Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres will re-open following a major £1.6 million redevelopment.

The redevelopment which began in January this year will enable the theatre to present a rich variety of national and international touring work, with an anticipated 360 performances by 50 companies, reaching 30additionle.

In addittion to the new Spielman Theatre, a state-of-the art studio space will also act as an engine room for new ideas and a creative and learning space for all ages.

Artistic Director Mike Tweddle

Artistic Director Mike Tweddle said “It’s thrilling to be leading the artistic vision of Tobacco Factory Theatres as this bold new chapter takes shape, and with a state-of-the-art theatre with the capability to produce and present the very highest quality theatre.”

He added “The community that surrounds us in Bristol has supported us so generously during this evolution; without them we wouldn’t have been able to make this vision a reality.”

The redevelopment was funded via a public fundraising campaign alongside investment from Arts Council England and a major donation from the Spielman Charitable Trust – after which the new studio theatre is named.

Executive Director Mary Caws said “The redevelopment signals a step-change in the organisation’s ambition with the revitalised spaces having a real and lasting impact on our work.

The first Spielman Theatre season opens on 24 October with Ellie Dubois No Show, followed by Shôn Dale-Jones in The Duke.

Mike Tweddle’s Beautiful Thing will open on 11 October in the Tobacco Factory Theatre, marking 25 years since the landmark play from Jonathan Harvey was first staged.