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16 June - 2 July, 2011 - Guildford Castle Gardens

Light the touch paper and stand well back...

One of the most loved of all Shakespeare's comedies, its central story of two young people falling in love, being ripped apart by deception and finally reunited, is accompanied by the blazingly colourful 'merry war' between old flames Beatrice and Benedick. Their relationship sets the stage alight as neither will entertain the idea of falling in love, let alone getting married. Their friends however think otherwise and slowly but surely trick each of them into believing that the other is in love them...a situation they discover they both actually rather like!

Much Ado was the first play GSC staged in 2006, and it was a delight to revisit this wonderful play in the brand new setting of an Edwardian country fair, complete with coconut shy, 'sponge the policeman', Punch & Judy and a candy floss stand, where audiences experienced an interactive, truly unforgettable evening!

Reviews & Audience Comments

"GSC bring out the sunshine...lively, occasionally poignant and often laugh-out-loud funny; it is absolutely not to be missed! *****" Remotegoat.com

"[a] sparkling production" Surrey Advertiser

"terrific...a complete experience" BBC Surrey

"perfect entertainment" British Theatre Guide

Good, ... really, really good - and very funny! Lynn (age 9)

It was absolutely brilliant! A visual feast. Not a dull moment from start to finish! It was like being carried along on the crest of a wave.

It has been a while since I have cried with so much laughter and the whole play was so expertly done. One of our party, who has seen Shakespeare at The Globe, commented that your production was not just on a par - but better!

GSC has raised the standards of entertainment once again ...nothing short of sensational.

What a wonderful way to start the weekend...the atmosphere is infectious - I urge anyone with a free evening to go. Shakespeare would be proud!

Our forty-nine Year 8 and 9 students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were delighted to discover that Shakespeare can be accessible as well as intriguing.



Don Pedro
Don John
Friar Francis

Musical Director
Verse & Vocal Coach
Company Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager

Damian Davis
Matt Pinches
James Loye
Andy Cryer
Rhys King
James Sobol-Kelly
Rhys King
Ellie Beaven
Rachel Donovan
Sarah Gobran
Andy Cryer
Rachel Donovan

Hannah Chissick
Susannah Henry
Mary McAdam
Nick Winston
Sarah Stephenson
Kerrie Driscoll
Beth Sweeney


Please click on a thumbnail to view photo ~ Photography by Steve Porter