27 - 31 AUGUST & 4 - 5 SEPTEMBER 2020

COVID-19 may have scuppered a lot of things in 2020, including our annual open-air season, but we were thrilled to create a brand-new outdoor show across the Bank Holiday Weekend.

THY ETERNAL SUMMER was a celebration of Shakespeare, community and the joy of sharing a live theatre experience once again. The show, whose title comes from Sonnet 18 (go on, look it up), featured some of Shakespeare’s best-loved scenes and sonnets from plays including amongst others Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing.

Working with Guildford Borough Council, we were given special permission to stage this pilot event across three venues in the centre of town, attended by over 800 people.

"All my best Shakespeare moments together with some of my very favourite actors - what more could I want." Audience Member

"One of my happiest moments in the last six months." Audience Member

Co-Founder Matt chats with Peter Gordon about how GSC brought live open-air theatre back to Guildford.

Find out who played what, and where.


Rosalind Blessed

Gavin Fowler

Nathan Ives-Moiba

Paula James

Robert Maskell

Johanne Murdock

Matt Pinches

Chris Porter

Natasha Rickman

James Sheldon

Noel White


Conceived by Matt & Sarah

Directed by Matt Pinches

CSM Beth Sweeney

FOH Manager Eli Murton

Huge thanks to all the volunteer stewards who helped make this possible