Bush Theatre, London, UK


Haworth Tompkins’ latest project at the Bush Theatre concludes the practice’s gradual transformation of the former public library building for performance use. The scope of new work includes a new accessible entrance, establishing a more distinct public identity for the theatre and connecting the reconfigured interior spaces more directly to the street and garden terrace. The internal additions comprise a new performance studio, enlarged foyer spaces, a rooftop rehearsal room, a new workshop and two dressing rooms.

"When you start a capital project, the first thing you should do is hire Plann." - JON GILCHRIST, former Executive Director, Bush Theatre

our role

As Project Director and Project Manager, Plann managed the project on behalf of the client from procurement of the design team through to completion on site. As the Theatre Consultants, Plann were responsible for the technical theatre installations and designed a new flexible modular seating system for the main performance space.


Bush Theatre

plann services

Project Director, Jack Tilbury
Project Manager, Jason Barnes
Theatre Consultant, Jason Barnes

design team

Haworth Tompkins
Bristow Johnson
Skelly & Couch
Gillieron Scott Acoustics


Rise Contracts
Stage Electrics

project info

completed Mar 2017
seating capacity 150 (main theatre)
seating capacity 70 (studio)
project budget £4.3m


AJ Retrofit Awards 2017 – Cultural Buildings Shortlist
Architect’s Journal

RIBA Regional Awards 2018 – London Shortlist



Philip Vile

behind the scenes

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