COVID-19 UPDATE: In accordance with the Government's announcement of new restrictions, all our drama clubs will revert to being delivered online. We will reassess the situation in line with government advice going forward and will return to live classes as soon as it's safe to do so.

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Sharing great stories and enriching lives is our passion and we are committed to ensuring we continue to do this for all our classes as much as possible during these unprecedented times. We will continue to assess the situation as it progresses and will start classes in their usual venues, as soon as it’s safe to do so. Thank you for your co-operation, support and understanding.

Adult Classes

Need a new challenge? Looking to make some new friends? Feeling inspired to get to know Shakespeare a bit more? Our adult classes are the perfect way to introduce, or rediscover, the inspiring world of The Bard. Together we'll explore why his remarkable plays are still being performed 400 years on.


Delivered by theatre professionals, with regular visits from our main-house production’s creatives and actors, GSC’s practical evening classes are designed to help you discover The Bard in a fun and supportive environment.

Over 10 weeks, we explore Shakespeare’s great plays through close reading, group discussion and practical exercises in our professional rehearsal room. Each term culminates in a celebration of the term’s discoveries with wine and friends.

“We look at Shakespeare’s choice of words, their sound, their order on the page and the visual images created – this helps create a deeper understanding of the work and also gives you an insight and appreciation into Shakespeare’s skill as a writer.” Class Member

The Bard's Not That Hard meet on a Tuesday evening, 7pm - 9pm, in the rehearsal room at GSC HQ. No experience of Shakespeare or acting necessary and all ages welcome. This is not an acting class but there will be tea and biscuits! Just bring yourself and a desire to learn.

“I am able to appreciate and enjoy productions of Shakespeare better.” Class Member

Spring Term 2021: Hamlet

12 January - 30 March (HT 9 & 16 February; no class)

Tuesdays 7-9pm

Online via Zoom

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Join your friends and fellow ‘Barders’ each week, as we explore one of Shakespeare's wonderful plays together through our usual close reading, group discussion and practical exercises.

GSC creatives will join us throughout the term, providing insight into Shakespeare’s life, the world around him and how he matured as a writer. The guests will share their personal approach to the play as actors, directors, producers, designers, adaptors and marketers.

"I think it's a great idea to study the plays that GSC are planning to perform. Seeing the play whilst we are studying it really brings it to life, and I love learning from people who are actually working on the show." Class Member

Spaces are strictly limited, so apply now to avoid disappointment. Simply fill in the online form below and pay the deposit to secure your place.

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Future Terms*


*All date subject to change.



With Ant Stones, GSC’s Associate Playwright

Ever wanted to be a playwright? Ever read a book and wondered how it might work as a play? Ever wondered how an adaptation is taken from the page to the stage? Now’s your chance to find out…

GSC presents a new online course, designed to guide you through the adaptation process. Over 8 online sessions, Ant will guide you through his own writing process, the GSC style of working and the building blocks of adaptation.

The Producer’s Brief: Each playwright has been commissioned to write a short play (no longer than 15 minutes) to be performed as a part of a special night of readings celebrating classic literature. These plays can be condensed versions of the whole story, or chosen extracts. The choice is yours…

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You’ll begin by choosing a classic text, work on exercises at home between sessions, write two drafts of your script (maximum of 15 minutes long) and receive one-on-one feedback. At the end of the course, we’ll all come together in a quarantine free world for a special reading of the scripts by professional actors.

Session topics will include:

  • Choice of story or extract
  • Plot and structure
  • World creation
  • Character realisation
  • Exposition
  • Dialogue
  • Receiving notes
  • Rewriting
  • Preparing for performance

Lift your spirits and learn a new skill with this very special class. Grab a quill, typewriter or (most likely) your laptop and join Ant from the comfort of your own home, with a cup of tea or glass of wine.

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Sessions 1-4: Mondays 7-8.30pm, 4 - 25 May

One-on-one sessions: Week commencing 1 June

Session 5: Monday 7-8.30pm, 8 June

One-on-one sessions: Week commencing 22 June

Session 6: Monday 7-8.30pm, 29 June





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Suggested Choice of Texts

NB: All texts must be out of copyright for performance reasons.

  1. Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
  2. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  3. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  5. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  8. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  9. Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
  10. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  11. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  12. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  14. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  15. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  16. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame


Ant's work for GSC


Join Guildford’s award-winning professional theatre company for GSC Stages, a new programme for anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of theatre-making.

GSC Stages is split into short courses, with each one led by a different practitioner, within GSC’s professional rehearsal room. Over 12 years, GSC has worked with a variety of creatives and practitioners - including directors, actors, producers and designers – and for  the first time course members will be able to learn from their unique and practical masterclasses on theatre skills.

Each course can be joined separately, allowing members to gain a selection of professional insights and explore a variety of techniques through individual and group exercises. All ages and levels of experience are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Details of future courses will be placed here.


If you would like more information, please contact us. [email protected] 01483 301590.

The Bard's Not That Hard

Adapting For The Stage

GSC Stages

Previous TBNTH terms have included

Antony & Cleopatra

Julius Caesar

Henry IV

1616: The Year Shakespeare Died

The Winter's Tale

A Midsummer Night's Dream

King Lear

Henry V

Twelfth Night


The Taming of the Shrew


The Sonnets

The Merchant of Venice


Dualogue Masterclass

...and Eagle Radio recordings.

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