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The Government Inspector at The Minack from 26 – 30 August

HIDE OR BRIBE  –  The Government Inspector is coming to The Minack Theatre. 

This year, our Picnic Theatre production of The Government Inspector tours in August to the renowned Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

REVIEWS of our Surrey Production in July

★★★★ 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’ comedy extremely well. (Sardines Magazine)

★★★★★’This fast-paced comedy is another triumph for the Guildburys – brilliant individual and ensemble acting and wonderful comic timing.’ (Essential Surrey Magazine)

‘This was an astoundingly good production, even by Guildburys’ high standards. A rollicking tour de force – ideal for the open air, and bound to wow audiences when it transfers to the Minack Theatre, Cornwall, in August.’  ( NODA )

Audience Comments

‘What a fabulous evening of entertainment!! It was the full package including the costumes and set!!’

‘A tour de farce! I simply adore theatre being as wonderful as this! A go see…a must see…a do so!

Book online HERE

Watch the horror on the face of the corrupt Mayor of a small Russian town in the middle of nowhere as he discovers that he and his crooked cronies are to be visited by a GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, travelling incognito. Enjoy the chaos as The Mayor and his Dubious Dignitaries plot to bribe the Inspector with wads of roubles and copious amounts of vodka. The result is mayhem and masses of comedic delight.

An amateur production in association with Samuel French. 

Graphic design and production photography Phill Griffith.

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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’ comedy extremely well. (Sardines Magazine)

★★★★★’This fast-paced comedy is another triumph for the Guildburys – brilliant individual and ensemble acting and wonderful comic timing.’ (Essential Surrey Magazine)

This year we added beer!

We were happier than a Government Official with a clipboard to have the award winning Tilford Brewery setting up their travelling tavern of temptation and breaking open a barrel or two (or three) at our Merrist Wood summer show. There were also some delicious dairy delights to round off the alfresco frolic in Merrist Wood’s spectacular show ground with locally produced ice cream. Then it was time to raise a glass of Picnic Pimms or get a caffeine kick in the pants from ‘The Mayor’s’ teas and coffees. Enjoy a Picnic Theatre Feast of Fun as the comedy unfolded.

Audience Comments –

★★★★ We never miss a show!

★★★★ Truly Amazing!

★★★★ Must-see event!

Guildburys were delighted to be supporting Challengers with collections at all our shows. Look out for their orange T-shirts !! An amateur production in association with Samuel French.  Book online HERE

Graphic design and flyer photography Phill Griffith.

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Photography and graphic design Phill Griffith

Auditioning Director Contact

An audition pack is available to download – please click here.
Audition guidelines here
Please use this form to contact the director of ‘People’

Guildburys partner with Tilford Brewery

Guildburys are quite excited and very happy that summer has arrived ready to shine on Guildford’s biggest outdoor summer theatre show! The Government Inspector.

This year we’ve added beer!

We’re happier than a Government Official with a clipboard to announce that award winning Tilford Brewery will be setting up their travelling tavern of temptation and breaking open a barrel or two (or three) at our Merrist Wood summer show for ‘curtain up’ from 8pm on July 17th-20th.

Enjoy a Picnic Theatre Real Ale Feast of Fun.

‘INSPECT’ Tilford’s local award winning craft beers.

Sample ‘THE GOVERNOR’ a lively character, which may leave you tight lipped. Move on to ‘ABDULIN’S ALE’ –  full of charm and good looks. Try Tilford’s incognito brews, renamed for some summer fun. Can you guess their Ales’ real identity!?

There’s also some delicious dairy delights to round off your alfresco frolic in Merrist Wood’s spectacular show ground with locally produced ice cream.

Then it’s time to raise a glass of Picnic Pimms or get a caffeine kick in the pants from ‘The Mayor’s’ teas and coffees.

All of which is guaranteed to make your Guildburys Picnic Theatre a memorable outdoor theatre experience and tremendous taste sensation.

An even bigger reason to book tickets now  here

But step lively, there’s bound to be a queue at the Tilford’s Traveling Tavern Beer Tent.

