21 - 30 April 2018

Join us for our annual celebrations marking William Shakespeare’s birthday: he'll be 454 years old this year!

See below for individual event details

Priority Booking opens 13 March
General Booking opens 19 March

Sonnet Walks £16
The Two Noble Kinsmen
GSC Young Company


“Gloriously entertaining literary stroll through fascinating Guildford locations.” Walker 2017

West Horlsey Place (c) Mary Roxburghe Trust

Our ever-popular Sonnet Walks return for another magical mystery walking-tour where you’ll encounter Shakespeare and his characters in the least likely of places, and this year, as you can see, we're at a fabulous NEW venue - West Horsley Place.

This magnificent house and gardens has been home to Norman conquerors, great-grandsons of Edward III, cousins of Henry VIII, Gundpowder Plotters, and Raleighs (yes, they of potato and cloak-over-puddle-laying fame), and finally bestowed upon Bamber Gascoigne by his aunt Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe in 2014.

Working with The Mary Roxburghe Trust, we'll be making full use of the house and gardens to bring you a Sonnet Walk like never before! The walk and all details are still under wraps, but you can be confident this will be an experience not to miss! 

Dates:   Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April

Times:  There are 13 walks each day, starting at NOON - each walk lasts approx. 60 mins and are every 15 minutes. (no walk at 13:45)

Venue:  West Horsley Place – precise details will be announced nearer the time.

Access: The route will be inside and outside the house. West Horsley Place is a very old manor house which has not been modernised. Floors are largely flagstones or floorboards, and as such maybe uneven. The grounds and gardens are likewise uneven. Free parking onsite adjacent to the venue. There is no heating in the manor house please make sure you wrap up warm.

PLEASE NOTE: The route will go up stairs in the house for a short section of the walk, a film of the scene performed in this section will be available to watch on an handheld device. There are 29 broad and shallow steps up and down to the first floor of the house with large handrails.  Contact the Box Office BEFORE booking if you have any mobility queries - 01483 304384.


"Once he kissed me.
I loved my lips the better ten days after:
Would he would do so every day!" (Act 2 Scene 4)

In what is widely considered to be Shakespeare’s final piece of stage work, comedy and tragedy go hand in hand. Based loosely on Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale, this collaboration with John Fletcher is pure Jacobean drama with dark sibling rivalry, unrequited love and deception…it also includes a group of amateur actors (harking back to the successes of Dream?) and...wait for it...a baboon!  Following the sell-out staged readings of Pericles, Cymbeline and Henry VIII, join us for another of Shakespeare’s rarely performed plays.

Date:     Wednesday 25 April

Time:    7.30pm

Venue:  St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford, GU1 3UA


That was the most inspiring evening” Audience member 2017

 Our flagship youth theatre, the GSC YOUNG COMPANY present their second public performance.

Devised, written and performed by our group of 12 – 16 year old aspiring actors, the performance is based on the three Shakespeare plays GSC staged last year, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The two Gentlemen of Verona.

The company have been working on the play since September, which cleverly intertwines story lines from all three plays, and includes new characters inspired by the originals.

Dates:     Sunday 29 & Monday 30 April

Time:    7.30pm

Venue:  St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford, GU1 3UA

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