Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) is one of the UK’s most admired ensemble theatre companies. As well as our critically acclaimed annual season in Bristol we offer a touring programme in the UK and internationally – in 2015 we opened the Neuss International Shakespeare Festival in Germany – as well as producing in partnership with other theatres and establishments, most recently with the University of Bristol.
Since its inception in 1999, stf has produced 27 Shakespeares, 3 Chekhovs, 2 Molieres, a Jacobean tragedy, Tom Stoppard’s modern classic, Arcadia, Allan Monkhouse’s First World War Play, The Conquering Hero, and Sheridan’s The School for Scandal.
The company provides rare training opportunities for recent graduate actors, and university and college students, as well as offering an Education Programme for young people through its workshops in schools, colleges and universities.

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) is one of the UK’s most admired ensemble theatre companies. As well as our critically acclaimed annual seasons we offer a touring programme in the UK and internationally – in 2015 we opened the Neuss International Shakespeare Festival in Germany – as well as producing in partnership with other theatres and establishments, most recently with the University of Bristol.

 **** “As in all Hilton’s productions, it is the clarity of the storytelling and the attention to detail that makes Shakespeare slip down so easily”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian                    

Since its inception in 1999, stf has produced 27 Shakespeares, 3 Chekhovs, 2 Molieres, a Jacobean tragedy, Tom Stoppard’s modern classic, Arcadia, Allan Monkhouse’s First World War Play, The Conquering Hero, and Sheridan’s The School for Scandal.

 “Productions which both swell and whisper, which are full of stars but free of celebrities”

 Susannah Clapp, THE OBSERVER

The company offers valuable and increasingly rare opportunities for young artists to develop their careers through its Graduate and Apprentice Actor Schemes. Graduate and Apprentice Actors are offered the chance to work professionally with a large ensemble cast and learn from a collective wealth of experience. Additionally, stf works closely with local schools and colleges as part of a strong Educational Outreach programme to enable young people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds to access theatre and gain valuable skills for life.

The company has also worked closely with The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as a launch partner for Shakespeare Week, an annual celebration of Shakespeare for primary school children throughout the UK. stf offer education workshops that are pre-arranged and held on-site at participating primary schools in Bristol.