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14 – 26 July, Guildford Cathedral

Henry V – with 5 actors?!? Yes, we did! And WOW, what a show. 5 of the cast from Twelfth Night transformed themselves into 30 different characters for this rousing, patriotic epic.

Staged in promenade around the iconic Guildford Cathedral, a new venue for GSC, the show reached new artistic heights for the company, and became our 2nd most popular open-air show, ever!


“Phenomenal. Must-see open-air theatre” Remotegoat.com

Surrey Adverstiser

"This is a riveting production which showcases the enormous talents of the cast and creative team offering an evening of accessible and heartfelt Shakespeare."
British Theatre

Audience Comments

"...your Henry V was insanely good. You have surpassed all previous summits."

"Jaw breakingly good rendition of Henry V"

"I was ridiculously proud to be able to introduce my mate to you last night, and your performance was BRILLIANT."

"You should all be really proud of the work on Henry V. Every actor, every crew member, every department has completely excelled itself. It is the best thing that I have seen GSC do, and ranks as one of my favourite Shakespeare productions ever."

"That was the best Shakespeare play I have ever seen... I will write you a 5 star review any day of the week. Many congratulations to all."

"I've seen quite a few performances of Henry V in my time but can truthfully say that I enjoyed this one the most."

"I’ve seen Henry V a few times (including Anton Lester at The National) and more recently, last summer at The Globe. But this one moved me the most."

"Never thought I would enjoy a historical play so much.”

"You've completely out done yourselves this summer. Astounding productions.”

"Hugely enjoyed Guildford Shakespeare's Henry V. Only five actors! And it more than worked. Genius."

"Brilliant performance of Henry V last night! Beautiful warm evening & inspired setting at the Cathedral - the story came alive!"


Details of The Canterbury Tales team will be here soon, in the meantime, say goodbye to our Summer 2014 cast...

Richard Galazka

Henry V / Hostess

Morgan Philpot

Westmoreland / King of France

Matt Pinches

Dauphin / Fluellen




Chris Porter

Exeter / Pistol

Emily Tucker

Katherine / Constable



The five actors in Henry V play 30 parts between them; key roles are listed here.

...and if you see them in Guildford over the next few weeks, do stop and say hello!



New to the team this summer is Richard Galazka and Emily Tucker, whilst James Camp and Alex Hooper join us as part of our Apprenticeship scheme with GSA.

We're also delighted to welcome back a number of familiar faces: Chris Porter (most recently Iago in February’s Othello); Morgan Philpott (Master Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor in 2012); Rhiannon Sommers (Rosalind in last summer’s As You Like It); and Richard Keightley (Algy in last summer’s Earnest) will be putting cucumber sandwiches and muffins to one side this summer!

Creative Team

Director Caroline Devlin returns to GSC for her 6th show with us after Othello, Macbeth, Richard III, Merry Wives and Hamlet) and is joined by Design Co-ordinator Anett Black following her work on Othello. Lighting Designer Declan Randall makes his open-air debut with us following the awesome lighting designs for Richard III, Macbeth and Othello. He's joined by regular sound designing genius Matt Eaton.

Stage Management

New faces behind the scenes, keeping us all on the straight and narrow, will be Production Manager Colin Newton and Deputy Stage Manager Christine Hollinshead. The wonderfully resourceful and ever-happy Kate Thompson joins us again as Assistant Stage Manager.


Click on a thumbnail to view a photo ~ Photography by Steve Porter