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Listed as: Theatre Organisation

theatre [at] tobaccofactorytheatres.com

www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com

0117 902 0345

Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol
Bristol
BS3 1TF
Bristol
South West
Keywords:
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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

Tartuffe Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Tobacco Factory Theatres 06 Apr 06 May

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £16-24

Tartuffe_crop_thumb Written by Dominic Power & Andrew Hilton, after MolièreDirected by Andrew Hilton In 2010 stf collaborated with Bristol Old Vic in a revival of To...

Tortoise v Hare By Living Spit 25 Apr 04 May

Venue: Spike Island Cafe
Full Price: £10.00

Tortoise_crop_thumb Presented by Tobacco Factory Theatres BEYOND at Spike Island Café  The race is set, the heat is on… join Living Spit at the starting blocks for another ...

Best of BE Festival 05 May 06 May

Venue: Circomedia, St Pauls
Full Price: £12.00
Concession Price: £10.00

Best_of_be_crop_thumb Presented by Tobacco Factory Theatres BEYOND at Circomedia Tobacco Factory Theatres and Circomedia are honoured to work together in welcoming Birmingham’s genre-bend...

The Marked Theatre Témoin 11 May 13 May

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £13.00
Concession Price: £9.00

Marked_crop_thumb International company Theatre Témoin wowed us with The Fantasist, as part of Bristol Festival of Puppetry. Now Tobacco Factory Theatres presents their crit...

A Brimful of Asha Why Not Theatre in collaboration with Richard Jordan Productions 16 May 20 May

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £15.00
Concession Price: £11.00

Asha_crop_thumb Tobacco Factory Theatres is thrilled to welcome the acclaimed Canadian company Why Not Theatre with their international smash hit show. A Brimful of Asha is ...

The Island Written by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona 23 May 27 May

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £14.00
Concession Price: £10.00

Island_crop_thumb Tobacco Factory Theatres is delighted to welcome to Bristol and the intimate, in the round setting of our Factory Theatre, a life affirming drama of immense scale and power, set...

Much Ado About Puffin Open Attic Company 30 May 31 May

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £9.00

Puffin_crop_thumb Tobacco Factory Theatres is excited to present this magical, nonverbal family show produced by Bristol-based artists. A joyful, charming and sensitively layered s...

Sirens Ontroerend Goed, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Vooruit 01 Jun 03 Jun

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £16.00
Concession Price: £14.00

Sirens_crop_thumb Directed by Alexander DevriendtWritten by Karolien De Bleser, Charlotte De Bruyne, Aurélie Lannoy, Marjan De Schutter, Anemone Valcke, Verona VerbakelTobac...

Dylan Thomas: Return Journey Richard Jordan Productions 06 Jun 08 Jun

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £14.00
Concession Price: £12.00

Dylan_thomas_crop_thumb Original direction by Anthony HopkinsPerformed by Bob Kingdom You are invited to Tobacco Factory Theatres for an extraordinary encounter with a literary giant. O...

While We're Here Written by Barney Norris 09 Jun 10 Jun

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £14.00
Concession Price: £10.00

While_we_re_here_crop_thumb Audiences loved Barney Norris’s Eventide when it played in the Brewery Theatre in November 2015. Tobacco Factory Theatres is thrilled to present his moving ...

Eurohouse (Double Bill) Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas 14 Jun 17 Jun

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £10 (Double Bill £15)

Eurohouse_crop_thumb DOUBLE BILL: INFINITY POOL AND EUROHOUSE Bristol is home to a huge number of independent theatre companies and artists, whose productions span every st...

Infinity Pool (Double Bill) Written by Bea Roberts 14 Jun 17 Jun

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: 10 (Double Bill £15)

Infinity_pool_crop_thumb DOUBLE BILL: INFINITY POOL AND EUROHOUSE Bristol is home to a huge number of independent theatre companies and artists, whose productions span every st...

13 By Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 23 Jun 01 Jul

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £15.00
Concession Price: £10.00

13_crop_thumb Written by Mike BartlettDirected by David Mercatali Tobacco Factory Theatres is delighted to welcome back the graduating students from Bristol Old Vic ...

Translunar Paradise Theatre Ad Infinitum 04 Jul 08 Jul

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £14.00
Concession Price: £10.00

Translunar_crop_thumb Directed by George MannWe are delighted to present multi award-winning, Bristol based company Theatre Ad Infinitum and their powerful play about a moving journey of life, death ...

Why the Whales Came Original story by Michael Morpurgo 11 Jul 15 Jul

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £9.00

Why_the_whales_crop_thumb Multi award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life this enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo. Created by the same team behind the accla...

Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears The Wardrobe Theatre 20 Jul 28 Jul

Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Full Price: £14.00
Concession Price: £10.00

Goldilock_crop_thumb It was one of the hottest tickets in town last year! Catch The Wardrobe Theatre’s phenomenally popular alternative comedy this summer. The silver-tongued G...

Spaces

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 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.

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: https://www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/brewery-studio/ 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 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.

Opportunities

Get Involved: Best of BE FESTIVAL workshops

Tobacco Factory Theatres is delighted to offer two fantastic opportunities for adults (ages 16+) with an interest in physical theatre and dance to ...