4-23 February 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Guildford High Street
Evenings 7.30pm | Matinees 2.30pm
No Performances Sundays |
Running Time approx. 2 hrs 40 mins (including interval)
Previews 4 & 5 February

Full £26 | Concessions £23 | Under 16s £16.50
Family £78 | Student standby £15
Previews £18 (all adult tickets)
Schools £15 per pupil Contact Education 


“A triumph of ingenuity, inventiveness and experimentation"
British Theatre Guide, Essential Surrey

"A bold, entertaining and thought-provoking production"
Guildford Dragon

"Provocative, innovative and satisfying" Surrey Advertiser

"Truly exceptional"

“I was amazed what an effect the gender change had on me.”


"Doing the gender swap makes even more sense of the title; absolutely brilliant production!" Brian Blessed OBE

"The tempter, or the tempted, who sins most?" The Duke hands power to his deputy to reimpose laws that have grown too lax. A young man is sentenced to death for getting his sweetheart pregnant out of wed-lock. His sister, a novice nun, pleads to the deputy for her brother's life. When he demands sex in return for her brother’s freedom, she threatens to expose him…but who will believe her if she does?           READ THE SYNOPSIS

In a world where women are still objectified and whose exposure to sexual harassment continues to be laid at the their own door, what do we think when that status quo is reversed?

Our 40th show kicks-off 2019 with Shakespeare’s unflinching examination of sexual harassment and the abuse of power. Given the explosion of the debate around these subjects and in the wake of campaigns such as #MeToo and Times Up, there has never been a more important time for this play. Discover more on the blog

In order to encourage discussion around entrenched preconceptions of gender and power structures, six characters will gender-swap at the interval, and the show re-started from the beginning. Rather than focusing purely on the central relationship of Angelo and Isabella, GSC will also gender-swap the roles of the Duke, Mariana, Escalus and Mistress Overdone to enable audiences to further consider the how we view men and women. Watch Matt's explanation of how it will all work (2 min video)

Director Charlotte Conquest returns (Romeo & Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Gentlemen of Verona) to Holy Trinity Church with a blisteringly modern adaptation of this incredible play.

Shakespeare's unflinching dark comedy is as shockingly relevant today as it was 400 years ago.

POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS EVERY THURSDAY Stay in your seats at the end of the performance to discuss with the cast your views of what you've just seen how, and continue the debate.

SEATING: Seating is unallocated and is on a 'first come first served basis'. Some seating will be at tables, others in rows, some in pews. All seating will provide a unique view of the action. There will be several different stages in different locations around the auditorium, and you will be required to face different directions in your seat throughout the course of the evening. This production uses theatrical haze and there are some flashing lights.


Director & Adaptor Charlotte Conquest

Designer Neil Irish

Lighting Mark Dymock

Sound & Composer Matt Eaton

Assistant Director Indiana Lown-Collins

Associate Designer Anett Black

Vocal Coach Sterre Maier

Company Stage Manager Beth Mann

Production Manager Chris Wilson

Deputy Stage Manager Cat Mackenzie

Where might you have seen our cast before?

(full biographies will be the 32-page Souvenir Programme)

Daniel Abbott spent two years with the RSC in Gergory Doran’s Henry IV and V history plays alongside Antony Sher. Esther McAuley has also recently been at the RSC, just finishing in Troilous and Cressida. Graeme Dalling is a GSA Alumni and is stalwart of the National Theatre of Scotland. Hannah Edwards was in our Sonnet Walks at West Horsley Place and has enjoyed many seasons at the New Vic Theatre in Stoke. Michael Sheldon was last with GSC in 2009, and since then he’s featured in two Shakespeares at the National Theatre: Hamlet and Timon of Athens. Jack Whitam we’re sure you’ll recognise from Romeo & Juliet and Alice in Wonderland this year. Victoria Willing was most recently at Chichester Festival Theatre and has also been in the National Theatre’s runaway success The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, whilst some of you may recognise her as Jay’s mum from the hit TV series and films The Inbetweeners.

...and Matt Pinches and Sarah Gobran are GSC's original Actor-Managers - find out more about them here.



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