Two Gentlemen of Verona Spring Tour 2013

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory  (SATTF) is delighted to announce its first national tour during spring 2013, generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation who have offered touring funding over a three year period.

SATTF will tour Shakespeare’s early comedy, Two Gentlemen of Verona,  immediately after a five week run at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory. The production is directed by, Andrew Hilton and designed by, Harriet de Winton.

Two Gentlemen of Verona 2013 dates:

Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol                    4 April - 4 May

The Dukes, Lancaster                                     7 - 11 May

Everyman, Cheltenham                                  14 - 18 May

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough            28 May - 1 June

Exeter Northcott Theatre                                 4 - 8 June

Theatre Royal, Winchester                             11-15 June

‘We are all enormously excited to be embarking on our first national tour, and particularly look forward to the adaptations we shall make en route – from our pillared, in-the-square home in Bristol, to real in-the-round in Lancaster and Scarborough, to the more conventional stages of Cheltenham, Winchester and Exeter. The play is wonderfully engrossing – romantic, funny, and provocative – and we have a terrific team of actors and musicians to bring it to life.’
Andrew Hilton, Director



SATTF will return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre, after a first visit in 2011 with their highly praised production of, The Comedy of Errors.  The company will also tour to Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, Dukes Theatre Lancaster, Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough and the Theatre Royal Winchester for the first time.

‘We are over the moon that Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory are taking their excellent work across the country – not an easy thing to do when there are so few in-the-round theatre spaces. As one of the UK’s leading companies making large cast Shakespeare productions, their work deserves to be seen by a much wider audience.’
Julie Brown, Producer & Communications Manager, The Dukes, Lancaster

“I have seen some wonderful Shakespeare productions by this company over the years and I am delighted that they are coming to Cheltenham as part of their first tour.”
Geoffrey Rowe, Chief Executive, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

‘We are delighted to welcome Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory back to the Exeter Northcott Theatre, our audiences will be thrilled to have another chance to enjoy what we know will be an excellent and accessible production.’
Kate Tyrrell, Executive Director, Exeter Northcott Theatre

‘Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory has built a fantastic national reputation for their vivid and accessible productions so it’s very exciting to welcome them to our theatre in the round in Scarborough on their first ever tour.’
Amanda Saunders, Touring and Programming Director, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

"We are very pleased to be one of the tour venues for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory's tour of Two Gentlemen of Verona in 2013. They have a reputation for work of the highest quality and we welcome the chance for Winchester audiences to see this rarely performed play.’
Mark Courtice, Director, Theatre Royal Winchester


Two Gentlemen of Verona

Friendship and love and loyalty and betrayal are the real players in this darkly comic early romance.

Two lifelong friends – the two young gentlemen of the title – are parted first by circumstance, and then by rivalry in love. Can their loyalty to each other survive the test, or will new loyalties drive out the old? How deep into perfidy can one be driven by sexual obsession?And what do even the most adored of women count for in a profoundly masculine world? 

Shakespeare’s vision is both comic and shocking - and extraordinarily modern.

Reviews of SATTF’s The Comedy of Errors 2011:   
“Unmissable”   The Sunday Times *****
“If you’ve never found Shakespeare’s comedies funny, do try this”  The Guardian ****  

Spring Touring 2013 – Booking Information:

April 4 - May 4 Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol                               
Raleigh Road, Bristol BS3 1TF
0117 902 0344 www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com

May 7-11 Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE
01524 598500 www.dukes-lancaster.org

May 14-18 Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ
01242 572573 www.everymantheatre.org.uk

May 28-June 1 Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Westborough, Scarborough, N Yorks YO11 1JW
01723 370541 www.sjt.uk.com
(Booking opens in January 2013)

June 4-8 Exeter Northcott Theatre
Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB
01392 493 493 www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

June 11-15 Theatre Royal, Winchester
21-23 Jewry Street Winchester, Hants SO23 8SB
01962 840440 www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

The 2013 Spring tour is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation as well as a generous donation from a private patron.

For further information please contact: Morag Massey, General Manager  t: 0117 963 3054