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12th 28th June, Guildford Castle Gardens

Directed by Tom Littler
Designed by Neil Irish
Original Music compsed by Mary McAdam

Our 9th Open-Air Season kicked off with beautifully realised Victorian staging of Twelfth Night. Our biggest set to date at this venue was matched by largest ever open-air audience of 2501!

It was so lovely to re-visit this great play which we first staged back in 2007 (only our 2nd show!), and to welcome back actors like Morgan, Chris, Rhiannon and Richard. GSCs own Matt and Sarah reprised their 2007 roles of Malvolio and Maria.


Surrey Adverstiser


"This young, vibrant, energetic and enthusiastic company is always worth watching, and its aim to make Shakespeare accessible and fun pays off with many who previously avoided the Bard being totally converted."
British Theatre

Audience Comments

"...the production really EXCELLS. I loved it and was so proud 'it is Guildford' - well done"

"That was absolutely brilliant! You guys nailed it. Hoots of laughter (especially at your lines!) and everyone was really loving it - well done!"

"Brilliant performance last night, my son was in stitches for a lot of it! He loved it and as soon as we left he told me he wants to be in the Guildford Shakespeare Company when he grows up"

"Thoroughly entertaining. Never heard so much laughter at a play before"

"Twelfth Night in the castle grounds was phenomenal!"

"It was an unforgettable night - a cast of stars, such that I couldn't help but be gripped to fall in love with you all"

"If you've missed out on this production then you've denied yourself an absolute treat."

"Loved Twelfth Night, so funny. A great evening: thank you GSC, another wonderful production."

"An absolutely fantastic performance from all tonight in the beautiful castle grounds."

"The poster is one thing. Your play, quite another. Outstanding. Curtain call please."

"We are so lucky to have you doing this work. Hurrah!"

"...funny, witty, musical, just a really great night out!"


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

James Camp

Valentine / Sebastian

Richard Galazka

Sir Andrew Aguecheek

Sarah Gobran


Alex Hooper

Curio / Antonio

Richard Keightley


Morgan Philpot


Matt Pinches


Chris Porter

Sir Toby Belch

Rhiannon Sommers


Emily Tucker











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

We're thrilled to welcome back the same team behind last summer's beautiful 5-star As You Like It for our 21st show: Director Tom Littler; Designer Neil Irish (Othello, Richard III, Merchant, Dream, Two Gents); whilst Resident Composer Mary McAdam (Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado, Love's Labour's Lost, Two Gents, Merchant, Dream) will be writing original music for the songs..

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.

The fabulous Kerry Elkins will be audio-describing Twelfth Night, and the brilliant GSC Volunteers will be in place to welcome you once again.


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