Bush Theatre celebrates the transfer of hit productions to the West End and New York

Award-winning Edinburgh Fringe hit Baby Reindeer follows a sold-out run at the Bush by transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End and successful production Misty opens at The Shed, New York later this year

MISTY; Written by and starring Arinze Kene ; Directed by Omar Elerian; photo credit: Helen Murray

BUSH THEATRE is celebrating two recent successes transferring to the West End and New York. 

The award-winning Edinburgh Fringe hit Baby Reindeer, follows a sold-out season at the Bush last year, by transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End from April 2 where it will be produced by Francesca Moody Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions in association with the Bush Theatre before moving to BAM in New York from May 21 where it will be produced by Francesca Moody Productions in association with Bush Theatre, Julie Clare Productions, and SEARED.

The Bush Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated production of Misty by Arinzé Kene which transferred to Trafalgar Studios following phenomenal success at the Bush Theatre will open at The Shed, New York on September 24.

When award-winning comedian Richard Gadd offers a stranger a free cup of tea, he has no sense of the nightmare to come.

One act of kindness. Six years of torment. The sell-out smash hit of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Baby Reindeer is the “blistering” debut play (The Daily Telegraph) from Richard Gadd (Monkey See Monkey Do, Netflix’s (Sex Education).

Directed by Olivier Award-winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam), this is a chilling personal account of compulsion, delusion, and obsession. Some admirers simply won’t be shaken off. “A haunted, haunting hour.” (The Guardian). Baby Reindeer will play a strictly limited London run at the Ambassadors Theatre, London from April 2 – May 2 with over 500 tickets each week will be priced at £25 or less. 

Baby Reindeer will make its US premiere at BAM’s Fishman Space on May 21

Arinzé Kene, Death of A Salesman (Young Vic), Girl from The North Country (Old Vic and West End) and author of Little Baby Jesus stars in Misty, “a tour de force by a force of nature” (The Upcoming).

Arinze Kene Pic Credit Helen Murray

Written by Kene and directed by Omar Elerian, Misty fuses live music, spoken word, and absurdist comedy into an exhilarating journey through the dark alleyways of a city in flux and a genre-defying excavation of the pressures and expectations that come with being an artist in our time.

Part poem, part concert, part confession, Misty was hailed as “one of the great theatre success stories of 2018” (The Guardian, UK) when it was first developed by and premiered at London’s Bush Theatre before transferring to the West End and garnering nominations for Olivier Awards for Best New Play and Best Actor.

For the US premiere, The Shed has commissioned the creative team to evolve the narrative into a new production for New York audiences.

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  1. | Sarah Hughes

    We first saw Arinze Kene in Girl from the North Country. The cast were excellent but he has something extra, great talent, stage presence, charisma and a beautiful voice.

    We then saw him in Misty, what a refreshing, cracking production that was. Then more recently in Death of a Salesman which was incredible. He is a fantastic talent and if you’re lucky enough to be able to go to New York I would definitely recommend Misty.

    He is underused in TV and should be the lead, rather than in supporting roles. Recently in the TV show Flack, he played a rejected boyfriend role, hardly convincing casting!


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