The Shadow Factory

A World Premiere Production by Howard Brenton

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

7th February - 3rd March 2018

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

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Access Performances: BSL and Audio Described -  March 3rd 2:30pm

Preview Performances: February 7th - February 14th

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

Writer: Howard Brenton

Director: Samuel Hodges

Associate Director: Anthony Lau

Designer: 59 Productions

Sound Designers and Composers: Max and Ben Ringham

Musical Director: Candida Caldicot

Movement Director: Lucy Cullingford


Howard Brenton


Samuel Hodges


59 Productions


Max and Ben Ringham

Sound Designers

Anthony Lau

Associate Director