The Shadow Factory

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

30 January, 2019 - 02 March, 2019

  • 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

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

Please note images are from the previous production. 



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 inthree 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!