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Online Booking – The Government Inspector at Merrist Wood

Booking will open soon. Watch this space !

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Audition for Oh Romeo



Oh Romeo at The Electric Theatre, Guildford from 20 – 23 March. 


Monday December 3rd from 7.30pm
Tuesday December 4th from 7.30pm
Sunday December 9th from 6pm.


Auditions for Oh Romeo will take place at Compton Village Club, Spiceall, Compton, Guildford GU3 1JQ

Please contact the director, Steffen Zschaler to register your interest using the contact form below.

Please click here to download a pdf file of character notes.

See the show page here

REHEARSALS are on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings with a start date of January 20th, 2019. 

Please click here to see and download a pdf with helpful advice to help you prepare. Scroll down for a map link to our rehearsal venue.


Please use our contact form below to contact the director for information.



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 unspeakable terrors. Back home, his fiancée and her friends are plagued by supernatural phenomena, heralding the arrival of a predator from the darkest reaches of mankind’s history.

Can Dracula’s lust for conquest be ended once and for all?

Guildburys Theatre Company presents the tale of seduction, power and insanity that has fascinated society for generations.




By arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Photography and graphic design Phill Griffith. To receive details of this and other forthcoming shows, join our mailing list – click here




Cast of Dracula announced

We are delighted to announce the cast of DRACULA – our autumn show at the The Electric theatre. We are looking forward to this hugely and rehearsals will start in mid September.

















The Government Inspector from 17 – 20 July open air at Merrist Wood in Surrey


Roll out the rug, pack your picnic and uncork the wine !
From July 17 – 20 it’s a feast of fun as The Government Inspector arrives at our beautiful Picnic Theatre in the grounds of Merrist Wood, near Guildford.

The corrupt Mayor of a small Russian town in the middle of nowhere is horrified to discover that he and his crooked cronies are to be visited by a government official, travelling incognito. Plots to bribe him with wads of roubles and vodka spiral into an epic frenzy.

The result is chaotic mayhem and masses of comedic delight.

Adapted from Gogol’s satirical and eccentric comedy, the plot inspired one of Fawlty Towers’ most iconic episodes, and this adaptation of the original truly sparkles.

Unmissable !

Performances nightly at 8.00pm.

Saturday matinee at 2.00pm

An amateur production in association with Samuel French.

Picnic Theatre FAQ’s to help you enjoy the show

Our Picnic Theatre at Merrist Wood

So many choices – where will YOU set up your picnic?










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Photography and graphic design Phill Griffith

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 production of Anne Boleyn in the glorious setting of Waverley Abbey House was a multidimensional theatrical experience to be savoured.’

NODA review‘ It was a play I would like to see again and again – if played by such a strong team as the Guildburys…… Every member of this cast produced excellent characterisation in their roles. Such strong performances from ALL was a delight.’

Premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and from the pen of Howard Brenton, arguably one of Britain’s greatest living playwrights, this is an altogether different look at the life of King Henry VIII’s most notorious wife. Moving effortlessly between comedy and tragedy, fear and hope, this vivid and mesmerising production was the perfect accompaniment to a summer evening picnic.

Photography Phill Griffith

See and hear what our audiences thought of the production

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Waverley Abbey House – our Farnham Picnic Theatre

Bring a picnic !

Merrist Wood – our Guildford Picnic Theatre


Blue Stockings 13 – 16 November 2019 at Hatchlands Park


Love or knowledge – which would you choose ?

Guildburys are delighted to have been invited to perform Blue Stockings at the National Trust’s Hatchlands Park on the outskirts of Guildford, in celebration of Francis Boscawen, wife of Hatchlands first owner, and a founding member of the first Bluestocking Society. The Bluestockings met regularly, hosting salons at each other’s houses including at Hatchlands. We will be revisiting our production of Jessica Swales’ play in Autumn 2019 in a brand new production, performed in the beautiful music room in the house.

Premiered in 2013 at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, the play depicts the battle fought by women 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 her fellow students as they join the vanguard of women’s education. Tess studies hard, dances the can-can, has her heart broken and passionately embraces education, but unlike her male counterparts she is denied a degree.

Auditions will take place in June – see the audition page here

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 on Jessica Swale’s play

‘Cracking… leaves you astonished at the prejudices these educational pioneers had to overcome’  Guardian
‘Brings wit and intelligence to a meaty subject’  Evening Standard
‘Lively and eye-opening’  Independent
‘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’  Telegraph 

Production photography Phill Griffith

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The Music Room at Hatchlands Park

Guildburys Blue Stockings

Hatchlands Park

Our 2015 Production


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


The year is 1624, 30 years after that fateful night in the vault.
Luckily, Juliet woke up just in time or Romeo would have thought she was dead and who could say what he would have done, young and neurotic as he was. 

But all is well, and Romeo and Juliet have been married for almost 30 years. All is well … or is it?

They have no money, a tiny bedsit, the teenage daughter from hell and as if that wasn’t enough, Shakespeare is mad at them for ruining his perfect ending.

Where did it all go wrong?



Oh Romeo – a modern comedy by Ephraim Kishon, translated by Lucienne Hill.
Don’t miss it! To book online click here

An amateur production by arrangement with Josef Weinberger.


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Sardines Magazine

Nigel Dams. Reviewer


In the scale of Things Difficult To Stage, I would have thought a living-room getting smashed up by the Luftwaffe would be right up there, but Guildburys did it to superb effect. That was the emotional, dramatic and visual climax to a very thought-provoking show at the Electric in Guildford last night….. as always with Guildburys, every aspect of the production was top-notch; It was a fine evening’s theatre. If you get a chance to see it, you won’t be sorry.

Essential Surrey Magazine

Janice Dempsey. Reviewer

ALL MY SONS 5 STARS. Personal, family and patriotic honour, truth and loyalty – timeless themes in a brilliant production by the talented Guildburys. Laura Sheppard as Kate Kellar is a strong figure, pitiful in her obsessive belief that her other son still lives.Her grief at the end of the play is mythical: her world is torn apart, her hands clawing her face, a mask of despair. My own eyes were overflowing with the enormity of her emotion. This is a wonderful play, timeless in its discussion of personal, family and patriotic values and loyalty. And this is a wonderful production, directed superbly by Robert Sheppard.

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