2015 Company Profiles

Morag Massey

Producer & General Manager

Producer SATTF: Trained Broadcast Journalist, worked for BBC Radio 4 as event organiser, researcher, producer. Touring, marketing and development.

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Current/Future Productions

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF) is delighted to announce its third national tour during spring 2015, generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation who have offered touring funding over a three year period.

Watch a rehearsal film of Romeo and Juliet here! 

Watch Made in Bristol TV footage including interviews with the cast, Director and audience reactions.

Romeo and Juliet
Directed by Polina Kalinina 
A co-production with Tobacco Factory Theatres 

Tobacco Factory Theatres                         19 Feb -04 April
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham                 13 - 16 May
The Dukes, Lancaster                               19 - 23 May
Neuss Shakespeare Festival                      28 -31 May         
Theatre Royal, Winchester                        02 - 06 June
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough       09 - 13 June
Derby Theatre                                          16 - 20 June
Salisbury Playhouse                                  23 - 27 June

Photos Craig Fuller and Farrows Creative


The Guardian 4 Stars ★★★★
 'The kids are taking over the theatre company Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Not only is a young guest director, Polina Kalinina, in charge for only the second time in SATTF’s history, this much-told fable about the battle between youth and age is given a revamp that will make anyone over the age of 25 worry about being past it....Thrilling work'

What’s On Stage 4 Stars
'With its 'star is born' central turn and youthful vitality to burn this Romeo and Juliet is a bullseye for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.'
BY Kris Halett 

Exeunt Magazine 5 Stars ★★★★★ 'The decision to fully embrace and perform Romeo and Juliet as a teenager’s play is at the heart of why Shakespeare and the Tobacco Factory’s latest performance is so majestically good.'
By Rosemary Waugh 

The Public Reviews 4 Stars ★★★★ 'Striking production....something memorable'
By Claire Hayes

365 Bristol 4 Stars ★★★★ 'I urge you to go and see this masterful production.'
By Grace Fox 

Stage Talk Magazine – 4 Stars ★★★★ 'The production sings with originality and leaves us in patient expectation to see what comes next from all concerned.'  
by Graham Wyles 

Bristol 24/7 'This is a Romeo and Juliet filled not with sighings and swoonings but with grunts and roars: passionate, full of vivid emotion, shot through with the (blood)lust of youth.'
By Steve Wright 

Intermission magazine 4 Stars ★★★★ 'With strong acting from the start, a cracking psychedelic-rock soundtrack, and onstage bust-ups to keep you on edge for hours, this production is definitely one to pay a visit to this spring.'
By Julia Pritchard

Plays To See 4 Stars ★★★★ 'These actors have clearly been directed to abandon themselves to the characters they play.'
By Emily Derbyshire

Reviews Gate 'A striking production with, for once, a Romeo who deserves his Juliet.'
By Timothy Ramsden

Gloucester Gazette '
If you go to see one single play this year, make it SATTF’s Romeo and Juliet. You won’t be disappointed.'
By Jayne Bennett

Theatreworld Internet Magazine 'This was a production and a casting that Andrew Hilton can be proud of, seeing his company progress to maturity and succeed without his direct hands-on intervention in marching into the future.'
By Richard Jones

Romeo and Juliet Spring Touring 2015 – Booking Information:

19 Feb - 04 April
Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol 
Raleigh Road, Bristol BS3 1TF 0117 902 0344 www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com

13-16 May 
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ 
01242 572573 www.everymantheatre.org.uk

19 - 23 May
The Dukes, Lancaster
Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
01524 598500 www.dukes-lancaster.org 

28 - 31 May
Shakespeare Festival, Neuss, Germany

02-06 June 
Theatre Royal, Winchester 
22 Jewry Street Winchester, Hants SO23 8SB 
01962 840440 www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

09-13 June 
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Westborough, Scarborough, N Yorks YO11 1JW 
01723 370541 www.sjt.uk.com

16-20 June
Dery Theatre
Theatre Walk, Derby, DE1 2NF
01332 59 39 39  www.derbytheatre.co.uk

23-27 June
Salisbury Playhouse

Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wilts, SP2 7RA
01722 320 333 www.salisburyplayhouse.com 

For further information please contact: Morag Massey Producer SATTF - 0117 963 3054 morag@sattf.org.uk  

Grant support is from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and a generous donation from a private patron.

The "Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. 

The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK.  They make grants of £30 - £35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. The Foundation also operate a £26 million Finance Fund which invests in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.

Press Reviews from our 2014 Tour As You Like It

★★★★ The Times "Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory begin its fifteenth year in business with an enchanting staging of this comedy... I've seen brasher, bigger productions of this play that never came close to the sense of discovery and joy that this offers." (Dominic Maxwell 21.02.14)

★★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine: "Now in its fifteenth year since the company’s formation in 1999, this is an ensemble at the top of its game. Its second UK tour this summer will undoubtedly win it a growing army of supporters. This is a jewel of a performance; I cannot recommend it highly enough." (Simon Bishop 19.02.14)

★★★★ Whats On Stage: "This is a highly enjoyable production with a superb central performance and another feather in Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory's cap. The company has gone from strength to strength in recent years." (John Campbell 19.02.14)

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