The Shadow Factory

A World Premiere Production by Howard Brenton at NST City

07 February, 2018 - 03 March, 2018

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

Nuffield Southampton Theatres Presents

A World Premiere Production at NST City

The Shadow Factory

By Howard Brenton

Directed by Samuel Hodges
Casting by Annelie Powell CDG

7th February - 3rd March 2018

The first production at our new theatre NST City in Guildhall Square

Access Performances: BSL and Audio Described -  Feb 24th 2:30pm

Preview Performances: February 7th - February 14th



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



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

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?

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. 

Experience this spectacular world premiere to open Southampton’s brand new theatre NST City featuring a 25-strong community chorus made up of Southampton residents, and conceived by Nuffield Southampton Theatre’s director Samuel Hodges (Dedication, The Glass Menagerie) and 59 Productions (Warhorse,An American in Paris), the Tony award winning design team behind the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

A Nuffield Southampton Theatres production




Howard Brenton


Samuel Hodges


Gemma Aked-Priestley

Assistant Director

Anthony Lau

Associate Director

59 Productions


Max and Ben Ringham

Sound Designers & Composers

Matt Daw

Lighting Designer

Candida Caldicot

Music Director

Alex Clements

Assistant Music Director

Lucy Cullingford

Movement Director

Andrew Quick

Production Manager

Andy Hunt

Assistant Production Manager

Stuart Relph

Company Stage Manager

Karen Habens

Deputy Stage Manager

Christie Wilkes

Assistant Stage Manager

Jessica Rice

Assistant Stage Manager

Megan Naylor

Stage Management Placement

Jess Baines

Prop Maker

Rob Jones

Sound Operator

Molly Einchcomb

Costumer Designer

Celia Grenville

Costume Supervisor

Olivia O’Grady


Laila Jam

Costume Maker

Flora Davies

Make Up Artist

Jacquie Crago

Dialect Coach


David Birrell

David Birrell


Catherine Cusack

Catherine Cusack


Anita Dobson

Anita Dobson

Lady Cooper / Ma

Lorna Fitzgerald

Lorna Fitzgerald


Hilton McRae

Hilton McRae

Lord Beaverbrook

Shala Nyx

Shala Nyx


Daniel York

Daniel York

Len Gooch