Tobacco Theatre

Southville’s Tobacco Factory Theatres will re-open this October following a major development.

A new 84-seat Spielman Theatre will open to performances from 24th October, with a new bar for guests.  

Artistic director Mike Tweddle will direct a special production of Beautiful Thing from Thursday 11th October at the Factory Theatre, marking the 25th anniversary since the play from Jonathan Harvey was first staged.

Ellie Dubois’ all female contemporary circus show, NO SHOW, will open the season at the Spielman Theatre on Wednesday 24th October, 2018.

Shows to look out for in 2019 include A Midsummer’s Night Dream (20th February – 6th April) and Our Country’s Good (17th April-11th May).

Construction of the new theatre began after a year-long fundraising campaign, investment from Arts Council England and a donation from the Spielman Charitable Trust, which the new studio theatre is named after.

The redevelopment benefits

The investment has enabled the theatre to expand and diversify, meaning it will now be able to welcome 30,000 audience members to the Spielman Theatre each year. It has plans to host over 360 performances by 50 companies.

The studio spaces will give artists a place to research and develop ideas, via the Prototype programme, and to release new work through the artist residency scheme, Platform.

In addition, a new adult company has been launched which will enable 20 people from South Bristol to work with Mike Tweddle in the Spielman Theatre to develop their own pieces.

Group benefits

Groups can benefit from a range of discounts and can enjoy a week’s priority booking before the general public.

Offers include receiving a free eleventh ticket for every ten bought on certain performances and savings of up to 20% as part of the theatre’s multibuy scheme.

About the Tobacco Factory Theatres

The Tobacco Factory Theatres present a programme of diverse shows, workshops and events for audiences of all ages. In addition, it now runs programmes for young people and artists focused on encouraging engagement, learning and participation.

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