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Sir Kenneth Branagh & Brian Blessed

with Co-Founders Matt & Sarah at Othello in 2014

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"The jewel in Guildford's theatrical crown" Remotegoat.com

“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 Guide, 2014

Guildford Shakespeare Company is a professional site-specific theatre company, specialising in Shakespeare. Our approach places the audience right at the heart of the action, immersing them in the world of the play, thereby demystifying the legend that Shakespeare is for an elite, educated few but rather is immediate and accessible to everyone.

“…to be spellbound, amused and to follow every moment of text and to want the production never to end…one of the best evenings of theatre I have ever been privileged to attend.” Audience member 2011

We want our 21st Century audiences to experience the same thrill and excitement that Shakespeare’s original audiences must have felt when they first saw the Ghost appear in Hamlet, the rousing battle cry of Henry V, and edge-of-your-seat anticipation in The Comedy of Errors.

"Jaw breakingly good" Audience member 2014

At GSC we use diverse and unusual non-theatre venues to create dynamic and challenging productions. From castles to lakes, churches to pubs, our approach merges the audience and acting space so that you’re given a visceral, stimulating and, above all, unique theatre experience.

“You're one of the reasons I love living in Guildford” Audience member, 2013

GSC productions are fresh, fast and modern in their interpretation of Shakespeare, but always in the original text and NEVER dumbed down.

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