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Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatre names studio after Spielman Charitable Trust

An artist's impression of the new Spielman Theatre

Tobacco Factory Theatres is to name its new 84-seat studio space, which will allow for 360 more performances a year, after a charitable trust that has donated to the project.

The space will be called the Spielman Theatre after the Spielman Charitable Trust made a “major gift” to the theatre organisation.

It is part of a £1.5 million redevelopment project at the Bristol theatre, which will see the building’s first floor reconfigured to include refurbished backstage areas and extended bar areas.

All of the new spaces will be open by October of this year.

According to the theatre, the new studio space will allow 30,000 more people to visit the venue, with 360 more performances and 50 additional companies able to perform at the theatre.

The studio space will also be home to the theatre’s children’s programme.

Tobacco Theatres executive director [1] Lauren Scholey said the venue was “overwhelmed by the major contribution” from the trust.