Tobacco Factory announces Spring Season 2023

Tobacco Factory announces Spring Season 2023

Posted on: 23 Nov 2022

As the nights get colder and darker Tobacco Factory Theatres have given us a glimpse into brighter times with their eagerly anticipated Spring line-up for the 2023 season.


Tobacco Factory Theatres’ Spring Season of comedy, drama and family productions begins on Sunday 12 March and ends on Saturday 15 April.


While all eyes may currently be on the South Bristol theatre’s upcoming Christmas production of The Snow Queen, local theatre fans can start to plan ahead for a very busy Spring schedule planned.


Head to the Tobacco Factory website for a full list of what coming up in Spring 2023.



The Tobacco Factory Spring 2023 programme kicks off with two comedy shows that are already sold out. On Sunday 12 March, Man Down star Mike Wozniak will head to Bristol for his show ‘Zusa’ before the much-loved comedian, poet and actor Tim Key is back in the city with ‘Mulberry’ on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May.


On Thursday 23 March, young comedian Josh Pugh will perform his new show ‘Sausage, Egg, Josh Pugh, Chips and Beans’ at the BS3 venue. A nominee for Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Award, the Twitter sensation has recently supported Joe Lycett on tour.


Another up-and-coming comedian will be taking to the stage in March in the shape of Chloe Petts. ‘Transience’, Pett’s debut show, will appear in Bristol on Friday 24 March off the back of praise from the likes of The Guardian and a slot supporting Ed Gamble on his UK tour.

Next up is Tobacco Factory’s headline children’s production ‘I Want My Hat Back Trilogy’, presented by Little Angel Theatre with Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde. The play follows the hit YouTube series from Jon Klassen’s beloved books.


From Friday 31 March until Sunday 9 April, Little Angel will tell the fun-filled story of a bear’s lost hat and its journey through the animal kingdom, all using the company’s trademark cardboard design.


Between Wednesday 12 April and Saturday 15 April ‘Animal’, a collaboration between Park Theatre Productions and Hope Mill Theatre, will be showing at the Raleigh Road theatre. Written by Jon Bradfield from a story by himself and Josh Hepple, ‘Animal’ introduces the audience to David who is gay, disabled and profoundly horny. 

He can’t eat, drink or shower by himself but, despite his lack of experience, he embarks on a sexual and romantic odyssey. This fiercely funny, challenging and heartbreaking tale recently won the inaugural Through the Mill Prize.


After that, on Tuesday 19 April, Gogglebox’s Babatunde Aleshe will present his new show ‘Babahood’. Currently lighting up our screens in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, the award-winning star of Jonathan Ross Comedy Club, Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains and Mo Gilligan’s Black British & Funny, talks about family and fatherhood in this, his highly anticipated debut tour.


Rounding off this rundown of Tobacco Factory’s Spring programme is Mark Simmons’ ‘Quip Off The Mark’ on Sunday 30 April. The Mock the Week, BT Sport and ITV mainstay is bringing his debut solo show to South Bristol.

With a busy programme of comedy, drama and family theatre scheduled between now and Spring (not least their Christmas production of The Snow Queen), so head to the Tobacco Factory Theatres website to browse what’s on.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.