Our adult classes are the perfect way to introduce, or rediscover, the inspiring world of William Shakespeare. Together we'll explore why his remarkable plays are still being performed 400 years on.


Launched in 2011, The Bard’s Not That Hard is the perfect way to introduce, or rediscover, the inspiring world of William Shakespeare. Together we'll explore why his remarkable plays are still being performed 400 years on.

Delivered by theatre professionals, GSC’s practical evening classes are designed to help you discover The Bard in a fun and supportive environment. Together, we explore Shakespeare’s great plays through close reading, group discussion and practical exercises in our professional rehearsal room.

“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!

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

Spring Term 2019: Henry V

8 January - 26 March  (HT: 12 & 19 Feb; no class) (10 week term)

Henry V is Shakespeare’s most patriotic play. Explore the speeches, desperate battles against the odds and some surprising moments, including tennis balls and the French for 'elbow'.

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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Course Fee: £160


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.

Back for 2019

GSC Stages: Approaching Shakespeare with Richard Neale

Saturday 2 March & Sunday 3 March 2019, 10am - 5pm (both days).

Over one weekend at GSC HQ, you will work with Richard Neale, director of GSC’s Robin Hood and acting teacher at GSA. Under Richard's expert guidance, you will unlock Shakespeare’s verse and prose, demystify the complex language and discover clues in the text. This acting masterclass uses rehearsal room techniques and physical exploration to take you on the journey from page to stage.

Topics over the weekend include:

  • "Cus like you mean it"; Shakespeare’s Insults.
  • "Rhythm and truth"; Practical use of rhythm in verse.
  • "It’s all on the page"; Explore text to discover stage-direction and nuance.
  • "Target Practice"; Voice exercises to make the lines carry.
  • Scene study and share.

More details on the course-leader: Richard trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His acting credits span theatre, film TV and radio. He is an Associate Board member of Actors from the London Stage and teaches full time at The Guildford School of Acting, where he sits on audition panels. He’s also a tutor and panellist for Open Door. He directed Robin Hood for GSC, as well as staged-readings of Pericles and Cymbeline.

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Course Fee: £120


If you would like more information, please contact us. 01483 301590.

The Bard's Not That Hard

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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