P.S. Doors open at 6:30pm Evenings and 12:30 Saturday Matinee. Arrive early as tickets are disappearing faster than a corrupt Mayor, so there’s going to be competition for the good picnic spots!!!

A peek at rehearsals for The Government Inspector !

The cast and director are having an absolute ball in rehearsals for The Government Inspector and we’d like to share a sneaky peek with you. We can’t wait to get it on stage.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect…

Celebrations all the way this summer

There’s a lot to shout about !

 

It’s a big summer for Guildburys and it’s fun all the way through July and August with Picnic Theatre at its best.
This will be Guildbury’s 30th annual open air show. Catch it in Surrey before it goes on tour to The Minack theatre in Cornwall, where we are celebrating another milestone !
It will be exactly 40 years since we first performed at this beautiful theatre under the stars in 1979 !

Guildburys are at the 2019 Guildford Fringe Festival !

We are excited to be joining the Fringe line up at the 2019 Guildford Fringe Festival on July 5 & 6 with ‘ Late Night Shorts’

 

Three quick bursts of theatre to round off your weekend evening to perfection.

To book tickets click here
Funny and poignant, short and to the point.Transport yourself to a US airport which people can’t leave, a dysfunctional office somewhere in Surrey and a place where the future catches up with the past.
All performed in just 30 minutes – these are Late Night Shorts.
‘Desk Fort’ by Annette Storckman
‘Getting Warmer’ by Tim Gomersall
‘Stuck’ by Scott Mullen
Taking place in Guildford’s legendary Back Room at The Star (see map link below)

Graphic design and publicity photography Phill Griffith

 

 

Blue Stockings November 13 – 16 at Hatchlands Park National Trust

Love or knowledge –  which would you choose ?

An intimate production performed in the Music Room at Hatchlands Park. Hatchlands Park was built by Fanny Boscawen, an original bluestocking, and her husband. In celebration of her legacy, Guildburys Theatre Company present Jessica Swale’s acclaimed play telling the true story of the battle fought by women to be permitted to graduate from Girton College, Cambridge. Set during a tumultuous academic year from 1896 – 97, the play follows feisty Tess Moffat and her fellow students as they join the vanguard of women’s education, dancing the can can, riding bicycles and falling in love. At a time when women and girls in some parts of the world still struggle to get access to education, this is a play that speaks to today.

Tickets are strictly limited to 70 per performance.

BOOK ONLINE  HERE

The Courtyard Cafe will open at 6.30pm, serving light snacks and drinks. Drinks will also be available during the interval

Why not enjoy a pre theatre supper at the renowned Queen’s Head only 5 minutes from Hatchlands Park. A special seasonally adjusted Blue Stockings menu will be available. See a sample menu here
The St, East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RY. Tel 01483 33322
THE MUSIC ROOM
Audience comments on Guildburys’ 2015 production

‘Magnificent. I was privileged to be there last night. The performance was excellent and beautifully presented by all.’

‘Thought-provoked and emotionally stirred by tonight’s performance of Blue Stockings.’ 

Press Quotes about Jessica Swale’s play

‘Cracking… leaves you astonished at the prejudices these educational pioneers had to overcome’  The Guardian
‘Thoughtful and provocative… thoroughly researched and grippingly dramatised’  The Stage
‘Touching and entertaining… Swale tells the story with both wit and a hint of righteous indignation’  The Telegraph 

Flyer photography Jonathan Constant. Design Guildburys Theatre Company. To receive details of this and other forthcoming shows join our mailing list –  click here

Cast announced for 2 Couples, 2 Pubs, 2 Countries

We are delighted to announce the cast for ‘Two Couples, Two Pubs, Two Countries’ at The Keep Pub, Castle Street, Guildford

Pub Owner: Caroline Ross

 

Peas by David Tristram

Daisy: Amy Yorston

Gerry: Glyn Rogers

 

Catherine Medbh by Declan Feenan

Her: Amy de Roche

Him: Tom Key

Behind the scenes with a Guildbury crew

Here’s what happens when we build a set in the theatre….

It’s 12 hours of hard work on the day by the crew and production team preceded by months of planning, designing, discussing, building, hammering, painting fuelled by endless cups of tea with the occasional glass of something restorative !

 

 


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