Much ado at the Tobacco Factory

THE 2019 production for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory is Much Ado About Nothing, on in Bristol from Wednesday 16th October to Saturday 9th November, and then at Wilton’s Music Hall in London from Tue 12th to Saturday 23rd November.

Elizabeth Freestone’s production brings some stf favour­ites back to the former cigar packing factory in Bedmin­ster, and introduces some new faces.

This 20th anniversary production brings back Dorothea Myer-Bennett as Beatrice and introduces  Geoffrey Lumb as Benedick. Dorothea, a former Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student, has played Rosalind in As You Like It, Lady Croom in Arcadia, Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Lady Anne in Richard III, Cél­imene in The Misanth­rope, Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Regan in King Lear and Varya in The Cherry Orchard, all at the Tobacco Factory.

Geoffrey Lumb has been seen in Tartuffe and This House, for the National Theatre), Troilus and Cressida, Vice Versa, Coriolanus, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, King John, The Taming of The Shrew, The American Pilot, The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream all for the RSC, King Charles III on tour, Macbeth and Twelfth Night with Filter Theatre Co and The Changeling, as we;l; as many television appearances. He is also a BOVTS alumnus.

The Bristol Much Ado cast also includes newcomers Imran Momen and Hannah Bristow, who also trained at BOVTS and was Winner of the Newton Blick Award for Most Versatile Actor 2016.   ( Balthasar will be played by Bethan Mary-James, with Louise Mai Newberry as Dogberry.

Georgia Frost, another BOVTS graduate, making her sft debut as Don Joh and the Sexton.  She was national winner of Monologue Slam 2018, sinner of The Alan Bates Award 2017 and Stephen Sondheim Performer of The Year  and winner of best song 2017. Her most recent theatre credits include; Dead Dog in a Suitcase (for Kneehigh Theatre), Wild Swimming , A Monster Calls, The Meaning of Zong and an unforgettable performance in the award-winning The Little Mermaid at the egg at Bath’s Theatre Royal.

Zachary Powell returns to play Don Pedro and Seacole,a after his stf roles in Henry V in 2018 and Othello in 2017.   The Friar and Borachio will be played by Alex Wilson, who has spent the summer in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men’s wonderful alfreso A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Bristol favourite Christopher Bianchi plays Leonato. He has been seen in stf productions of Tartuffe, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, Living Quarters, As You Like It, Arcadia, Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, King Lear, Anthony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, as well as many other memorable performances in the city and at Bath (who will forget The French Detective and the Blue Dog?)

Alice Barclay returns to Bedminster to play Ursula, after her performance as Exeter in Henry V for stf last year. She was also in The Grinning Man, A Menace and Swallows and Amazons at  Bristol Old Vic, War Horse and Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Taming of The Shrew  for the RSC.

For more details telephone   0117 902 0344 or visit the website, www.stf-theatre.org.uk