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Shows 1963 – present

This page lists Past Productions in chronological order. Scroll down to see a full list of all our archived shows. Guildburys Theatre Company have been staging plays in Surrey since 1963 and the company has an enviable reputation for high quality productions and well crafted live shows. Whatever we produce, from local festival shows, to those further Read More

The Government Inspector from 17 – 20 July Picnic Theatre at Merrist Wood in Surrey

REVIEWS of our Merrist Wood Production ★★★★ The production is highly entertaining and hilarious from start to finish with most, if not all, characters extremely humorous. Every actor made me laugh out loud at points, sometimes just from small head movements or expressions. Guildburys Theatre Company are clearly a talented group of people who ‘do’ Read More

2 couples, 2 Pubs, 2 Countries at The Keep from May 2 – 4

Theatre Up Close, and personal !  Set in a pub, performed in a pub – two couples, divided by time and country, meet. In Catherine Medbh by Declan Feenan, we eavesdrop as two former lovers meet in a bar for a drink. Gerry and Daisy are looking for love with a brand new dating agency Read More

Oh Romeo at The Electric Theatre 20 – 23 March, 2019

  Essential Surrey  ★★★★ A rumbustious take on Shakespeare…. as always, the Guildburys have brought all their enthusiasm and dramatic skills to bear on this production. Ian McShee as the preening ghost of Shakespeare is brilliant. His dancing, self-congratulatory body language and swift changes of oral tone and register are a delight.This satire was written Read More

Bram Stoker’s Dracula at The Electric Theatre 14 – 17 November 2018

  Rule One for becoming a vampire victim – “First of all you have to invite him in”…….  The enduring gothic vampire horror, Dracula, is given a modern twist in this acclaimed adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel. An English lawyer visits his mysterious Transylvanian client, only to be imprisoned in a castle filled with Read More

Anne Boleyn at Guildburys’ Surrey Picnic Theatres from 11 – 14 July & 25 – 28 July 2018

The perfect accompaniment to a summer evening in the beautiful surroundings of Guildburys’ Picnic Theatres in Farnham and Guildford. Essential Surrey review – ★★★★★ ‘ The talented Guildburys have created another great evening of Picnic Theatre in the beautiful setting of Waverley Abbey House this weekend.’ Sardines Magazine review – ‘ The opening night of Guildburys Theatre Read More

All My Sons at The Electric Theatre 11 -14 April 2018

  ‘I can only say that I enjoyed this production enough to recommend it to all of Guildford. Five star theatre.’  ★★★★★ The Guildford Dragon. The Kellers are an ideal family – apparently. In his iconic play, Arthur Miller lays bare their hopes, secrets and self-delusions  – and exposes the reality of lives and relationships built on Read More

One Night in November at The Electric Theatre 15 – 18 November 2017

  ‘At the end of this moving play, as the cast, clutching candles, emerged from the shadows to take their bows, there was no immediate burst of applause. For just a few seconds, the audience were too moved, too deep in thought, to clap. A sure sign of a great piece of theatre.’ Pauline Surrey (N.O.D.A.) Read More

Nell Gwynn at Haslemere Museum 27 – 29 July 2017

‘All round, this would rank with the best open-air theatre experiences – professional or amateur – I’ve had’.  FARNHAM HERALD ‘This is an excellent evening’s entertainment by this accomplished Surrey theatre company. If you can get tickets don’t delay, you won’t regret it’ ★★★★★ ESSENTIAL SURREY ‘Fine casting, able direction by Laura Sheppard, great performances Read More

Nell Gwynn at Waverley Abbey House in Farnham 12 – 15 July 2017

Winner – 2016 Olivier Award for best new comedy, performed open air.  Jessica Swale’s award winning comedy is a poignant, tender & rumbustious romp, liberally sprinkled with comedy, truth and musical delights. Perfect for Picnic Theatre ! Performed open air in the grounds of stunning Waverley Abbey House – pack a picnic, uncork the wine Read More

The Lady in the Van at The Electric Theatre 3 – 6 May 2017

  SARDINES MAGAZINE  ‘The production was a shining example of the quality of British amateur theatre…I felt privileged to have been invited to share the experience’ ……  GUILDFORD DRAGON ‘This is not a tragedy to be avoided, but a slice of life to be savoured.’….. NODA ‘Eddie Woolrich took on the challenge of directing this Read More

