Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (SATTF) is an independent theatre company and charity, producing large-cast professional Shakespeare, as well as works by other authors, in Bristol's Tobacco Factory Theatre.
The company was formed in 1999 and its national reputation was established by its very first season of King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream in, 2000.
Each spring, from early February to May, SATTF offers a Shakespeare double bill, occasionally mixing in works by other authors. The productions regularly sell-out attracting in excess of 20,000 people annually.
In addition to the annual two-play seasons at the Tobacco Factory the company has performed at the Barbican Pit (Macbeth and The Changeling, 2004), the Bristol Old Vic and the Galway Festival (Uncle Vanya, 2009/10), the Exeter Northcott (2011), The Kingston Rose (The Cherry Orchard, 2012).
SATTF embarked on its first UK tour in 2013 with Two Gentlemen of Verona, visiting theatres in Lancaster, Scarborough, Cheltenham, Exeter and Winchester, with plans - and some funding - to tour again in 2014, 2015 and beyond.
The company offers valuable and increasingly rare opportunities for young artists to develop their careers through its Graduate and Apprentice Actor Schemes.
Additionally, SATTF works closely with local schools and colleges as part of a strong Educational Outreach programme to enable young people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds to access theatre and gain valuable skills for life. SATTF endeavours to run its Saturday Morning Workshops at an overall subsidised rate and offer free places to talented young people (where possible) who would otherwise be unable to attend.