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All’s Well That Ends Well – Exeter Northcott

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Dominic Power Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Lucy Corley All’s Well That Ends Well is the second half of a double-bill at Exeter Northcott by Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, following a production of Hamlet that was fairly well-received, if a little predictable for this reviewer. Back for a second round, we find the same concrete-esque grey ...

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All’s Well That Ends Well – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Lizz Clark How can you make someone love you when they don’t? It’s the subject of many pop songs, but even some great fans of Shakespeare will be unaware that he wrote a play on the theme. All’s Well That Ends Well, in this Bristol Tobacco Factory production, is a witty comedy brim-full ...

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Hamlet – The Lowry, Salford

Alan Mahon as Hamlet

Writer: William Shakespeare Director : Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Bristol’s Tobacco Factory company bring Shakespeare’s Scandi Noir play to Salford’s Lowry Theatre, in repertory with the lesser known comedy All’s Well That Ends Well. While the Tobacco factory may have pedigree of their own, the echoes of applause seem barely to have died away from Maxine Peake’s daring performance ...

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Hamlet – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Hilton Designer: Max Johns Reviewer: Ron Simpson Bristol’s Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory has a reputation for clear narrative and radical interpretations, but this year’s Hamlet, directed by Artistic Director Andrew Hilton, doesn’t entirely convince on the first count and makes no attempt at the second. While its companion on tour, All’s Well that Ends ...

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Hamlet – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Alan Mahon as Hamlet at Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes Approaching the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, it seems that one of his most famous tragedies is being staged now more than ever. Benedict Cumberbatch’s high profile Hamlet attracted a legion of his fans to the Barbican last year, while Paapa Essiedu – who previously played Romeo at the Tobacco Factory ...

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INTERVIEW: Alan Mahon reflects on outrageous fortune

There’s a lot in Shakespeare’s Hamlet that’s simply padding – they didn’t have a lot to do in the 17th Century so a four-hour visit to the theatre was a welcome break to the monotony. Kris Hallett spoke to actor Alan Mahon ahead of Bristol Tobacco Factory Theatre’s latest outing for the work and found there’s much to be said ...

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Living Quarters – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes In this new production of Living Quarters, Andrew Hilton dusts off the play he first directed back in 1991 to reimagine a much-overlooked piece by one of our most significant living writers. Yet, being revived as an echo from the past feels particularly appropriate for Brian Friel’s 1977 work, dwelling as ...

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The School For Scandal – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Adaptor: Dominic Power Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s second production of the season is from Sheridan – not the first time the company has strayed outside its Shakespearean roots. Unexpectedly for SATTF regulars though, it’s this play, rather than its season companion Romeo and Juliet, which has the more familiar, ...

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