On the Razzle at The Electric Theatre 30 November – 3 December 2016

‘Wot a great delight from one end to the other and everything in between. Wicked word play…farce at its very best. Great direction and a great cast giving it all they got with great gusto….and enjoying it immensely themselves. A treat for the mind and you will leave the theatre thoroughly thoroughly pleased with yourself Read More

The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Minack 22 – 26 August 2016

Guildburys triumphant return to Cornwall’s beautiful Minack Theatre!  2013 saw Guildburys production of ‘Tartuffe’ play to packed houses at The Minack and in August 2016, fresh from a successful run at their summer home open air at Waverley Abbey House in Farnham, Guildburys Theatre Company returned to perform at The Minack Theatre, bringing The Merry Wives Read More

The Merry Wives of Windsor at Waverley Abbey House in Farnham 13 – 16 July 2016

Picnic Theatre is special – the perfect summer evening Open Air at Waverley Abbey House, Farnham. “A fantastic production with plenty of humour! Thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family.”   With excellent reviews, and huge enjoyment all round our audiences toasted the summer in the company of some of Shakespeare’s most colourful characters, including the Read More

Waiting for Godot at The Electric Theatre 6 – 9 April 2016

  With 5 star reviews, innovative staging set against a post apocalyptic backdrop, Guildburys stylish interpretation of this fascinating play added to the intrigue that is Beckett’s masterpiece. A play that famously bemuses and amuses whilst challenging every answer the audience comes up with certainly lived up to its reputation. Described as a play where nothing happens twice, plenty Read More

Jamaica Inn at The Electric Theatre 18 – 21 November 2015

Guildburys production of Daphne Du Maurier’s iconic tale, adapted for the stage by Lisa Evans, received rave reviews, and was thoroughly enjoyed by the large numbers who came to see it. With strong performances from the principles, supported by a talented ensemble and an innovative narrative chorus, this was a brave and exciting production with a Read More

Twelfth Night at Haslemere Museum 29 July – 1 August 2015

With some of the Bard’s most oft quoted lines and many of his best loved characters, this production was a delight, as Guildburys returned to perform in the gardens of Haslemere Educational Museum – a wonderfully intimate venue with a picturesque outlook over Black Down. The area is all grass and the formal lawn offers a great picnic Read More

Twelfth Night 15 – 18 July 2015 at Waverley Abbey House

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”  “If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it….” “Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”  

Blue Stockings 25 – 28 March 2015 at The Electric Theatre

Love or knowledge – which would YOU choose?  Jessica Swale’s first play, ‘Blue Stockings’,  premiered to great acclaim at The Globe theatre in 2013 and depicts the battle that women fought to be permitted to graduate from Girton College, Cambridge. Set during a tumultuous academic year between 1896-97, the play follows feisty Tess Moffat and 3 of Read More

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde 27 – 29 November 2014 at The Electric Theatre

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at The Electric Theatre, Guildford A play by David Edgar based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson.   London. 1886. Autumn. The streets of the city, swirling with yellow fog, are chill and gloomy. Stalking them is the monstrous Edward Hyde, a murderous brute who seems to appear and Read More

Guildburys Macbeth at Haslemere

“The whole cast were absolutely brilliant and not a weak actor in sight…….. Every cast member was brilliant. If I was to write about everyone, saying how good they were, I would be writing a book instead of a review ……Top marks. Director Ian Nichols ought to show the professional companies how it’s done…… I Read More

Macbeth 16 – 19 July 2014 at Waverley Abbey House, Farnham

Celebrating our 25th annual open air performance ! ‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair’ A fabulous production of one of Shakespeare’s most performed plays which enthralled audiences – AND the reviewers ! REVIEW – Bob Heather. Sardines Magazine “The whole cast were absolutely brilliant and not a weak actor in sight…….. Every cast member Read More

Ayckbourn’s Ten Times Table. April 30 – May 3 2014

Guildburys pulled off a sell out success at The Electric Theatre, Guildford with their production of  ‘Ten Times Table’, by the master of comedy, Alan Ayckbourn. With a delightful array of zany characters – at least one of whom you will have met, and all of whom you will recognise, it performed to packed houses. Read More

The Locked Room 11 – 14 December 2013

‘Under the adept and skilled direction of award-winning director Laura Sheppard, local playwright Kathryn Attwood’s masterful new play ‘The Locked Room’ is a riveting drama from start to finish. The intelligent writing is something to celebrate and with first-rate performances, impressive backdrop and evocative costumes The Guildburys are once again demonstrating why they continue to Read More

