The Canterbury Tales has opened 5 STAR reviews
and standing ovations!
"...the jewel in Guildford's theatrical crown"
Remotegoat.com (read the full review)
"we laughed, laughed and laughed some more"
"Fabulous entertainment from fart to finish!"
"a remarkable theatrical experience in such an appropriate setting.
You captured the spirit and diversity of The Canterbury Tales... "
"Amazing! I laughed, cried, and made a fart noise with my mouth!"
"Storytelling at its very best filled with love, death, sex, magic & farts"
"Brilliant show in St Mary's tonight. Fantastic entertainment! (I was the sheep!)"
"I love GSC, they can do anything just brilliantly!"
So join them and experience a truly unique theatrical event crammed full with live music, Shakespeare, farce, operetta and audience participation, all staged in Guildford's oldest building.
The tales we cover are: Knight, Miller, Nun's Priest, Wife of Bath, Pardoner, Prioress and Summoner. Oh, and we do the whole of the General Prologue in 5 minutes!
A new stage version of Chaucer's 650 year old poem, devised & written by the company
Director Abigail Anderson
Designer Dora Schweitzer
Composer, Arranger & Musical Director Mary McAdam
Puppets by Elaine Hartley
Meet The Canterbury Tale-tellers!
If you see them around,
do say hello...or buy them a flagon of claret...
Training: Drama Centre London
Theatre Credits include: The Mob (Orange Tree); Piaf (Sheffield Crucible); The Trumpet Major (Bridewell); Sleuth, The Importance of Being Earnest, Diaries of Adam and Eve, The Public Eye, Chapter Two, How the Other Half Loves, Marsh House, One for the Road, Absent Friends, Come Blow Your Horn, Roleplay, The Turn of the Screw, Private Lives (Frinton Summer Theatre); The Master of Mayhem (Eastern Angles); And Then They Came For Me (Lyric Hammersmith Studio); Twelfth Night, The Tempest, The Taming of The Shrew (Sprite Productions); Don Quixote (Croydon Warehouse); A Christmas Carol, Oh, What a Lovely War! (Basingstoke Haymarket); The Snow Spider (Ovalhouse Theatre); The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (European Touring); A Study in Scarlet (Southwark Playhouse). TV: 55 Degrees North, Sherlock, and Doctors (BBC). Film credits: Hard Hat (Gangway Productions).
Trained: National Youth Theatre, English & Drama University of Hull.
For GSC: Love's Not Time's Fool (Valentine's Day 2009)
Theatre includes : Jack and the Beanstalk (Southwark Playhouse); The RSPLB (Wilderness Festival); Cinderella (Corn Exchange, Newbury); The Trial (Watford Palace); Blood Wedding, Agamemnon, Children of Hercules, Oedipus, Androcles and The Lion and Petite Rouge (Scoop, More London); Ladies Monthly (Trafalgar Studios); Sleeping Beauty (Greenwich); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dubai); The False Corpse (Brighton Theatre Royal); Masks and Faces (Finborough); The Dog Beneath the Skin (BAC); Aesop’s Fables (Orange Tree); Julia Pastrana the Ugliest Woman in the World (Brighton Festival & national tour); Henry VIII (Bridewell); Newsrevue (Edinburgh & London); A Christmas Carol (BAC); 2:18 Underground (Lyric Studio, Hammersmith); Dancing at Lughnasa (Arts Theatre) & Love Life (Lost Musicals). TV includes: Writing & co-starring in Bea and Sam’s Big Spread (E4); Teenage Kicks, William and Mary, The Bill.
Trained: Bretton Hall.
For GSC: Co-Founder, appearing in all 23 productions. Highlights include: Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Cassio (Othello), Touchstone (As You Like It), 3rd Witch (Macbeth), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Laertes (Hamlet), Tranio (The Taming of the Shrew), Launce (The Two Gentlemen of Verona). Directed by Tom Littler, Joanna Read, Anna Ledwich, Hannah Chissick, Charlotte Conquest and Caroline Devlin.
