When a theatre launches its season, you often hear phrases along the lines of, “Our biggest ever!” In the case of the Tobacco Factory Theatres May – Dec 2018 season, it’s actually true.
The season starts with the tail end of the second Factory Company production, Artistic Director Mike Tweedle’s brilliant A View From The Bridge. Kicking off the season proper, the highlights include Vamos Theatre’s A Brave Face, the Red Ladder/West Yorkshire Playhouse’s adaptation of the David Peace novel The Damned United, the brilliant and completely bonkers Told By An Idiot with All You Need Is LSD, Rashdash’s take on Chekhov Three Sisters by Rashdash, After Chekhov and an inspired choice of Christmas show, The Borrowers.
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory returns with Henry V, directed by Elizabeth Freestone and Mike Tweedle returns to the director’s chair with Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing that, like the recent Macbeth and A View From The Bridge, promises a team of local and national artists.
If that wasn’t enough, the big news is the opening of a brand new theatre for Bristol. The Spielman Theatre is the TFTS new space that promises to focus on more intimate productions, one person shows, cabarets and circus. It opens with No Show, an all-female contemporary circus show from Ellie Dubois and also features Liz Aggiss and the return of popular scratch night Prototype.
This really is big news for Tobacco Factory Theatres and the South West. A genuinely exciting hub of performance for the whole community.
Full season details can be found here.