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The Shadow Factory

30 January, 2019 - 02 March, 2019

Back by popular demand! The World Premiere Production by Howard Brenton returns! “Samuel Hodges stages superbly a play that celebrates both the plane and the courage of the city that built it.” **** Mail on Sunday

  • wheelchair access
  • signed perfomance
  • hearing enhancement
  • audio description
  • assistance dogs

Nuffield Southampton Theatres Presents

Back by popular demand!

The Shadow Factory

By Howard Brenton

Directed by Samuel Hodges

Associate Director Anthony Lau

Casting by Annelie Powell CDG
Design by 59 Productions 

30th January - 2nd March 2019

Running Time: 2hr 30 min (including interval)

Preview Performances: 30th and 31st January

How Theatre's Made: Thurs 7th Feb 5:00pm

Post-show Q&A : Tues 12th Feb

Access Performances: BSL Interpreted and Audio Described - 2nd Mar 2:30pm


With thanks to Solent Sky Museum 




The Guardian - Michael Billington

The Shadow Factory review – Howard Brenton's bolshy drama declares war 



The Times - Dominic Maxwell

Theatre review: The Shadow Factory at NST City, Southampton



The Mail on Sunday - Robert Gore-Langton

The Shadow Factory Review



Pocketsize Theatre - Nick Wayne

REVIEW: The Shadow Factory at the Nuffield Southampton Theatres


"It really is a must see!"

Daily Echo 

Review: The Shadow Factory, NST City, Southampton



Morning Star

SIMON PARSONS recommends a new play on the stand-off in Southampton between locals and government during WWII


Autumn 1940. The Battle of Britain rages.

Southampton is home to our only hope of victory: the Spitfire. But when the Luftwaffe drops 2,300 bombs in three devastating raids, the city goes up in flames and the Woolston Supermarine Spitfire factory is destroyed.

Jackie is the third generation of Dimmock at her family-run laundry. Polly is the first and only draughtswoman in the Spitfire design office. How will each woman forge her own path in this evolving landscape?

From the ashes, a story of chaos, courage and community spirit emerges.

One of Britain’s greatest living playwrights, Hampshire-born Howard Brenton (Anne Boleyn, Shakespeare’s Globe; Pravda, National Theatre) tells the remarkable and little known story of how Southampton stepped up when the chips were down.

Critically acclaimed, this sell out smash hit features a stellar cast supported by a 25-strong community company made up of Southampton residents. The Shadow Factory returns to celebrate the first birthday of Southampton’s brand new theatre NST City. 

Don’t miss out this time!






Community Company 





Community Company Video




Howard Brenton


Samuel Hodges


Anthony Lau

Associate Director

Gemma Aked-Priestley

Assistant Director

59 Productions

Set and Video Design

Matt Daw

Lighting Design

Dan Saggars

Associate Lighting Designer

Max and Ben Ringham

Sound Designer and Composer (Ringham Brothers)

Rob Jones

Associate Sound Designer

Molly Einchcomb

Costume Design

Lucy Cullingford

Movement Director

Maria Clarke

Movement Associate

Candida Caldicot

Music Director

Teddy Clements

Associate Music Director

Annelie Powell

Casting Director (NST Head of Casting)

Andrew Quick

Production Manager

Andy Hunt

Assistant Production Manager

Wendy Griffin-Reed

Company Stage Manager

Karen Habens

Deputy Stage Manager

Jessica Rice

Assistant Stage Manager

Eleanor Watson

Wardrobe Manager


David Birrell

David Birrell

Fred Dimmock / Hugh Dowding

Denise Black

Denise Black

Lady Cooper / Ma Dimmock

Bethan Cullinane

Bethan Cullinane

Jackie Dimmock

Catherine Cusack

Catherine Cusack

Lil Dimmock / Sylvia Meinster

Michael Fenton Stevens

Michael Fenton Stevens

Lord Beaverbrook

Shala Nyx

Shala Nyx

Polly Stride

Joe Tracini

Joe Tracini

Len Gooch

Grace Tarr

Community Company Dance Captain

Beatrice John

Community Company Voice Captain

Nicky Azor

Community Company

Josie Bailey

Community Company

Ollie Bruce

Community Company

Daisy Collins

Community Company

Chloe Coombes

Community Company

Madison Cooper

Community Company

Sue Dashper

Community Company

Jack Dennis

Community Company

Jonathan Fulcher

Community Company

Helen Gard

Community Company

Dawn Gatrell

Community Company

Julia Gavin

Community Company

Al Guthrie

Community Company

Mark Jones

Community Company

Hiva Kallaveh

Community Company

Alan Matlock

Community Company

Sam Momber

Community Company

Georgina Pugh

Community Company

Lucy Thompson

Community Company

Roger Toye

Community Company

Hannah Wood

Community Company

Tickets starting at: £30, £24, £17, £10

Previews starting at: £22, £18, £14, £10

Tickets for this production start at the prices above. Make sure you book quickly, as demand for tickets increases, prices may change.

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For Wheelchair and Disability bookings, please call the Box Office for availability.

Groups of 10 or more save! Contact the Box Office for best available rates.

Student tickets - £10