Living Quarters


    A co-production with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

    Living Quarters built on brilliant previous co-productions with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory with the inimitable Andrew Hilton directing the superb Simon Armstrong (Game of Thrones, King Lear and The Cherry Orchard) in the lead role.

    An ordinary army officer suddenly becomes a hero in middle age. He returns in triumph to his battalion base in Donegal to his family and young second wife. But a day of celebration soon turns to tragedy.

    The heart-rending story is fascinatingly told as a perpetual reconstruction, presided over by a master of ceremonies, referred to only as ‘Sir’. The characters break from the narrative to plead with him to allow them to alter the course of events, but he ensures they follow on remorselessly to the moment that changed all their lives.

    This captivating play, from one of the greatest modern playwrights, has only ever been professionally performed once in England before, when it was directed by Andrew Hilton over 20 years ago. He now returns to this masterful script with a stellar cast.

    Camilla Adams

    Camilla Adams


    Archived show. To book any of our productions please contact Kerrie Burke-Avery, Producer, on 0117 963 0963 or email

    RUNNING TIME 2hrs (inc. interval)
    ORIGINAL VENUE Factory Theatre

    Cast & Creative

    creative team

    Director – Andrew Hilton
    Designer – Angela Davies
    Lighting Designer – Matt Graham


    Sir – Chris Bianchi
    Commandant Frank Butler – Simon Armstrong
    Helen Kelly – Nina Logue
    Miriam Donnelly – Hayley Doherty
    Ben – Craig Fuller
    Tina – Martha Seignior
    Father Tom Carty – Joe Hall
    Charlie Donnelly – Eoin Slattery
    Anna – Rose O’Loughlin

    Camilla Adams

    Camilla Adams


    A Brian Friel theatrical treasure revealed in this devastating tale of a family tragedy … Director Andrew Hilton displays his usual mastery of ensemble playing: the pleasure expressed in the interaction between members of the cast is contagious and the Tobacco Factory’s in-the-round seating provides just the right sense of over-heated intimacy that the play demands

    The Arts Desk

    Director and cast present this modern myth with astonishing realism

    Bristol 24/7