Last weekend we saw our 8th year of Sonnet Walks take to the streets of Guildford, staged to celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday.
A huge thank you to all the local businesses and heritage venues that worked with us to stage this event, our sponsors Whittingtons, and of course our fabulous actors who took part. Over 350 people took part in the walks, experiencing Guildford and Shakespeare like they've never seen them before.
Here's a few reactions we've received from walkers:
“I think this was the best-ever (I’ve done six of them). The way the sonnet/speech linked to the location was great.”
“Wonderful performances and insight into Guildford’s heritage”.
“Absolutely brilliant, best one yet, great actors, beautiful settings, wonderful afternoon.”
“I not only continued to learn more about Shakespeare but also discovered new hidden treasures in Guildford”
“For the joys you have given we thank you massively. This has been (if possible) the very best so far!”
If you were on the walks and want to know what the speeches and sonnets were that featured, here they are, along with the actors, in the order in which you encountered them.
Bad Dogs & Englishmen Barbers - JACK WHITAM & ALEX SCOTT FAIRLEY - The Comedy of Errors Act 2 Scene 2
Ben's Collector Records - NATHAN COLLINS - Twelfth Night Act 1 Scene 1
Abbot's Hospital (Chapel) - JESSICA BRYDGES - Sonnet 64
Abbot's Hospital (Gardens) - VICTORIA BLUNT - Sonnet 54
Quakers' Acre - ROSALIND BLESSED - The Book of Sir Thomas More
New War Memorial (Castle Gardens) - LEWIS HART - Fear No More the Heat o'the Sun, Cymbeline Act 4 Scene 2
Peak's Pond - DAME PENELOPE KEITH - Sonnet 123
Millbrook - SARAH GOBRAN - Sonnet 90
Yvonne Arnaud Garden - ISAAC STANMORE - Hamlet Act 2 Scene 2
Westnye Gardens 1 - DEWI SARGINSON - Caliban, The Tempest Act 3 Scene 2 & Sonnet 53
Westnye Gardens 2 - BRIAN BLESSED - Prospero - The Tempest Act 4 Scene 1
The Britannia Pub - NOEL WHITE - A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 4 Sc 1 & Richard III Act 1 Scene 1