The Idea Factory

The source for quality theatrical giftware
from Shakespeare to Pantomime

Shakespeare Gifts
Shakespeare Gifts


"To thee and thy company
I bid a hearty welcome"

(Prospero, The Tempest, V.i.132)

to ....

Panto Gifts


.... a
new !

But if all this frivolity
should give you "genie-allergy"
then check in to our Genealogy Dept !

Managing Director Bob Cowley's
roots in Stratford-upon-Avon

Richard Cowley, William Shakespeare's
fellow actor and business partner

World-wide Mascord one-name study
and more ....

Genealogy Dept
Coincidence? Maybe

Other Theatrical Services
Theatrical Services


But back to business ....

The Idea Factory also provides a variety of other services to our local theatrical community:

venue management, prop hire, costume hire, and video production.

We believe in helping talented people get the acclaim they deserve.

So this page showcases performers that have impressed us at the Edinburgh Fringe or elsewhere.

And yes, this is Bob again,
this time on the set of the
historical feature film "To Kill A King",
starring Tim Roth and Dougray Scott.


Green Room
Green Room


Last, but definitely not least ....

The Idea Factory is serious about the environment.

We own no cars, promote all kinds of material recycling, and support native wildlife (including our own breeding colonies of frogs, newts and these spectacular Scarlet Tiger moths).

In addition, The Idea Factory is now sponsoring a series of lectures in Oxford, covering the whole range of green issues - from local to global.

If you are interested in stocking any of our products in your theatre or gift shop,
please contact The Idea Factory by phone or fax on 01865 201499, or by e-mail