Southampton’s brand-new theatre complex, NST City, launches next month with Howard Brenton’s new play about a subject close to home.
The Shadow Factory tells the story of Southampton’s courage in 1940 during The Battle of Britain.
Southampton was home to our only hope of victory: the Spitfire.
But when the Luftwaffe dropped 2,300 bombs in three devastating raids, the city went up in flames and the Woolston Supermarine Spitfire factory was destroyed.
From the ashes, a story of chaos, courage and community spirit emerges.
Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Samuel Hodges, directs David Birrell, Catherine Cusack, Lorna Fitzgerald, EastEnders’ Abi Branning who is making her stage debut, Hilton McRae and Daniel York.
NST City is part of Studio 144, Southampton’s new £30m city centre arts venue, situated in the heart of the city centre.
The new venue will include a flexible 450 seat main house theatre, a 133 seat studio, screening facilities, rehearsal, workshop spaces and bar and restaurant.
NST will run the new city centre venue alongside its existing theatre on the University of Southampton’s Highfield Campus.
Studio 144, Southampton’s ambitious new venue for theatre, visual art and film brings two world-class arts organisations – Nuffield Southampton Theatres and John Hansard Gallery, part of the University of Southampton – into the heart of the city centre for the first time, together with media and film specialists City Eye.
The Shadow Factory runs at NST City from February 7 to March 3.
It will be followed by A Streetcar Named Desire (March 23 – 31 and June 5 – 16); SS Mendi, Dancing the Death Drill (June 29 – July 14); Women in Power (September 8 – 29) and Don Carlos, with Tom Burke, (October 23 – November 3).