Since 2011 we've been staging a special series of one-off events to celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday, 23 April 1564.

"The April’s in her eyes: it is love’s spring
And these the showers to bring it on."

April is the year's turning point, from Spring to Summer; short days to long; green shoots to colourful bouquets. Shakespeare had an affinity with this moment in the year so it's the perfect moment to explore something new; experience the beauty and vibrancy of his words in a whole new way.

Priority Booking 23 February | General Booking 26 February



"It was a wonderful afternoon. Enjoy this event every time. You constantly amaze us with your ideas."

Part treasure hunt, part mystery walking tour... The Shakespeare Walks invite small groups of walkers on an especially designed self-guided route. Along the way you’ll encounter actors in everyday settings poised to share a sonnet or speech... but where are they, and who's an actor and who's not? The route itself, as ever, will be revealed on the day...

Cranleigh, take a bow! This year we're taking to the streets and gardens of England’s largest village, and shining the spotlight on the brand new 60-acre Knowle Park!

Since 2011 we've been taking audiences on a magical mystery tour, where they've encountered Shakespeare's words and his characters in a cornucopia of different places: streets, gardens, river paths, pubs, the rooftops of Guildford, courtyards of Farnham, alleyways of Godalming and even the historic West Horsley Place.

Join us to experience the beauty, fun and soulfulness of Shakespeare's timeless words in a brand-new way.

Devised and directed by Matt Pinches, The Shakespeare Walks have become a highlight of the local Spring event calendar.

DATES: 21 April
TIMES: walks start at Noon, then every 15 mins | Each walk last approx. 60 mins
TICKETS: £20.00 (no concessions)
VENUE: CRANLEIGH - exact start point to be announced

"One of the performances got our group talking about local wildlife, so now I've found out about the Swift Project!"


The Swinging Sixties. At a New Year’s Eve party, the President is suddenly, and fatefully, taken ill. With no-one at the helm, and as corrupt Government Officials attempt to cover up any incriminating evidence, violent rebellions ensue and family members jostle for power. Can anyone solve the mystery behind his murder and, if they do, will the regime let them speak the truth?

Devised by our Young Company and written by Theo Toksvig-Stewart, this new play takes inspiration from the stories and characters of Jekyll & Hyde, Richard II and The Canterbury Tales (recent main GSC shows), exploring the profound cultural shifts of a society in desperate need of change. It will be performed by our inspiring company of 13– 18 year-old theatre makers.

“What a wonderful piece of theatre and a hugely talented group of young actors” Audience member 2022

The annual production is a major event for the youth theatre, which has seen many members go on to train for a career in the theatre industry.

Written by Theo Toksvig-Stewart| Directed by Rob Cann | Devised by The Young Company

DATES: 12 & 13 April, 7.30pm
TICKETS: £12 (no concessions)
VENUE: Guildford Baptist Church, Millmead