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Tobacco Factory Theatres has announced three new shows to be performed in the round in the theatre’s main Factory Theatre, including co-productions with Opera Project and New International Encounter (NIE) and one in-house Shakespeare production. 

This new season will see Tobacco Factory Theatres’ ‘unfailingly brilliant’ (Bristol 24/7) Christmas productions join hands with opera and Shakespeare which return to the theatres’ repertoire for the first time since before the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In a co-production with Opera Project, The Marriage of Figaro will be the first production staged-in-the round this autumn, running from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 12th of October. Directed by Richard Studer (Artistic Director of Opera Project) and conducted by Jonathan Lyness (Musical Director of Opera Project), this will be the first opera to be staged at the venue since The Barber of Seville, the last collaboration between the two companies in 2019. 

TFT will once again join forces with New International Encounter this Christmas, following their hugely successful main house co-productions in recent years of The Snow Queen (2022), Snow White (2019) and Beauty & The Beast (2017). This year’s festive offer in The Factory Theatre will be Hansel and Gretel, directed by Alex Byrne (Artistic Director of NIE), and it will run from Thursday 28 November 2024 to Sunday 12 January 2025.

This will include 11 dedicated performances for school groups to satisfy demand. 

Shakespeare will return to Tobacco Factory Theatres with Heidi Vaughan directing an in-house production of The Winter’s Tale from Thursday 20th of February 2025 to Saturday 29 March 2025. Tobacco Factory Theatres has a rich history of presenting Shakespeare with this production being the first home-produced adaptation of a Shakespeare play since A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2019.  

Announcing this exciting season of home-produced and co-produced work, Artistic Director Heidi Vaughan, said,   “Tobacco Factory Theatres has a proud history of creating great theatre right here at our iconic home in South Bristol. We have spent the last year listening to our audiences and we believe this new season of productions complements our wonderful programme of received work; in a way that is both contemporary and classical in its offer.”

All three productions will go on sale to members of Tobacco Factory Theatres on Tuesday 7 of May with general sale opening at 12.30pm on Thursday 9 of May. For Hansel & Gretel, there will be a special 20%-off EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for all tickets purchased before midday on Wednesday 31 July.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office on 0117 902 0344.