WILL'S BIRTHDAY BASH 2022

THESE EVENTS HAVE NOW FINISHED

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.

SONNET WALK WEEKEND IX  

"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

After an enforced three year break, our interactive Sonnet Walk Weekend returns for another magical mystery walking-tour where you’ll experience the beauty, fun and soulfulness Shakespeare's timeless words in a brand new way.

Over the weekend, 30 hour-long performances will see groups of walkers following an especially designed self-guided route. Along the way they’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?!

Having previously taken over the streets, gardens, river paths, pubs, even rooftops of Guildford, and in 2018 the whole of West Horsley Place, we're thrilled to be taking the walks to GODALMING for the first time! The route itself, as ever, will be revealed on the day...

Devised and directed by Matt Pinches, the Sonnet Walk Weekend has become a highlight of the local Spring event calendar.

DATES: 23 & 24 April
TIMES: walks start at Noon, then every 15 mins. Last at 15.45 | Each walk last approx. 60 mins | some walks already SELLING OUT!
TICKETS: £17.50 (no concession)
VENUE: Godalming Museum, 109 High Street SEE MAP

Discover more: What is a Sonnet Walk? | "Scorn not the sonnet" - read a sonnet this birthday weekendSonnet Walk 2018 (That's Surrey video) | Check out how we marked the Bard's Big Day in 2020


 

TROILUS & CRESSIDA

"The end crowns all,
And that old common arbitrator, Time,
Will one day end it." (Hector, Act 4 Scene 5)

It is the seventh year of the war between Greece and Troy, sparked by Greek Helena's elopement with Troy's Paris...

MEET THE CAST AND READ THE FULL STORY

We're very excited to announce that Shakespeare's 1603 play will be performed with an entirely female cast, directed by Natasha Rickman:

"I am so excited to be staging this reading to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with GSC. All the female characters are ignored, shamed, sexualised or used as trophies at some point. By having a cast of women telling this story and enacting moments such as when Cressida is kissed by all the Greek soldiers, it feels like we can change the lens we look at these moments of violence through. We have an amazing cast and can't wait to share this story with you"

Go to our YOUTUBE channel to watch Natasha talk about the play and her vision behind the staged reading.

DATE: 20 April, 7.30pm
TICKETS: £16 (no concessions)
VENUE: St Mary's Church, Quarry Street, Guildford

GSC YOUNG COMPANY PRESENTS...

That was the most inspiring evening” Audience member 2017

Our inspiring Young Company present their annual public performance and this time they're back in front of an audience at the Guildford Baptist Church.

Devised and performed by our group of 13– 18 year-old aspiring actors, the performance is based on 4 different shows the GSC professional company presented in 2020/2021. 

The company have been working on the play since September, which cleverly intertwines characters, themes and scenes from Henry V, As You Like It , She Stoops To Conquer and A Christmas Carol. Using the structure of the latter, we get taken into the past, present and future in our new play Turning of the Tide, but instead of the ghosts of Christmas it’s the Seven Deadly sins who take us on the adventure! Get ready to go into a battle full of camaraderie, laughter and the power of love. 

Catch up with the Young Company in conversation on YouTube

Directed by Indiana Lown Collins | Written by Ant Stones| Devised by the Company

DATES: 8 & 9 April, 7.30pm
TICKETS: £10 (no concessions)
VENUE: Guildford Baptist Church, Millmead


 

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