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SUMMER 2017: 15 June - 29 July

The thrill and pandemonium of being young and in love takes centre stage this summer, as we present an open-air double-bill of Shakespeare’s most colourful and anarchic comedies. DOWNLOAD FLYER

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM 15 June - 1 July

NEW VENUE!! Racks Close, off Quarry Street, Guildford (see map)

The 1960s are drawing to a close and the euphoria of the Summer of Love has cast its spell on the youth of the city. Seeking to escape the harsh laws of society, four young lovers find themselves lost in a mystical wood populated by warring fairies, mischievous sprites and an earnest group of amateur actors, one of whom seems to have grown a donkey’s head…yes, Shakespeare's most magical and best loved comedy kicks off our Summer Season.

In the heart of Guildford, we invite you to join us on an adventure into the town’s best kept secret; Racks Close. This wooded wilderness located behind the Castle, with multi-level grass banks and meandering paths will be the perfect setting for a magical night to remember. Director, Lotte Wakeham, currently Associate Director with the RSC’s West End smash hit Matilda, makes her GSC debut.

The Bar and Box Office will be open 45 mins before the start time for you to collect tickets and to purchase refreshments. The venue will open for picnicking at 6.15pm for evening performances and 1.15pm for matinees.

See below for important information regarding seating at Racks Close

For details of Dream's RELAXED PERFORMANCE see the EVENTS TAB

 

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA 14 - 29 July

University of Law Gardens, Portsmouth Road, Guildford (see map)

Proteus loves Julia and Valentine loves Sylvia…but when Proteus also falls in love with Sylvia, it all begins to go horribly wrong. Foreshadowing plays such as Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It, Shakespeare's FIRST play combines rebellious children, banishment, betrayal, girls disguised as boys, the politest band of outlaws you could find and a even scene-stealing dog.

Staged in the beautiful gardens of the University of Law, this joyous romantic comedy will have a glamorous 1950s Italian setting, including live music, singing, and a real dog! Director Charlotte Conquest returns to GSC following her previous triumphs with Grimms’ Fairy Tales, The Comedy of Errors and The Taming of the Shrew.

The Bar and Box Office will be open 45 mins before the start time for you to collect tickets and to purchase refreshments. The venue will open for picnicking at 6.15pm for evening performances and 1.15pm for matinees.

For details of Two Gents' AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE see the EVENTS TAB

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RACKS CLOSE AND DREAM

SEATING: As usual seating will be provided and unreserved. However, because of the promenade nature of the performance and the areas of the venue being used, audiences will not be able to access the main seating area until the performance has started.

ACCESS: Racks Close does not contain any steps/stairs, however being a former chalk quarry there are some steep grassy slopes. Therefore we would recommend that you visit the venue beforehand to check whether it is completely accessible for your particular needs.

PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS/REQUIREMENTS

Please visit the Access page for more information and pictures of the site.

Company

Meet our Summer 2017 Company...

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Emma Fenney

Puck / Philiostrate

Speed / Host

Owen Findlay

Lysander / Snout

Valentine

Sarah Gobran

Titania / Hippolyta

Lucetta

Ailsa Joy

Hermia / Starveling

Silvia

Owen Oakeshott

Oberon / Thesus

Duke of Milan / Panthino

Matt Pinches

Bottom

Launce

Paul Trussell

Peter Quince / Egeus

Thurio / Antonio

Meghan Tyler

Helena / Snug

Julia

Jack Whitam

Demetrius / Flute

Proteus

 

The role of CRAB the dog in Two Gents will be announced soon!

Creative Teams

Dream

Lotte Wakeham................Director

Andrew Riley....................Designer

Andy Graham....................Sound Designer

Philip d'Orleans..................Fight Director

Anett Black.......................Assistant Designer/Costume Supervisor

Chris Wilson......................Production Manager

Eleanor Randall................Deputy Stage Manager

Two Gents

Charlotte Conquest................Director

Neil Irish..................................Designer

Matt Eaton.............................Sound Designer

Philip d'Orleans........................Fight Director

Anett Black.............................Assistant Designer/Costume Supervisor

Chris Wilson.............................Production Manager

Eleanor Randall........................Deputy Stage Manager

For GSC

Sarah Gobran.........Producers

Matt Pinches  

Eli Murton..............Front of House Manager

Ant Stones............Head of Education

Beth Sweeney........Company Stage Manager

Events

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Relaxed Peformance Sat 17 June, 2.30pm

A relaxed performance is open to everyone and is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders or learning disabled people. Babes-in-arms and small children are also welcome. This means that there is a more casual approach to front-of-house etiquette and we ask audience members to be aware of people's needs to move or make involuntary noise. If you have any questions please contact us at info@guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

Audio Described Performance Sat 29 July, 2.30pm

(Touch tour from 1.15pm) FREE

Our popular audio described performances for the blind and visually impaired continue. Infra-red headsets provide a private live commentary of the onstage action whilst the dialogue continues live simultaneously. A free touch tour before the before the performance gives patrons a chance to experience the set, handle props and costumes. Booking essential. Audio Description by Kerry Elkins.

 

Ticket Prices/Perf Times

SUMMER 2017 BOOKING OPENS 2 MAY

£25 Full

£21 Concessions (Over 60, Equity, students, Jobseekers, Reg Disabled)

£16.50 Child (children under 16)

£80 Family (2 full, 2 children)

£18 Preview Dream only (15 June)

£15 student standby (Mon only, subject to availability)

SAVE £5 WHEN BOOKING FOR BOTH PLAYS AT THE SAME TIME!

(simply book for both Dream AND Gents in the same transaction and receive £5 discount for each double ticket purchased)

GROUPS Buy 10 tickets, get 11th free - call the Box Office for Group Bookings

TIMES

Evenings 7.30pm

Matinees 2.30pm, on the following dates only:    Dream 17, 24 June    Two Gents 15, 22, 29 July

Running time: 2 hours 15 mins (approx) including interval for both shows. Running times will be confirmed nearer to opening.

NO BOOKING FEE

(£1 postal fee will be added if tickets are requested to be posted. Telephone bookings only)

Telephone 01483 304384

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10am - 6pm (7pm during show times).

Call our Box Office telephone and book with a credit or debit card

(We regret we cannot accept AMEX or DINERS CLUB)

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SPECIAL OFFER

Our friends at The Keep Pub (opposite the Castle) are offering ticket holders 20% off food + a FREE Fever Tree tonic with any gin purchased!