Other theatre includes: Spring Awakening (Theatre Royal, Bath); George’s Marvelous Medicine (Birmingham Stage); Anthem For Doomed Youth, Arabel’s Raven (Southampton Nuffield Theatre); A Perfect Match (Vienna’s English Theatre). Pantos include Chipping Norton, Newbury, Winchester, Barnstaple and Manchester Library. In his early career he spent seasons with Solent People’s Theatre, Action Transport and Forest Forge. Matt is also a former Associate Tutor of the University of Surrey.
Trained: Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh; she has also trained in clowning and comedy with Philippe Gaulier and Spymonkey’s Aitor Basauri.
For GSC: Sonnet Walk 2: The Return! (2012)
Credits include Celia in As You Like Ish (Teasel Theatre), Marie Antoinette in I’m an Aristocrat, Get Me Out Of Here and Lotte in Grimm and Grimmer (Gonzo Moose Theatre); Scarlet in Robin Hood (Dukes Theatre Lancaster); Dandini in Cinderella (The Theatre Chipping Norton), Hermaphrodite in The Games (Spike Theatre); Alice Woodman in Walking Through Windows (Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse); (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh). In 2015, Lauren will be appearing in the feature film of Wall by David Hare produced by the National Theatre. Lauren is an actor and musician from Liverpool.
Trained: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Theatre credits include Silvius in As You Like It, Young Siward in Macbeth and an Officer in The Changeling (Shakespeare at The Tobacco Factory); Jack in Pinafore Swing and Duffy in Matilda and Duffy’s Stupendous Space Adventure (Newbury Watermill Theatre); King Rat (Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford); Charles Dickens in Dickens and The Great Operatic Disaster (Southampton Nuffield Theatre); The Merman in Shanty Theatre Company’s Salty Socks of Dunkirk; Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and The Sorcerer in the Snow Queen (Theatre in the Quarter, Chester).
Much like the acting company, fresh faces are in abundance here too. The fabulous Abi Anderson joins GSC to direct her first show with the company; Abi and GSC have been in close contact for many years and we're delighted that the perfect project has arisen for us to join forces. Designer Dora Schweitzer is also new to GSC, along with Production Manager Tamsin Rose, Deputy Stage Manager Danyal Shafiq, Lighting Designer Will Evans and Puppet Designer Elaine Hartley.
There are still a few familiar faces behind the scenes: Mary McAdam, GSC resident composer and MD, will be composing and arranging the music; Beth Sweeney returns as Assistant Stage Manager (last with us in Summer 2013); and Sound Designer Matt Eaton.
...and of course our very own Sarah will be producing, writing and generally being totally fabulous.
Tales & Ales
Wednesday 8 Oct, 7pm – 8.30pm (The Keystone Pub, Portsmouth Rd) FREE
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From Chivalry to Flatulence
Friday 17 October, 7.30pm (St Mary's Church, Quarry Street) £4
Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales are considered to be the earliest example of English Literature written in the English vernacular. Ahead of our brand new stage version, GSC's Matt Pinches, discusses the life of Chaucer and considers why the Tales continue to be so popular 700 years after they were written.
Guildford TalesTues 28 - Wed 29 October, 10am - 5pm (Holy Trinity Church Centre) £60 includes Wed matinee ticket
Young actors’ 2-day workshop for 10-17 yr olds, creating and performing their own Tale
Tuesday 4 November, after the evening performance FREE
Find out how we created this brand new version of Chaucer's Tales...and let us know what you think!
Audio Described Performance
Saturday 8 November, 2.30pm (normal matinee price, carers go free)
Blind or visually impaired patrons are given infra-red headsets to listen to live commentary of the performance. Described by GSC's resident Audio Describer Kerry Elkins. *Call the box office to make your booking*
Autumn 2014: The Canterbury Tales
23 October - 8 November
Matinees 2.30pm (26 Oct, 1 & 8 Nov)
Running time 2hrs 30mins
(approx. including interval)
£21.00 Full Price
£17.50 Concessions (Over 60, under 16, Equity, NUS, Jobseekers, registered disabled)
£65.00 Family (2 adults, 2 children under 16)
Groups: Buy 10 tickets, get 11th FREE
Telephone 01483 304384
(Box Office open 10am - 7.30pm; Mon-Sat. Not open Sundays)
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