The Tobacco Factory Theatre came into existence in 1998 when George Ferguson, the owner of the building, invited Show of Strength Theatre Company to use part of the first floor of his recently acquired building as a theatre space.
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory first produced work in the theatre in 2000 and the theatre became a full-time professional organisation in 2001, quickly becoming established as a favourite venue for a diverse and vibrant audience, garnering widespread critical acclaim and developing a national reputation.
In 2005 it became a charitable trust and in 2007 became a Key Arts Provider of Bristol city council.
The Tobacco Factory Theatre aims to produce and present life-changing performances, to entertain and challenge diverse audiences and to support and encourage established and emerging artists. It is a cultural flagship for the local community, an innovative social and cultural hub and an inspirational model of urban renewal that promotes appreciation of and participation in art as an essential ingredient of contemporary life. It will be an influential 21st century model of development, performance and learning.
The Tobacco Factory is an independent theatre. The space is raw and flexible and has been used for: theatre, music, dance, comedy, childrenﾒs drama workshop, short films, private hire. Art work is exhibited in the theatre bar.
The Brewery is the Tobacco Factory’s new studio theatre and large rehearsal room just 150 metres from the Tobacco Factory and is a hugely important addition to the Tobacco Factory Theatre and to Bristol’s theatre scene, allowing a wider variety of shows from the freshest and brightest talent around.