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One of the biggest jobs in UK theatre: Madani Younis is London Southbank's Creative Director
By: Barfi Culture Team
Published: 5th September 2018

In 2012, Madani Younis took the top job at London’s Bush Theatre, becoming the first artistic director of a London theatre from a South Asian background.

Now he is going from a theatre with 260 seats to being Creative Director at London's Southbank Centre, which houses 17 acres of auditoriums, gallery space and a library. It is one of the highest profile jobs in British theatre.

He will also serve as a creative industries adviser to London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

At Bush Theatre, Madani Younis put on a range of diverse productions including the acclaimed 'Black Lives, Black Words' season — a response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

He also oversaw critically-acclaimed productions such as The B*easts, Arinze Kene’s one-man show Misty, and NASSIM, which is touring internationally. Audiences at Bush Theatre tripled during his tenure.




Elaine Bedell , Southbank chief executive, said: "I know that Madani will bring a new energy and vision to our site and iconic venues."

As Creative Director, Madani Younis will be working alongside Director of Music Gillian Moore CBE and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, and under CEO Elaine Bedell.

She added: "We want to provide bold, diverse and ambitious artistic programming here and Madani’s arrival signals that we are entering an exciting new era."

Madani Younis said he was "thrilled" by the new role and looked forward to it.

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Article published on 5th September 2018 in the People section




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