Andrew Hilton

Andrew Hilton is an actor, director, teacher and playwright. He created Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol in 1999 and remained its Artistic Director until 2017, directing 39 productions for the company, at the Tobacco Factory, the Bristol Old Vic, the Barbican Pit, and on tour in the UK, the Irish Republic, Germany and Romania. His book Shakespeare on the Factory Floor was published by Nick Hern Books in 2022.

He began his professional carreer in 1972 as an Assistant, then Associate, to Bernard Miles at the Mermaid Theatre in London, before joining the National Theatre as an actor in 1975. He went from there to play many seasons at the Bristol Old Vic, as well as appearing widely on television and radio.

Making Bristol his home in 1979, he began teaching Shakespeare acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and joined a co-operative theatre company for whom he directed new plays by James Wilson and Dominic Power, the UK premieres of plays by Brian Friel and Michael Gow, and his first production of Measure for Measure.

His Shakespeare productions at the Tobacco Factory have been widely praised; in 2001 Jeremy Kingston in The Times called the company 'one of the most exciting in the land'; in 2005 Lyn Gardner of the Guardian hailed 'one of the great tellers of Shakespeare'; and in 2013 Susannah Clapp in The Observer dubbed it 'the Shakespearean powerhouse'. But he has also been a noted director of Chekhov. His account of his 2009 production of Uncle Vanya at the Bristol Old Vic was broadcast by the BBC as part of Radio 3's The Essay Series.

As a playwright he has co-authored – with Dominic Power – Tartuffe, after Molière (Tobacco Factory, 2017), a stage adaptation of James Hogg's novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, and a piece of music-theatre, Lady with Dog, based on the short story by Chekhov.

Andrew was born in Bolton in 1947 and read English at Cambridge, studying Shakespeare at Churchill College under Michael Long. In 2013 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Bristol for his services to theatre in the city. He is married to the stage manager and artist Diana Favell, and they have one son.

Andrew Hilton
Shakespeare on the Factory Floor

Barry Hines

Barry Hines (1939–2016) was an English author who wrote several popular novels and television scripts. He is best known for the novel A Kestrel for a Knave (1968), which he helped adapt for Ken Loach's film Kes (1969).


David Hirson

David Hirson is an American dramatist, best known for his award-winning Broadway comedies, La Bête and Wrong Mountain.

La Bête

Olivia Hirst

Olivia Hirst is an actor and writer, and the co-founder of Lost Watch theatre company.

Her plays include The Incident Room, written with David Byrne (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2019; New Diorama Theatre, London, 2020).

The Incident Room

Lucas Hnath

Lucas Hnath is an award-winning playwright whose plays include A Doll's House, Part 2 (South Coast Repertory & Broadway, 2017); The Christians (Humana Festival, 2014); A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep); Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, 2013); nightnight (Humana Festival, 2013); Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre, 2013); and Death Tax (Humana Festival 2012; Royal Court Theatre, 2013).

He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015 Whiting Award, a Whitfield Cook Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations and a Windham Campbell Prize for drama.

Lucas Hnath
The Christians
A Doll's House, Part 2
A Doll's House, Part 2
Red Speedo

Steven Hoggett

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Sam Holcroft

Sam Holcroft is a playwright, winner of the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature.

Her plays include: A Mirror (Almeida Theatre, London, 2023; West End, 2024); Rules for Living (National Theatre, London, 2015); The Wardrobe for National Theatre Connections; Edgar & Annabel, part of the Double Feature season in the Paintframe at the National Theatre; Dancing Bears, part of the Charged season for Clean Break at Soho Theatre and Latitude Festival; While You Lie at the Traverse, Edinburgh; Pink, part of the Women, Power and Politics season at the Tricycle; Vanya, adapted from Chekhov, at The Gate; and Cockroach, co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and Traverse (nominated for Best New Play 2008, by the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland and shortlisted for the John Whiting Award, 2009).

In 2013, she wrote The House Taken Over, a libretto for opera, adapted from Cortázar, for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Académie Européenne de Musique. She received the Tom Erhardt Award in 2009, was the Pearson Writer-in-Residence at the Traverse Theatre, 2009–10, and the Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio from 2013–14. In 2014, she received a Windham Campbell Prize for Literature in the drama category.

Sam Holcroft
Women, Power and Politics: Now
While You Lie
Double Feature: One
Dancing Bears
Edgar & Annabel
The Wardrobe
Rules for Living
A Mirror

Nadine Holdsworth

Nadine Holdsworth is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, and is author of a number of books on that subject.

Naked Thoughts That Roam About

Julie Holledge

Julie Holledge FAHA is a Professor at the Centre for Ibsen Studies at the University of Oslo. She has conducted performance research into acting techniques used in the rehearsal of Ibsen’s plays in Australia, Norway, China, India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

She is the author, with Frode Helland, of A Global Doll’s House (2016), Ibsen Between Cultures (2016) and Ibsen on Theatre (2018).

Together, Julie Holledge and Frode Helland are co-founders of IbsenStage (, the international database for Ibsen performance.

Ibsen on Theatre