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What our home would give us:

  • A fully equipped rehearsal space providing essential privacy for artists to explore and invent in an exclusive and creative environment

  • A workshop to make and maintain props, set and costumes

  • An incubation space for new projects such as our growing in-house writing, Research & Development work, as well as a space for other artists to develop their work

  • Dedicated space for more classes and developing young people's skills in multiple theatre disciplines, thus helping them prepare for their future

  • Dedicated meeting rooms and break out space

  • Costume fittings can take place alongside rehearsals, and stored and maintained on-site

  • Production office for stage management team

  • Showers and dressing rooms for artists

Did you know?

  • GSC is the only year round producing theatre company within a 20 mile radius of Guildford, the nearest being The Rose at Kingston

  • In 2015/16 our Education Department engaged over 4660 people young and old in workshops and classes

  • 116 jobs created for professional artists

  • 1 workshop every 3 days in schools across the South East

  • Charity of the Year at the Eagle Radio Biz Awards 2017

Your support, however large or small, will go directly to making more inclusive and affordable theatre and education experiences for everyone.

The New Beginnings Campaign will raise money to fund the procurement of our future home and associated charitable activities which help achieve this aim.

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...UPDATE SUMMER 2017...

Last year we launched our first fundraising campaign to help kick-start our capital project to establish a long-term home for GSC, and we are delighted to report that so far you have helped us raise some £50,000.

We have been humbled and inspired by the support of our audiences, and we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far, whether it is from bucket collections, adding a few pounds to your ticket booking, buying a mug or by donating to our Benefactors scheme.

See the full list of New Beginnings Benefactors


This first fundraising initiative has demonstrated the huge support GSC has for its Vision, which is a vital first step, empowering our communications with local authorities, funding bodies and other potential investors.

With these funds we have been able to commission a reputable firm of local architects – Lytle Associates - to begin feasibility studies, and have had consultations with a theatre fundraising specialist – Achates Philanthropy - to advise on the complexities of the long-term funding options for the project. Neither of which we could have achieved without your help.

As you know, following our wonderful experience with the Spiegeltent at Grimms' Fairy Tales, the concept for our home was to commission and build our own permanent Spiegeltent, with an eco-friendly ancillary building for the day-to-day running of GSC.

Feasibility studies have identified issues with building regulations and the installation of a permanent Spiegelent , so we are talking to building experts to explore other ways of making this dream come true.

Working with Lytle Associates we have identified the ideal size of the home we are looking for. A space of approx. 4000sq ft would provide us with enough room to house the essential facilities for the day-to-day running of the company: a rehearsal room, education suite, workshops, stores, offices and welfare amenities. This size also provides space for future growth.

At GSC we love the variety of spaces that we use and because of our site-responsive approach  we do not necessarily need our own public theatre, rather a long-term home; a theatre factory - a creative hub in which to make the unique, inventive, vibrant theatre and education projects that our audiences and schools love.



We are keen to hear from anyone who is experienced with property, capital fundraising  or development, who would like to donate their time and talent to join our Board of Trustees. Please email us if you can help.


Do you know of any land within 2 miles of Guildford centre that we could use?

We want to hear from anyone who owns/knows of/can put us into contact with land that would benefit from becoming the home of GSC. If you do, please email us.


Are you, or do you know of, a funding body or philanthropic investor? In order to help fund the creation of this facility we are looking for individuals and groups who believe in the cultural well-being of Guildford and its regions as much as we do. Our home will benefit Guildford, its residents and visitors through arts engagement and education, and if you are someone who can support such an enterprise we would love to hear from you. Email us


Our audiences have been incredibly supportive of our Vision and the funds raised in 2016 will be key in helping us begin this huge project. You can continue to donate to New Beginnings when buying your show tickets, setting up a standing order or donating through our GSC Benefactors scheme.




You can help us achieve these ambitions and take a leading role in our future by becoming a GSC Benefactor...but who will you be?

  • Prospero £1000
  • Cleopatra £500
  • Hamlet £250
  • Titania £100
  • Bottom £50
  • Juliet £25
  • Falstaff £10

To pledge your support please email us.

If you would like to set up a STANDING ORDER email us for a form.


  • Buy a 10th Anniversary Mug or Linen Shopper
  • Round up your bar bill
  • Pop a donation in one of our collection buckets

You could even set up your own sponsored event!


Help us raise funds just by shopping online. Shop with your favourite stores through GIVE AS YOU LIVE and they'll donate to GSC - all without charging you a penny more!

Please make cheques payable to Guildford Shakespeare Company Trust Ltd, and send them to
GSC, Building 1, 14-15 Midleton Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8XW

…don’t forget you can help us further by adding Gift Aid to your donation! Download the form here and enclose it with your cheque.

We receive no annual government subsidy. Your support is vital to enable GSC to grow and flourish. Thank you

The New Beginnings Campaign will raise money to fund the procurement of our future home and associated charitable activities which help achieve this aim.

Guildford Shakespeare Company Trust Ltd is a registered charity, No. 1139526