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The Factory Theatre Company is a theatre company based in the United Kingdom.

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HistoryEdit

The Factory's first production, William Shakespeare's Hamlet, was first performed at various pop-up locations across London, the first of these being a studio theatre in Southwark, and others included City Hall and County Hall.[1] Each cast member was able to play multiple parts, and the only 'props' used were objects brought by the audience (which once included a baby). According to The Guardian, this production won The Factory a "cult following".[2]

The Factory's production of The Seagull was first performed at the Hampstead Theatre in London in April 2009, directed by Tim Carroll. Similarly to their production of Hamlet, the cast was made up of multiple actors capable of playing different roles, and the only 'props' used were objects brought by the audience. Unlike their production of Hamlet, the story of the novel was performed without script, with the cast instead learning the story's "units of action" to shape the performance around; thus the actors, script and props were all different for each performance. The performance was lauded as "as unforgettable and moving as any theatre I've seen" by The Guardian's Hermione Hoby.[2]

In March 2012, The Factory staged their production of Hamlet, together with Creation Theatre Company, at the original Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford. From March to April of the same year, The Factory and Creation Theatre then staged another co-production, a new translation of Homer's Odyssey.[3]

In August to September 2014, The Factory staged their production of the Odyssey in Peckham. This production was directed by Tim Caroll.[4]

The Factory has also produced one of the first plays of writer Steven Bloomer.[5] The Factory also staged a production of Shakespeare's Macbeth.[6]

MembersEdit

The Factory was co-founded by actors Alex Hassell and Tim Evans.[7] Hassell is currently the sole artistic director.[8][9] The Factory's patrons include British actors Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Mark Rylance and Emma Thompson.[9][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Martin, Francesca (13 May 2008). "Saatchi's former gallery to relaunch as triple-theatre powerhouse". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Seagull" The Guardian
  3. ^ McCrum, Robert (11 March 2012). "The Titanic still offers rich pickings for writers". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  4. ^ Theatre, The Factory (31 August 2014). "We're thrilled to say that week 1 of our two-week run of The Odyssey went incredibly well! Only 6 SHOWS LEFT!". Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  5. ^ Barnard, Adam (11 December 2013). "We don't need no theatre in education: let's get kids commissioning our plays". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  6. ^ "THE FACTORY". THE FACTORY. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Who is Alex Hassell? The Miniaturist's Johannes and star of Miranda, Bonkers and Love Soup". 27 December 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Team". THE FACTORY. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  9. ^ a b Hoggard, Liz (1 November 2015). "Alex Hassell: 'Of course you hope people will say – yes, I saw his Henry V'". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2018.

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