Tartuffe, 17- 20 July and 26 – 30 August 2013

“Every performance in this production was brilliant… I must make mention of the fabulous costumes. Each and every cast member looks the part from head dress to shoes and everything in between; special mention must be made of a few who clearly had the audience in the palm of their hands from the start. Orgon, Read More

Dancing at Lughnasa, April 10-13 2013

Guildburys were delighted to  perform this award winning play. Following its opening in Dublin the production transferred to the National theatre in 1991 where it won the Olivier award for best play, and after a triumph on Broadway it went on to win the Tony Award for best play. A warm and endearingly heartfelt story of Read More

The Royal Baccarat Scandal. November 2012

Guildburys were awarded a National Operatic and Drama Association accolade of excellence for this production. Audience comments Moira Clarke  “Show was absolutely brilliant – loved it. And unique finale in having to cast a vote” Gordon Ayshford “Fantastic – a truly captivating plot brought to life by charismatic performances. The pace moved at a lick to Read More

The Marriage of Figaro. July 2012

Guildburys have been performing their  flagship summer show in the grounds of Farnham Castle for more than 20 years. The Marriage of Figaro – the play that inspired Mozart – was the perfect choice for a Farnham show. The marriage of picnicking in spectacular surroundings whilst enjoying the delights of  outdoor theatre should have been a marriage Read More

The Memory of Water. April 2012

‘Blessedly and mercurially funny…. Stephenson combines a flair for witty dialogue with a relish…. a mistress of comic anguish’.         THE GUARDIAN Guildburys were awarded a National Operatic and Drama Association accolade of excellence for this production. Three sisters, estranged after years of family rifts come together following the death of their mother.Their lives have taken Read More

The Ghost Train. December 2012

Stranded in a lonely Cornish railway station late at night an ill-assorted group of characters find themselves caught up in the eerie tale of a spectral train and the series of startling events that its imminent appearance sets in motion. The Ghost Train is a thrilling and chilling suspense drama with plenty of twists and Read More

As You Like It. July 2011

As You Like It Flyer

As You Like It runs the glorious gamut of pastoral romance with cross-dressing and love-notes, poetry and brilliant conversation, gentle satire, slapstick and passion.   The director of the 2011 version of As You Like It loved the play so much that she named her daughter after Shakespeare’s eponymous heroine, Rosalind! Performed open air with Read More

Burnt by the Sun. March 2011

This was the first production of this critically acclaimed play since it was premiered at The National Theatre in 2009. An outstanding success for Guildburys ! Mr and Mrs J.S. wrote : I really have to write straight away to say how superb your production of this play is.Such a moving,thought-provoking play, exactly what the Read More

Private Fears in Public Places. November 2010

Private Fears in Public Places Guildburys

  “Director Colin Orbaum was fully aware of the challenges ahead when he chose this play. He felt sure he could present a strong cast and this he did. In a nutshell this production was well cast, rehearsed and well delivered.” The pace was good and the constant movement around the stage kept the audience Read More

The Taming of the Shrew. July 2010

  ANOTHER SELL OUT AT FARNHAM CASTLE !   Guildburys celebrated their 21st year at the castle in style with this new adaptation of Shakespeare’s much loved tale of the battle of the sexes. The stormy relationship between the colourfully eccentric Petruchio and his scornful and unwilling bride Katharina was played against the magnificent castle backdrop, Read More

The Titfield Thunderbolt. March 2010

Titfield Thunderbolt Guildburys Theatre

A CLASSIC EALING COMEDY – FEATURING 2 TRAINS, A BUS AND A STEAMROLLER! This Guildburys production didn’t disappoint and  we knew that we were in for an entertaining couple of hours.I had been looking forward to this production & I wondered how they could stage a version of this 1950’s Ealing comedy.  The setting was Read More

Hobson’s Choice. November 2009

Guildburys were delighted for the first time to be associated with The Rotary Club of Guildford district and the performance on November 4th raised funds for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, Guildburys’ charity partners in Farnham. The performance raised £1500 for the hospice. Review of Hobson’s Choice. Jeff Thomson Surrey Advertiser theatre critic. It was a Read More

The Comedy of Errors. July 2009

Guildburys The Comedy of Errors

A sell out success at Farnham Castle July 15-18 2009 REVIEW OPEN-AIR theatre is always special, whatever the weather. As long as you have someone special to cuddle up with and a well-performed piece to keep you warm through the driving showers you are bound to enjoy the show. That was the case on Friday Read More

