre and a set of challenging stage directions created by Alan Ayckbourn, Michael Grandage and Bush Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

As the stage transforms and the seats move around, we’ll ask you to feedback your views from the stalls – and to put to test other areas of the building from the backstage to the bar.

Track the progress of Where’s My Seat on our blog here

Part of the Bush’s 32 Degrees West Season – the angle from the front door of our old home of 39 years to our new home at 7 Uxbridge Road

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Cast

Francesca Annis

Francesca Annis makes her Bush Theatre debut. Her theatre credits includes Time and Conways (National Theatre), Afterplay (Sydney Festival), Under the Blue Sky (Duke of York’s), The Glass Menagerie (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Epitaph for George Dillon (Comedy Theatre), Henry IV and The Vortex (Donmar Warehouse), Blood (Royal Court), Hedda Gabler (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End) and Hamlet (Almeida and New York). Her television work includes Little House, Cranford, Jane Eyre, Jericho, Copenhagen, Deceit, Wives and Daughters and Reckless; and for film, Shifty, Revolver, The Libertine, Milk, The Debt Collector, Dune, Krull, Macbeth, The Eyes of Annie Jones, Saturday Night Out and Cleopatra.

Debbie Chazen

Debbie Chazen’s recent theatre credits include Calendar Girls (West End and tour), The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court, Plymouth and Young Vic), Cinderella (Old Vic), The Cherry Orchard (Sheffield Crucible), Dick Whittington (Barbican) and A Prayer for Owen Meaney and Mother Clapp’s Molly House (National Theatre). For television, her work includes White Van Man, Doctors, Psychoville, The Wall, TittyBangBang, Smoking Room, Mine all Mine, Nicholas Nickleby, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Killer Net, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Lakes; and for film, The Duel, Feeder, Beginner’s Luck and Topsy-Turvy.

Hugo Speer

Hugo Speer’s theatre credits include Year of the Rat (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Betrayal (West End) and Design for Living (Theatre Royal Bath). For television, his work includes Vera, Skins, Moving On, Five Days, Bleak House, Sons and Lovers, Messiah, Hearts and Bones, Forty, Boudica and Clocking Off; and for film, The Late Bloomers, The Interpreter, An Angel for May, Swing, The Full Monty and A Bhaji on the Beach.

Richard Cordery

Richard Cordery’s theatre credits include Love Story (Duchess Theatre), The Power of Yes (National Theatre), Spring Awakening (Novello Theatre), Waste (Almeida Theatre) and extensive work for the RSC, including, The Historys: Henry IV Part II, Richard II, Richard III, Henry VI Parts I, II & III; Twelfth Night and Hamlet. For television, his work includes, The Reckoning, Green Green Grass, Absolute Power, The Falklands Play and Unfinished Business; and for film, Glorious ’39 and Lorenzo’s Oil.

Nina Sosanya

Nina Sosanya returns to the Bush Theatre where she appeared in Apologia. Also for theatre, her credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Novello Threatre), Love's Labour's Lost, As You Like It, The Learned Ladies, The White Devil (RSC); Herbal Bed, Henry V (RSC tour); The Happy Haven (RSC Fringe); Fix Up, House and Garden, Antony and
Cleopatra (National Theatre); Almost Nothing (Royal Court); The Vortex (Donmar Warehouse); The Marriage of Figaro (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Nativity (Young Vic); Dead Meat (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Tempest (Holders Festival, Barbados); Educating Rita (Solent People's Theatre); Othello (Barons Court Theatre); Dinner Dance (KOSH national and international tours); Hair (Broadway Musical Company European tour); Twelfth Night, A
Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest (national and international tours and Oddsocks Theatre Co.).

TV includes: Framed, FM, Cape Wrath, Reichenbach Falls, The Wide Sargasso Sea, Sorted, Doctor Who, Much Ado About Nothing, Casanova, Nathan Barley, The Good Citizen, No Angels, The Debt, Teachers, Serious and Organised, The Jury, People Like Us, Urban Gothic, Doctors, Jonathan Creek, Prime Suspect, The Bill, Hercules and the Amazon Woman.

Film includes: Manderlay, Code 46, Love Actually.

Hugh Skinner

Hugh Skinner returns to the Bush Theatre, where he previously appeared in 2 May 1997 and Suddenlossofdignity.com. His other theatre work includes The Great Game (Tricycle Theatre), Angry Young Man (Trafalgar Studios), The Enchantment (National Theatre), Senora Carrar’s Rifles (Young Vic), and ); French Without Tears (Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford). Television credits include Any Human Heart, Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Bonkers; and for film, Day of the Dead.

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25 Feb
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