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Tobacco Factory Theatres produces and presents excellent art in unique, intimate and visceral spaces, including our Factory Theatre, 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 programme of engagement, learning and participation opportunities for audiences, artists and young people.
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 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.
Tobacco Factory Theatres welcomes back the storytelling and atmospheric strings of Devil’s Violin as they seek to remind us that nothing is as detailed and rich as the world we can create within our own minds.
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 turn on us.I pull in resolution and…
The Amazing Bubble Man returns with his international hit show – bubble art, magic, science and LOTS of fun.
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.
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 war.
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.
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.
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
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.