After Mrs Rochester. March 2009

‘Guildburys is one of Surrey’s most adventurous and successful drama groups. An accomplished company brings a fast paced story to life with intelligence and verve” Surrey Advertiser  ‘What’s On’ REVIEW Polly Teal’s script for ‘After Mrs Rochester’ is stylistic and frequently surreal.  It is a challenge for any company but was confidently chosen by Guildburys Read More

Great Expectations. November 2008

GREAT EXPECTATIONS Dickens’ classic and best loved masterpiece is brought to the stage. The tale of the orphaned Pip and his attempts to become a gentleman is populated with memorable characters: the threatening convict Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham, the haughty Estella, the bubbling Herbert Pocket….. a host of personalities in Dickens’ inimitable mix of Read More

The Servant of Two Masters. July 2008

‘Chaos that sparkled ! Liberally peppered with much hilarity, Goldoni’s classic farce stormed into Farnham.’ Sumptuous costumes and a talented cast performed a real classic. A great recipe for a perfect summer’s evening ! REVIEW Last week the Guildburys returned to Farnham Castle for their annual open air performance. Graham Russell Price, playing the part Read More

Leatherhead Festival. May 2008

  GUILDBURYS WIN BEST PLAY TROPHY AT THE LEATHERHEAD DRAMA FESTIVAL !! The Guildbury production of ‘A Dog’s Life’, directed by Janet Williams won the coveted best production trophy at the 2008 Leatherhead drama festival. The trophy was donated by Sir Michael Caine who is a stalwart supporter of the festival and was presented by Sir Michael himself, who Read More

Time and the Conways. April 2008

It is 1919. The house is full of light and laughter as the prosperous Mrs Conway and her family gather to celebrate her daughter’s twenty first birthday and the return of her favourite son from the Great War. They seem a golden family – safe and well after the Great War, looking forward to future Read More

The Government Inspector. March 2008

Guildburys is one of Surrey’s foremost amateur theatre companies and we were delighted to be invited by The Mayor of Guildford, to perform The Government Inspector at the Electric Theatre in aid of his chosen charity, the Halow Project.   From Emma Cunningham for and on behalf of the Trustees of the Halow Project Thank Read More

Playhouse Creatures. November 2007

Set in the late 17th century, April de Angelis’ play explores the world of the first women to perform on stage. Their status was precarious, the line between actress and courtesan all too permeable, and they were often exploited, used and then cast aside.It is a play that is by turns comic, poignant and shocking. Read More

Much Ado About Nothing. July 2007

  One of Shakespeare’s most endearing classics featuring the most famous battle of the sexes.  Benedick, an arrogant and confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice his favorite sparring partner.   While Beatrice and Benedick hide their infatuation beneath witty barbs, young love blossoms as Hero and Claudio race to the altar. When the wicked Don John conspires Read More

Pygmalion. November 2006

Bernard Shaw’s SPARKLING and BITING classic   “You have no idea how frightfully interesting it is to take a human being and change her into a quite different human being…” When Henry Higgins makes a bet with Colonel Pickering that he can turn a cockney flower girl into a lady, he sets out to change Read More

Frankenstein. April 2005 and August 2006

Guildburys Frankenstein - Edinburgh Festival Show

REVIEW  ‘This production does a tremendous job of bringing Mary Shelley’s creation to life.’ The chorus frequently narrates extracts from Shelley’s text, adding gravitas and intensity to the performance, while Damien de Roche is outstanding as Victor.The juxtaposition of the De Lacey’s reading ‘Genesis’ while the creature reads Victor’s journal is excellently executed as is Read More

The Two Gentleman of Verona. July 2006

  The Two Gentlemen of Verona is about young people – passionate, treacherous, insecure and hormonal, standing on the brink of the rest of their lives.   Valentine quits Verona to see the world, heads off to Milan and falls for the beautiful Silvia, only for his supposed best mate Proteus to follow on his Read More

Vanity Fair. April 2006

Becky Sharp is one of literature’s most talked about heroines and this colourful production, specially adapted for the stage by the director, brought Thackery’s sweeping tale to life. Amelia Sedley, of good family, and Rebecca Sharp, an orphan, leave Miss Pinkerton’s academy on Chiswick Mall to live out their lives in Vanity Fair — a Read More

The Importance of Being Earnest. July 2005

The Importance of Being Earnest Guildburys Theatre, Surrey

A rousing, romantic escapade, Oscar Wilde dishes up scathing social satire, effervescent wit and high farce, making The Importance of Being Earnest one of the most cherished plays in the English language. In a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, charming bachelors Jack and Algernon lead double lives to woo the two young ladies Read More