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Tobacco Factory Theatres

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Listed as: Theatre Organisation

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0117 902 0345

Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol
South West
bristol, tobacco factory theatres, bs3, tobacco factory, studio

Tobacco was the main industry in South Bristol from the beginning of the twentieth century and at its peak around 40% of the local workforce worked in the Imperial Tobacco Factory. The relocation of Imperial Tobacco in the 1980’s was devastating to the local area, causing massive unemployment and deprivation. The Tobacco Factory building itself fell into disrepair but rose again from the late 1990’s when George Ferguson acquired the building, inviting Show of Strength Theatre Company to use part of the first floor as a theatre space. The building became a mixed-use cultural space driven by a café-bar and a 250 seat studio theatre, under the name of Tobacco Factory Theatre. This has had a transformative effect. In the early 1990’s BS3 was one of the ten poorest postcodes in the country but it is now a confident and affluent area that retains a distinct individuality.

In 2005 the Tobacco Factory Theatres became a charitable trust and in 2007 it became a Key Arts Provider of Bristol City Council. It has grown dramatically, particularly since 2008. It now has two auditoria (the Factory Theatre and the Brewery Theatre) and two rehearsal spaces. It has made significant capital improvements, which include installing the second largest renewable energy system of any arts organisation in the country. It attracts an annual ticketed audience of over eighty-five thousand to more than six hundred performances plus several thousand more to talks, workshops, school visits etc. The theatre has excellent programming standards and is regularly attracting national critical acclaim. It has strong relationships with many individual artists, with venues and with theatre companies. It has a wide-ranging programme and is particularly well-known for world-class Shakespeare, critically acclaimed and popular inhouse family-friendly productions and an unrivalled comedy line-up, as well as classic and contemporary theatre, dance, puppetry, film, opera and music.


Forthcoming Events

Beauty and the Beast A Tobacco Factory Theatres, New International Encounter & Cambridge Junction Co-Production 30 Nov 14 Jan

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: Previews from £10

Beauty_and_the_beast_joe_roberts_thumb This Christmas Tobacco Factory Theatres is thrilled to be teaming up again with world-renowned theatre company New International Encounter (Hansel and Gretel,&nbs...

The Ugly Duckling A Travelling Light and Tobacco Factory Theatres Co-Production 10 Dec 14 Jan

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: 7-12
Concession Price: £9.00

The_ugly_duckling_joe_roberts_thumb Back this Christmas, the multi award-winning team behind Cinderella: A Fairytale brings all its trademark magic and mastery to a warming wintry tale of ...

Living Spit's Nativity 12 Dec 30 Dec

Venue: Theatre Shop Clevedon
Full Price: £14.00

Living_spit_s_nativity_coecreative_thumb PRESENTED BY TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES BEYOND AT THE THEATRE SHOP After their triumphant take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Howard and Stu are back to tackle...

Macbeth by William Shakespeare A Tobacco Factory Theatres Productions 22 Feb 07 Apr

Venue: Factory Theatre: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: From £12

Macbeth_joe_roberts_thumb Macbeth speaks to a world we find ourselves living in now; a world in which politicians lie to our faces but no one can plaster over the truth that the planet is threatening to ...

Stolen By The Devil's Violin 11 Mar 18 Mar

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: From £12

Stolen_paul_michael_hughes_thumb It’s a pleasure to welcome back the immensely skilled Devil’s Violin as they seek to remind us that nothing is as detailed and rich as the world we can create within...

The Amazing Bubble Man 08 Apr

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £10

The_amazing_bubble_man_lunchbox_productions_thumb The Amazing Bubble Man returns with his international hit show – bubble art, magic, science and LOTS of fun. We look forward to having him back!Louis Pearl is the world&rs...

A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller A Tobacco Factory Theatres Production 18 Apr 12 May

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: From £12

A_view_from_the_bridge_joe_roberts_thumb Arthur Miller is one of the 20th century’s greatest dramatists and A View From the Bridge is a gripping tragedy that is as powerful and pertinent as ever.Eddie… I&r...

A Brave Face By Vamos Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester 22 May 23 May

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: From £12

A_brave_new_face_graeme_braidwood_and_alienpen_thumb Award-winning Vamos Theatre (The Best Thing, Nursing Lives, Finding Joy) return to our stage with a new wordless production exploring Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen injury of ...


Brewery Studio: Tobacco Factory Theatres

Brewery Studio: Tobacco Factory Theatres The Brewery Studio is situated on North Street about 100 metres down the road from the main Tobacco Factory Building, opposite the school. For more information and photos visit our website: The Studio is a large, bright space measuring at 11.7 x 9.4 metres and is available for rehearsals and block bookings. Depending on the configuration of the studio, the capacity can vary. For workshops the capacity is approximately 30-50 people and for a presentation set-up the capacity is up to 50 people.

Factory Studio: Tobacco Factory Theatres

Factory Studio: Tobacco Factory Theatres The Factory Studio is situated on the first floor of the main Tobacco Factory building, where Tobacco Factory Theatres is based. It is a spacious studio measuring at 13 x 7 metres, is frequently used in a variety of different ways and can hold up to 50 people depending on the configuration of the room. The room features: Mirrored wall Curtains Fans and heating Natural light Ballet barres Chairs and tables (optional) What has the room been used for previously? Dance classes Yoga classes Rehearsals Auditions Meetings Workshops Training Conferences

Factory Theatre: Tobacco Factory Theatres

Factory Theatre: Tobacco Factory Theatres Tobacco Factory Theatres produces and presents excellent art in unique, intimate and visceral spaces, including our Factory Theatre in Bristol, as well as off site in Bristol and in venues across the country. We present a jam-packed programme of diverse and exciting shows, workshops and events, from classic and contemporary theatre, to theatre for families, comedy, dance, music, opera and puppetry. We also programme an extensive season of TF+ events and activities for audiences, artists and young people. The Factory Theatre is a non-conventional, versatile theatre space, which has been used for performance since 1998, exciting audiences and performers alike. Often described as 'intimate' and 'raw', the space seats between 230 and 300 people and can be arranged end-on, in the round or thrust.

Factory Meeting Room: Tobacco Factory Theatres

Factory Meeting Room: Tobacco Factory Theatres The Factory Meeting Room is situated on the first floor of the main Tobacco Factory building, where Tobacco Factory Theatres is based. You’ll find further information below and on the other tabs on this page. It is 7 x 5 metres and is currently being used for a variety of different events. Depending on the set up of the room the capacity can vary. For a boardroom set up the capacity is approximately 10-12 people and for a presentation set up the capacity increases to 20 people. Alternatively, for a setup that does not require tables and chairs, the capacity would be approximately 20-30 people.