Madani Younis announces departure from Bush Theatre

London theatre news: Wednesday 5 September 2018

Casting & jobs - Off-West End - Theatres

The Bush Theatre' Artistic Director and Chief Executive announces his departure to take on the role of Creative Director of the Southbank Centre.
Madani Younis - who is set to leave the Bush Theatre

Image: Madani Younis - courtesy Bush Theatre

The Bush Theatre's Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Madani Younis, today announced his departure from the venue in order to take up the role of Creative Director at the Southbank Centre.

Mr Younis has been Artistic Director at the Bush Theatre since 2012 and in his time there has led a significant period of growth enabled by his vision of cultural diversity and the successful redevelopment of the theatre's home.

Mr Younis leaves the organisation following a critically acclaimed season that broke the theatre's audience and box office records.

The season included Monica Dolan's Olivier Award nominated The B*easts; Arinzé Kene's critical and popular hit Misty, which will transfer to Trafalgar Studios from September; and the critically acclaimed revival of Leave Taking, by Winsome Pinnock.

In 2016 Mr Younis led phase two of the company's £4.3m capital redevelopment project - the largest in the organisation's history.

The theatre's home now comprises a flexible 190-seat theatre, a second performance space, a rehearsal studio, a Café Bar, a newly developed terrace garden and a playtext library.

This September, Mr Younis will direct his final play for the Bush and its most ambitious show yet - An Adventure by Vinay Patel (True Brits, Murdered By My Father, Doctor Who).

Commenting on his impending departure, Mr Younis said ...

"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.

I want to thank the board, the staff team, our generous supporters and stakeholders who all invested in that vision and allowed us to create a depth of experience both on and off stage.

I'll forever be in their debt.

I'm also thrilled to have had the opportunity to have worked with Executive Director Lauren Clancy, someone whose values and vision has shaped and informed the vision of the Bush.

In Lauren, we have an exec that will be a significant force in British theatre for another generation."

Recruitment for Mr Younis's successor has started today, and a further round of recruitment for an Associate Director will take place in the new year - check-out the theatre's Jobs page for more details.

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