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11-25 July 2015

This production became our most popular open-air show to date, with over 2700 people attending the gardens at the University of Law.

Director Charlotte Conquest gave us a very different Shrew from the one she directed in 2009. This time we were transported back to 1950s Italy and the piazza of Hotel Minola. We moved the audience a number of times, had a food fight and even Vancentio (the GSC Van) made an appearance! We also included the Induction of Christopher Sly, starting in a modern pub garden.

'GSC’s staging of Shrew is vivid, lively and left the audiences in stitches!’ British Theatre Guide

‘Scarcely a moment goes by without a brilliant detail that lights up the dialogue! Don’t miss this treat! This play is a total delight!’ Essential Surrey


***** ‘There was much to admire, laugh at and reflect upon in this GSC production!' Surrey Advertiser

‘Another unmitigated triumph for GSC!’ The Farnham Herald

Audience Comments...

‘I just wanted to write and say that my family and I thought it was absolutely stunning! My 18 year old daughter, who had pulled a face at the mention of Shakespeare, now wants to see more of your work. The quality of the acting was top notch, the sets imaginative and use of the grounds perfect. Well done every body and thank you for a fantastic evening. Incredibly high standards!!’

‘The first time I have ever seen audience actually running to grab the best seats!’

‘Fantastic performance tonight! Our whole family had so much fun, thank you!’

‘Such great leads, played with all the verve and vigour they could muster… beef with mustard!’


Julien Ball

Baptista in Shrew

Owen Oakshott
Petruchio in Shrew

Richard Emerson

Rat in Willows

Hortensio in Shrew

Sarah Gobran

Fox/Gaoler's Daughter in Willows

Katherina in Shrew

Nicole Hartley

Bianca in Shrew

Johanne Murdock

Chief Weasel in Willows

Biondella/Widow in Shrew

Matt Pinches

Toad in Willows

Tranio in Shrew

Chris Porter

Badger in Willows

Gremio in Shrew

Rob Witcomb

Stoat/Bargewoman in Willows

Grumio in Shrew

Christopher York

Mole in Willows

Lucentio in Shrew


Creative Team

Director/Adaptor Charlotte Conquest

Designer Neil Irish

Assistant Designer Anett Black

Sound Designer Matt Eaton

Choreographer Rebecca Howell

Fight Director Philip d’Orléans

Vocal Coach Sarah Stephenson

Production Manager Amy Southeard

Deputy Stage Manager Sharlene Harvard Young 

Assistant Stage Manager Jen Warner


Click on a thumbnail to view a photo ~ Photography by Mark Dean