The Tobacco Factory Theatre presents its brand new programme for this December 2012 – May 2013 season.

“Our new season features three wonderfully varied and exciting Christmas shows, one of the best-loved Shakespearean histories and a vital and funny Shakespearean comedy. Alongside that is a Brewery season packed with award-winning physical theatre pieces, biography shows of fascinating individuals and new adaptations of classics. It’s a truly full-blooded season and I’m delighted to launch it.”

Ali Robertson, Director, Tobacco Factory Theatre


As the nights draw in and Christmas creeps ever closer, we’re working with friends and colleagues across the country to bring a spectacular Christmas season to audiences in Bristol and beyond.

In our Factory Theatre from 05 December – 13 January, we join forces with the award-winning New International Encounter (NIE) for a charming new adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, brought to festive life through enchanting storytelling, humour, language and live music. Rehearsals in Bristol are going brilliantly, to develop this production for Bristol audiences and our unique theatre space.

We are delighted to be working with key Bristol creatives to produce a brand new Christmas show for little ones (3+), The Lost Present, in The Brewery Theatre from 19 December – 13 January. Written by Mike Akers (Bristol Old Vic’s Treasure Island, How Cold my Toes) and directed by Emma Williams (Wolf Tales, Cats Choir), The Lost Present stars Vic Llewellyn (The Mysterious Vanishment of Pobby and Dingan) and the acting and musical talents of Ed Patrick (Kid Carpet).

The magical Peter Clifford will grace our Brewery Theatre stage once more from 20 December – 12 January, with a new show Magic Matters – a cracking show for a festive, feel good evening of entertainment with friends and family. Prepare to be bamboozled!

Also this Christmas season, we will be joined by the ever popular Sheelanagig and Friends in the Factory Theatre on Mon 17 December and the much loved Ministry of Entertainment return to The Brewery with a 2012 reworking of their hit show Yes, We Have No Bananas, part of their highly successful wartime trilogy from 04 – 15 December.

We’re also thrilled that last years’ sell out co-production between ourselves and Travelling Light, Cinderella: A Fairytale will play at the new St James Theatre in Westminster from 12 December to 26 January. For more info on Cinderella: A Fairytale and St James Theatre and press tickets contact Julia Stidolph on 020 7654 9905 / .uk

Moving into the New Year we’re hugely looking forward to Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s mouth-watering new season. SATTF get off to an historic start with the extraordinarily powerful Richard III in the Factory Theatre from 14 February – 30 March, followed by the darkly comic Two Gentlemen of Verona from 04 April – 04 May.


Alongside so much going on in the Factory space through Christmas and into the Shakespeare season, our new brochure also gives The Brewery programme a chance to shine.

It begins with Seabright Productions’ Oliver Reed: Wild Thing from 22 January – 02 February; a blistering solo show about the life story of legendary hell raiser Oliver Reed. Next up Nunkie Theatre Company return with two unforgettable scary stories from Montague Rhodes James; Count Magnus: Two Ghost Stories by M R James will play from 05 – 09 February.

Next, we are joined by the talented Saikat Ahamed (TFT’s Cinderella: A Fairytale, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Bristol Old Vic’s Treasure Island and Peter Pan) for a journey into the life and times of Hashi, his mother, and the emerging nation of Bangladesh. The Tiger and the Moustache was originally developed as Bangladesh as part of Bristol Old Vic’s Bristol Ferment and plays in The Brewery from 12 – 16 February. From 19 February – 02 March the passionate talents of Idle Motion are back, this time with their Total Theatre Award-nominated show Borges and I, an evocative exploration of the life of Jorge Luis Borges.

Bob Kingdom, presented by Richard Jordan Productions and Assembly brings us a double bill in March, with the return of the acclaimed Dylan Thomas: Return Journey from Mon 4 – Sat 9 March and – following the Diamond Jubilee, The Kings Speech and W.E. – an explosive play telling the behind the scenes story of Edward Duke of Windsor, in An Audience with the Duke of Windsor from Mon 11 – Sat 16 March.

Following the success of I’m An Aristocrat, Get Me Out of Here last season, Gonzo Moose join us in The Brewery for What The Dickens?, the latest in their trademark hilarious and anarchic comedy theatre. Then, a show which brings £10,000 in real pound coins to the stage, asking What is money? What is it worth? And what happens if we stop believing in it, Money the Game Show will play on Tue 26 & Wed 27 March.

Company Boudin (Henry VIII & The Royal Wedding Planner,) and in particular, Andy Burden (Pinocchio and A Christmas Carol), join us for a new, energetic adaptation of the epic book that everyone should read; The Count of Monte Cristo will be here from 09 – 20 April. Then, a controversial and timely production from Gilded Balloon Productions, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is a harrowing yet hilarious tale exploring the legality and morality of electronic sweatshops in China, where workers make our beloved iPhones. It’s on 23 April – 04 May.

As part of a new initiative to present a work per season in an off-site venue, we present Comedian Dies In The Middle Of Joke, on 26 & 27 April at The Hen & Chicken, where the audience are invited to get involved in the reconstruction of a comedian’s murder. We’re then joined back in The Brewery by Anglea Clerkin & Improbable, for The Bear, a comical show about an everyday murder and a mythical bear on Fri 10 & Sat 11 May.

For families, Shoofly Theatre, the brainchild of designer Katie Sykes and actor/director Craig Edwards, present I’m Not Your Friend Anymore! from 13 – 17 February, a delightful look at the trials and tribulations of young friendship. Nutty Noah is back with his explosive family entertainment show for two performances only on 17 March. Finally, from 02 – 07 April, Hiccup Theatre join us for a wonderful new adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, written by Olivier award-winning writer Mike Kenny.

The Comedy Box in association with Tobacco Factory Theatre presents a selection of top comedians this season, including: Sean Hughes (29 & 30 January), Mark Thomas (31 January – 02 February), John Shuttleworth (03 February), Lee Hurst (24 February), Simon Munnery (03 March), Boy With Tape On His Face (07 April), Henning Wehn (21 April), Jimeoin (28 April) and Richard Herring (09 – 11 May).

We are pleased to continue our Comedy At The Brewery series which was such a success last season. Having tried it out we’ve realised what a great venue The Brewery is for comedy, so join us to end the weekend with a laugh, including: Instant Wit (27 January), Sheeps: Dancing with Lisa (10 February), Shazia Mirza (03 March) and Daniel Simonsen (24 March).

Finally, we continue our collaboration with Bristol Storytelling Festival and present four Sunday evenings of intimate storytelling in The Brewery. Shows include: Grimm and Grimmer (02 December), The Kingdom Of The Heart (03 February), Tales From Mauritius (10 March) and The Mouth Of The Night (07 April).

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