14 - 28 April 2018

Our annual celebrations marking William Shakespeare’s birthday: he'll be 455 years old this year! Supported by

Priority Booking opens 12 March
General Booking opens 19 March

£16 Sonnet Walks
£15 King John (staged reading)
£10 Love & Wonder (Young Company)


Discover the actors, and their pieces, who featured in last weekend's walks

"If that wasn’t the most Bardtastic Five Star production set in the beauty of the historic house and the green and blossom filled gardens of West Horsley Place I’ll eat my copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare" Walker 2018

See more photos form last year's Sonnet Walk Weekend

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.

Watch the film What is a Sonnet Walk?

Previous venues have included West Horsley Place, Stoke Park, and River Wey Navigations, as well a plethora of sites all over Guildford Town Centre.  The walk and all details are still under wraps, but you can be confident this will be an experience not to miss! THIS YEAR WE'RE BE BACK IN THE TOWN CENTRE... but the route won't be revealed until the day!

Discover more on the GSC Blog:

Shakespeare Returns ~ "Scorn not the sonnet" - read a sonnet this birthday weekendSonnet Walk 2018 (video)

Dates:   Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 April

Times:  FIRST WALK: 12:00 ~ LAST WALK 15:45 (no walk at 14:00). There are 14 walks each day - each walk lasts approx. 60 mins and are every 15 minutes

Venue:  HOLY TRINITY CHURCH - all walks will start here. The end point will be in the town centre, but not revealed until nearer the time.


King John is probably most famous as the king who signed the Magna Carta, but surprisingly such a huge event doesn't feature in Shakespeare's 1596 play, The Life and Death of King John. Instead there's dynastic squabbles over inheritance, illegitimacy and even infanticide. Lavish weddings, poisonings, papal excommunication and war with France all take centre stage, along with the fascinating character of 'The Bastard',  in this rarely performed history play. Directed by Ant Stones, our Head of Education and Associate Playwright, who directed last year's brilliant The Two Noble KinsmenMEET THE CAST BELOW 

Date:     Wednesday 24 April

Time:    7.30pm

Venue:  St Nicolas Church, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4AW

LOVE & WONDER... the GSC Young Company presents

That was the most inspiring evening” Audience member 2017

They're back! Our flagship youth theatre, the GSC YOUNG COMPANY present their annual public performance.

Devised, written and performed by our group of 12 – 16 year old aspiring actors, the performance is based on the three the plays GSC staged in 2018, Romeo & Juliet, Love's Labour's Lost and Alice in Wonderland!

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. READ THEIR INTERVIEW

Dates:     Sunday 14 & Monday 15 April

Time:    7.30pm

Venue: The Guildhall. High Street Guildford Surrey GU1 3AA

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