H&F launches comedy festival

Hammersmith & Fulham Council – in partnership with the Bush Theatre and PBJ Management – is launching a new summer comedy festival in Shepherds Bush which aims to showcase the borough’s cultural offer.

The weekend festival, which runs from 1-4 June, will see some of comedy’s top names appear at the newly-renovated Bush Theatre. The event will also feature free comedy workshops and performances for children and families.

“We want the Comedy Festival to be a real laugh,” says Jo Rowlands, Director of Planning, Regeneration and Housing for H&F Council.

“But more importantly it will showcase the borough’s leading role in London’s arts and culture scene, as well as the fantastic venues – such as the Bush Theatre – which are so important to the community and our efforts.”

“The Bush Theatre is delighted to be supporting the borough’s first comedy festival,” says Jon Gilchrist, Executive Director of the Bush Theatre. “We’re excited to continue our mission of supporting new writing in all its forms. We also hope the festival will encourage Shepherds Bush residents who haven’t visited the theatre before to try it for the first time.”

In mid-March the Bush Theatre burst into life again with a full programme in the main 180-seat theatre and a new-look studio.

The year-long revamp was made possible by £1m of funding from H&F Council – as well as £2.5m from Arts Council England and donations from generous individuals, trusts and foundations.

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