ROMEO & JULIET

21 JUNE - 13 JULY 2024

Guildford Town Centre & Castle Gardens

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted by Sarah Gobran & Matt Pinches
Directed by Matt Pinches
Set & Costume Design by Neil Irish, with Anett Black
Sound Design by Matt Eaton
Movement & Co-Director Indiana Lown Collins
Youth Ensemble Director Rob Cann

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Static Matinees (no promenade) 29 June & 13 July
Relaxed Performance 22 June, 2.30pm
Audio Description 13 July, 2.30pm
BSL Interpreted 6 July, 2:30pm (promenade) & 13 July, 2.30pm (static)

Suitable for ages 8+

SCHOOLS

£15 per student: 1 teacher free for every 10 students booked.
Email us to make your booking

SWAPPING VERONA FOR GUILDFORD

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Photos: Mark Dean

ABOUT

"MY BOUNTY IS AS BOUNDLESS AS THE SEA, MY LOVE AS DEEP"

This summer one of the greatest of all love stories will explode onto the streets of Guildford.

For three weeks we’re closing the High Street every evening to bring to life the passion and excitement of Shakespeare’s impulsive star-crossed lovers. In a society fuelled by greed and entitlement, can their fragile vision of a better world survive their families’ ruthless feud?

The show will start on the steps of Surrey’s largest church Holy Trinity, and audiences will follow the action as the story unfolds. The inner courtyard of the historic Abbot’s Hospital will be the Capulet’s family home, whilst the stylish Tunsgate Quarter will host to the Capulet’s ball. A brand-new art café, Art & Grind, will feature as a street café and of course the iconic Guildhall balcony will play host to the famous balcony scene, with Romeo and the audience in the street below. The entire second half takes place in the stunning Castle Gardens.

GSC’s professional cast will also be joined by a community ensemble of adults and young people. The Youth Ensemble will form the street gangs of Montagues and Capulets, and come from 3 local schools and our own GSC Saturdays. The Adult Ensemble of community actors are the guests at the Capulets masked ball.

We hope you can join us for a truly unique telling of Shakespeare’s heart breaking tale, as we continue our 18th birthday year.

For press requests, please email the team at Chloé Nelkin Consulting on [email protected]


HOW WILL THE PROMENADE WORK?

The first half of the show will take place across seven different locations on and around Guildford High Street.

You will walk approx. 1500m from Holy Trinity Church down the High Street to Tunsgate Quarter, and back again. Scenes will unfold as you move with the action. Our Stewards will be on hand throughout the event. The second half of the performance will be completely static in the Castle Gardens, around the Bandstand.

Full details about the promenade element can be found here

YOUR CAST

APRIL HUGHES (Juliet) who returns following her performance as Lizzie Bennet in February’s Pride & Prejudice, has also appeared as Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Play That Goes Wrong (both West End). CHRISTIAN JAMES, makes his GSC debut as Romeo, having been seen recently in The Enfield Poltergeist (Apple TV), Fighting Irish (Coventry Belgrade) and in Magic Goes Wrong (West End).

DAVID CARR (Friar Laurence) played the title role in Othello for us in 2014, and his credits include Linck & Mülhahn, Hampstead Theatre; RSC; National Theatre; Old Vic.  EMMA MANTON (Nurse/Prince) who has previously worked for us last year on our schools’ tour Delight in Shakespeare. Her other credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost/Love’s Labour’s Won (RSC), The Life & Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Chichester/West End/Toronto) and His Dark Materials (National Theatre).

Lord and Lady Capulet are played by CHRIS PORTER and LAURA MATTHEWS (also Tybalt). CHRIS has appeared in many GSC shows over the years including Mr Badger in The Wind in the Willows, Iago in Othello (with David!), Love’s Labour’s Lost and more. He appeared in An Enemy of the People, Wessex Grove; Sherwood Series 2, BBC; Dom the Play, Assembly Rooms/Theatre Royal Windsor. LAURA played Bolingbroke in our politically charged production of Richard II in 2023. Other credits include The Full Monty (UK Tour), One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre) and the movie Pride.

Finally, two further cast members from Richard II return: DANIEL BURKE and LUKE LATCHMAN. DANIEL played the title role in Richard II and his other credits include Imperium Parts I & II (RSC), The Circle (Bath Theatre Royal) and The Witcher (Netflix). LUKE, who played Aumerle in Richard II, has appeared in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (West End), Sunset Boulevard (Savoy Theatre) and Cinderella (Amazon Prime).

The company’s full biographies will be in our souvenir programme which you can buy in advance with your tickets!

ARTISTIC TEAM

SARAH GOBRAN & MATT PINCHES - Adaptors
MATT PINCHES - Director
NEIL IRISH - Set & Costume Designer
MATT EATON - Sound Designer
INDIANA LOWN-COLLINS - Movement & Co-Director
ROB CANN - Youth Ensemble Director
ANETT BLACK - Assistant Designer/Costume Supervisor
HANNAH WALKER - Lighting Designer
PHILIP d'ORLÉANS - Fight Director
CHRISTINA FULCHER - Intimacy Director

HANNAH WALKER - Company Stage & Production Manager
EMILY DAVIES - Deputy Stage Manager
IZZY COX - Assistant Stage Manager
JAMAL OLLIER - Assistant Stage Manager

KATE COX - Head Chaperone
ADELE SMITH, LAUREN HILLMAN, STACEY NEWTON, KEZ WOOD, DEBORAH WELCH - Youth Ensemble Chaperones
AMY ASTLEY - BSL Interpreter
KERRY ELKINS - Audio Describer

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