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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
Nuffield Southampton Theatres Presents
Back by popular demand!
Directed by Samuel Hodges
Associate Director Anthony Lau
Casting by Annelie Powell CDG
Design by 59 Productions
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!"
Review: The Shadow Factory, NST City, Southampton
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!
Set and Video Design
Associate Lighting Designer
Sound Designer and Composer (Ringham Brothers)
Associate Sound Designer
Associate Music Director
Casting Director (NST Head of Casting)
Assistant Production Manager
Company Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Fred Dimmock / Hugh Dowding
Lady Cooper / Ma Dimmock
Lil Dimmock / Sylvia Meinster
Community Company Dance Captain
Community Company Voice Captain
Tickets starting at: £30, £24, £17, £10
Previews starting at: £22, £18, £14, £10
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Student tickets - £10