Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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 the current situation. Therefore, we are proposing the following measures to ensure our drama classes continue.

The final Young Company rehearsal week and performances will now be postponed until w/c 10 August, with the performance on Friday 14 August. 

Thank you for your co-operation, support and understanding.


Following in the footsteps of our professionals, the GSC Young Company is a weekly course for 12-18 yr olds. Members devise and rehearse a brand new play inspired by our professional season.

"Guildford Shakespeare Company is like a family! The yearly play is really uplifting and the whole group perform so brilliantly it's hard to remember they are not professionals... yet!"

Members of The Young Company performing in Robin Hood

Since 2017, the Young Company have performed in three sell-out shows. By intertwining the different plots from our professional productions, the company create new story twists and characters based on the originals. Each show is staged in a local Guildford venue, emulating our company's site-responsive philosophy.



Please Note: To ensure that our members get as much from the course as possible, we will be capping the group at a maximum of 15 actors. We will now be auditioning members for a place on the course. Audition workshops will be help in early September.

New for the 2019-20 season

GSC's in-house creatives will take part in a revamped mentoring programme, allowing the Young Company to gain an even greater insight into the workings of our professional company. Members will gain feedback on their acting skills and take on creative and backstage roles, through a variety of masterclasses, production meetings and guided tasks.

Building on the success of 2019's Love and Wonder, members will take an even greater role in the writing process. The play will be createdthrough a combination of devising, improvisation and written text. GSC’s Associate Playwright, Ant Stones (Robin HoodAlice in WonderlandGrimms' Fairy Tales) will guide the script, while the Young Company Director, Francesca McInally (Midsummer in Romona and Love and Wonder) will lead rehearsals.

Members of The Young Company performing in Robin Hood

The Different Phases

The course is split into two phases. Phase 1 focuses on devising the script through practical exercises. Phase 2 will rehearse and improve the completed script, leading to technical and dress rehearsals before the final public performance.

The course is designed so children can join at the beginning of Phase 1 or Phase 2 (availability permitting).

GSC Young Company meet every Thursday, 5.30pm - 7.30pm, at GSC HQ


Tuesday 3 September, 6.30-8pm


Sunday 15 September, 10-11.30am

Phase 1

Thursday Evenings, 5.30-7.30pm
3 October – 19 December (HT: 31 October; no session)

Phase 2

Thursday Evenings, 5.30-7.30pm
9 January – 2 April (HT: 20 February; no session)

Full Days, 11am-5pm 
14-17 April (During the Easter Holidays)

Performance Weekend @ Venue TBC
18-20 April, exact times TBC (Please keep clear)


Full Course: £700
Phase 1 Fee: £250
Phase 2 Fee: £550

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