This festive period, we’re thrilled to present a whole programme of theatre, for all ages. We’re proud to be co-producing a new production of Hansel and Gretel with New International Encounter (NIE) in the Factory Theatre from Wed 05 December – Sun 13 January and to be producing a show for little ones (ages 3+) – The Lost Present – in our Brewery Theatre from Wed 19 December – Sun 13 January. We also welcome the fabulous Peter Clifford back to the Brewery Theatre for some festive entertainment in the form of Magic Matters from Thu 20 December – Sat 12 January. Last, but certainly not least, last year’s fantastic co-production between Tobacco Factory Theatre and Travelling Light – Cinderella: A Fairytale – will be the first Christmas show at the newly opened (and rather wonderful) St James Theatre in London, from Wed 12 December – Sat 26 January.

Tobacco Factory Theatre’s director, Ali Robertson, says “I’m delighted to bring one of my favourite theatre companies in the world, NIE, to Bristol for Hansel and Gretel at the same time that we send to London one of the best shows produced in Bristol in years, Cinderella: A Fairytale. We’re also producing a new show, The Lost Present, with some of the city’s best-loved artists and welcoming back the annual Peter Clifford Christmas show, which has quickly become a well-loved institution.”


Ages 6+ / Running time 2hrs 5mins (inc. interval)

Tickets £7 – £15 Family Tickets £37 / £47 Group rates available.

In the middle of a cold, dark forest Hansel and Gretel are lost and hungry. But as they sit, shivering, they glimpse a tiny cottage through the trees…a cottage that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Its roof is made of gingerbread, the walls are made of chocolate cake, the door is made of boiled sweets and the windows of clear sugar glaze. But what’s inside? This Christmas follow Hansel and Gretel into the forest and find out.

Tobacco Factory Theatre and international award-winning theatre company New International Encounter join forces to bring you an enchanting show that will transform the Factory into a magical winter woodland.

NIE went down a storm when they previously visited the Tobacco Factory Theatre with The End of Everything Ever, My Life with the Dogs, Everything Falls Apart, and Tales from a Sea Journey. Most recently, NIE co-produced a site specific piece with Unicorn Theatre – Tales From the River Thames. When NIE produced a version of Hansel and Gretel at The Junction, Cambridge, last year, this is what audiences and critics had to say:

“A folksy affair, done with just the right touch of nastiness and warm-hearted playfulness…there is so much for all the members of the family” The Guardian

“With its European folk songs, physical inventiveness and clever use of puppetry…this is far from being a traditional panto” The Stage

“Lovely Hansel and Gretel @TheJunctionCamb last night..cockles were well and truly warmed. Thank you @NIEtheatre Tin Box via Twitter

So we asked NIE if they’d come to Bristol to recreate that magic. The show is being redeveloped and extended especially for Bristol audiences at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, with expertise from local Bristol practitioners.

Nicely timed for the 200th anniversary of the publication of The Brothers Grimm, this new production will draw on the Central European roots of the tale and NIE’s multinational cast adds a great deal to this. Performed in the round, this intimate Hansel and Gretel will be brought to life through a mix of enchanting storytelling, brilliantly fun live music, humour, puppetry and language.

NIE Director, Alex Byrne on Hansel and Gretel: “We’re thrilled to be working in Bristol and developing this show especially for the Tobacco Factory Theatre. We always try to make shows full of warmth and playfulness. We put live music at the heart of the stories we tell and the worlds that we make. The original story has moments of darkness, but most fairy tales do! There’s so much magic and, at its heart, it’s about two kids who have a really tough life but together find a way to a happy ending. There’s also a great scene with a witch.”

IOP Publishing is delighted to support this production.


Age recommendation 3+ / Running time 50 mins / Tickets £7 Family Ticket £24. Group rates available.

It’s a busy day in the Number One Lost Present Department. It’s Christmas-time and lots of presents have gone astray. Vic and Ed need to do some detective work…and FAST…to find a home for all the lost presents before it’s too late. And that’s not easy to fit in when there are so many other things to do, like playing games, making up songs, and inventing fun new toys!

This Christmas we’ve brought together a fantastic creative team and cast to create a brand new show for ages 3+ (and fun grown-ups!) in our Brewery Theatre. The Lost Present has been written by Mike Akers (Bristol Old Vic’s Treasure Island and How Cold my Toes), is directed by Emma Williams (Wolf Tales, Cats Choir) and will feature live music by Bristol’s much-loved Kid Carpet.

The Lost Present will be a fun packed 50 minutes of physical comedy, musical mayhem, and silly songs, with lots to make the little ones in your life laugh out loud.

Mike Akers, Writer says:  “This show contains a little bit of all the necessary ingredients to keep an early years audience entertained this Christmas. There’s a simple story about the Lost Present and how it gets found, two very silly characters who run the Lost Present Department along with their cuddly teddy sidekicks, some songs to join in with and lots of funny nonsense to make you giggle. It’s been great fun to make and it ends the way all good present unwrapping sessions should, with everybody getting exactly what they wanted.”


Tickets Full £10 / Concession £8

Bristol’s brilliant bamboozler is back at the Brewery Theatre this Christmas with a magical show to delight and amaze. This show is “best seen to be disbelieved with you own eyes.”

Since he first appeared at the Tobacco Factory Theatre with Peter’s Friends in 2010, Peter Clifford has developed a huge following across Bristol. In that time, he’s performed alongside Derren Brown (Do anything you can to get tickets!”), John Archer, Pete Wardell, Nick Einhorn, Marc Paul, Nigel Mead, Chris Cox, Rob James and Richard McDougal.

See magic in the best way possible – up close and personal. Join Peter to celebrate wonder and mystery in a fantastic evening of laughs and legerdemain showing why Peter Clifford’s Magic Matters

“A Peter Clifford show never fails to astound at Christmas!” Bristol Culture

“A seriously impressive evening of trickery, bamboozlement and banter” Venue (on I Can’t Believe My Mind)


Box Office: 0117 902 0344


Address: Tobacco Factory Theatre, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF (Hansel & Gretel)

The Brewery Theatre, 291 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JP (Lost Present / Magic Matters)

Times vary please contact the Box Office or visit for details.