SUPPORTING THE BUSH THEATRE

Westfield London has always been keen to play a role in the cultural life of Shepherd’s Bush.

Our involvement has taken many forms over the years but we have been a long-term partner to the Bush Theatre since we opened – and our relationship is still going strong.

Since it opened in 1972, the Bush Theatre has been a leading fixture in London’s cultural scene, nurturing new and award-winning playwrights and creating wonderful theatre. Following the opening of the new library at Westfield London, the old library in Shepherd’s Bush became the Bush Theatre’s new script reference library – The Bush at The Library. Westfield London was delighted to be able to get involved in the refurbishment of the space. Team Bush, a group of volunteers and the Westfield London Design & Construction team worked together to transform the Old Shepherd’s Bush Library in just 8 days to house their collection of plays and performing arts related books. Everyone got involved, ripping up floor tiles, pulling down shelves, building stages and patching up donated furniture to launch the new venue.

The Theatre recently carried out a major upgrade and Westfield was delighted to be once again part of the journey. Westfield provided significant support to the Bush Theatre as part of its major redevelopment – both financial and providing teams to support the work directly.

Over the years our support for the theatre has included:

• Sponsoring the play “50 Ways to Leave your Lover” in 2008
• Providing sponsorship in 2009 to facilitate the Theatre’s move to the Old Library
• Used our leading Westfield Presents stage to promote the Bush Theatre
• Providing benefits at the centre to Bush Theatre customers and Patrons

Duncan Bower, Westfield’s Director of Development said “The Bush Theatre is something of an icon in the area so the ability to move the new script reference library to the old library building was a fantastic result for The Bush. We are thrilled to now be able to support the Theatre which is one of the linchpins in the cultural hub of Shepherd’s Bush and the wider White City Area.”