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Adult Education

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory (stf) & the University of Bristol

Interpreting Shakespeare 2019

Interpreting Shakespeare encourages you to deepen your understanding of Shakespeare by exploring the texts with a leading Shakespeare director and one of his company, using theatrical as well as academic techniques of interpretation. This is not an actors’ workshop but is designed exclusively for Shakespeare’s adult readers and audience …

Following three successful courses – on MACBETH,  KING LEAR and A WINTER’S TALE – stf’s Founder, Andrew Hilton, will conduct a course on MEASURE FOR MEASURE in 2019.


Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, 6 October–24 November 2019
Location: Bristol University, Woodland Road.

“Last autumn we teamed up with the University of Bristol to deliver a class on The Winter’s Tale. Over six Wednesday evenings we read the text out loud, examining almost every detail and debating every issue. I led the class, but was joined by two stf actors, Saskia Portway and Hannah Lee, to bring an actor’s perspective and allow for some dynamic reading. Feedback was excellent and we now plan a longer, eight-week course on that most controversial of texts, Measure for Measure. It will take place at the University (Woodland Road) on Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, 6 October–24 November 2019. The cost will be £300 for the course.” stf Founder Andrew Hilton
For further details and to sign up, email Valentine Jackson at Bristol University:



Response to the Macbeth sessions:

“what I hoped, and was looking for … to study the play from the point of view of an experienced theatre director … extremely worthwhile … exceptional value … a privilege …  insightful and more revealing as time went on … excellent”

and to King Lear

“I learnt so much. The  course, content and organisation were all excellent … insights that could only be achieved in this sort of setting … a hugely informative and enjoyable course, facilitated by a skilled and knowledgeable tutor and organiser”

Please note: the course is limited to a maximum of 18 students and a minimum of 15

Andrew Hilton
founded Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory in 1999 and remained its Artistic Director until last year. He has had a 45 year career as an actor and director after studying English at Cambridge University. His Shakespeare productions have been repeatedly praised in the national press for their clarity and intelligence. In 2014 he was awarded an Honorary D.Litt by the University of Bristol for his services to theatre in the city.