Company History

 The company was founded in 1982 by its current Artistic Director, Jonathan Holloway, and theatre designer, Charlotte Humpston. Both were concerned to make a space for a form of theatre which drew on European influences to marry traditional narrative and character based drama with art-house performance employing ambitious design, image and spectacle.

The result was to bring accessible story-based theatre characterised by innovative and unusual use of the actors' physicality and the manipulation of designed objects to a broad audience throughout the country. The company maintained a thorough-going commitment to presenting its work in the most modest spaces including rural communities and inner city venues not frequented by the mainstream theatregoer.

In 2008 Jonathan Holloway decided to move the company away from traditional modes of theatre-making. The company's Fall of Man presented at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe demonstrated an entirely new form of intense site-sensitive work which was further developed with The Invisible Show in 2010, and Your Invisible Show in 2011. Shows from Red Shift's extensive back catalogue are frequently revived by other companies and theatres throughout the world.

Production History
1982 THE MASK: A TALE OF GOTHIC HORROR
by Dave Fox
THE DUCHESS OF MALFI
1983 THE DUCHESS OF MALFI (II)
1984 BROKEN ENGLISH:OR BRITAIN IN 1994
1985 ROMEO & JULIET
1986 THE DOUBLE adapted from Dostoevsky by J Holloway
SPRING AWAKENING by Frank Wedekind
1987 THE MILL ON THE FLOSS adapted from George Eliot by R Brown
IN THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST by J Holloway
1988 COWBOYS by Annie Caulfield
LE MISANTHROPE adapted from Moliere
by Neil Bartlett
1989 FRIDA AND DIEGO by Greg Cullen
ROAD by Jim Cartwright
1990 LULU adapted from Wedekind by Steve Gooch
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH adapted from Samuel Butler by J Holloway
1991 THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FANNY HILL
by April de Angelis
THE HAMMER by J Holloway
1992 THE MACBETH PROJECT - site specific event
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH (revival)
ORLANDO by Robin Brooks
CHRISTMAS CAROL (corporate event)
1993 MACBETH 
1994 DEATH IN VENICE adapted from Thomas Mann
by J Holloway
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT adapted from Dostoevsky by J Holloway
1995 GEORGE DANDIN adapted from Moliere by Ranjit Bolt
RED PRINCESS by Nicholas McInnerny
HANSEL AND GRETEL co-production with Pop-Up TC
1996 BARTLEBY adapted from Herman Melville
by Larry Lane
1997 LES MISERABLES adapted from Victor Hugo
by J Holloway
1998 THE ASPERN PAPERS adapted from Henry James by J Holloway
POOR MRS PEPYS by Vanessa Brooks
1999 - 2000 HAMLET:FIRST CUT
2000 NOSFERATU THE VISITOR
a new play by J Holloway
2001 THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY adapted from GK Chesterton's novel by J Holloway and guest directed by Ben Harrison
NICHOLAS NICKLEBY adapted from Charles dickens by J Holloway
2002 NICHOLAS NICKLEBY spring tour
THE LOVE CHILD adpated from Edith Olivier's novella by Lavinia Murray and directed by J Holloway
2003 THE LEGEND OF KING ARTHUR adapted from Thomas Mallory's Mort D'Arthur by J Holloway and choreographed by Paul Sadot.
2004 BARTLEBYa revival of Red Shift's 1996 Edinburgh Festival hit. Adapted from Herman Melville's novella by R.L.Lane and directed by J Holloway.
THE THIRD MAN adapted by J Holloway from Graham Greene's acclaimed thriller. The first part of Red Shift's Picture House triptych of productions adapted from novels that spawned major motion pictures.
2005 THE THIRD MAN spring tour
GET CARTER by Ted Lewis. Adapted & Directed by J Holloway. Autumn tour.
2006 GET CARTER spring tour & Edinburgh Fringe Festival
VERTIGO by Pierre Boileau & Thomas Narcejac. Adapted & Directed by J Holloway 
2007 VERTIGO spring tour
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Adapted & Directed by J Holloway. Autumn tour
2008 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING spring tour
VERTIGO, collaboration with Nottingham Playhouse, Directed by Giles Croft
2009  THE FALL OF MAN Edinburgh Fringe Festival
 2010 THE FALL OF MAN (revival) The Tobacco Factory Bristol, The Brewhouse Taunton, The Drillhall Lincoln THE INVISIBLE SHOW Latitude Festival & Westival, Somerset