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Apply to audition for Anne Boleyn

Waverley Abbey House, Farnham

Merrist Wood, Guildford

ANNE BOLEYN AUDITIONS  –  use our form to contact the director.

Auditions are held individually by prior appointment and will be available on either Sunday March 18th & Sunday March 25th from 2.30pm – 5.30pm or Tuesday March 23rd, from  7.30pm – 10.00pm at Compton Village Club, Spiceall, Compton, Guildford GU3 1JQ.

Those auditioning for lead parts should be available for a potential recall on Wednesday April 4th.

Rehearsals – Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings starting on May 13th. All those cast are required to join as full members of Guildburys Theatre Company. The membership fee is £25; there are no show fees and scripts are provided.  

Performing open air from

11 – 14 July  at Waverley Abbey House, Farnham 

25 – 28 July at Merrist Wood, Guildford

Please refer to our guidelines here to help you prepare for your audition

Roles available (women are welcome to audition for male roles )
Anne Boleyn (F) King James I (M)
Lady Rochford (F)  Chief lady-in-waiting to Anne Robert Cecil (M) advisor to King James
Lady Jane Seymore (F)  lady-in-waiting to Anne George Villiers (M)  lover of King James
Lady Celia (F) lady-in-waiting to Anne King Henry VIII (M)
William Tyndale (M)
Sloop (M) servant to Wolsey and Cromwell Thomas Cromwell (M)
Simpkin (M)  servant to Wolsey and Cromwell Cardinal Wolsey (M)
Parrot (M)  servant to Cecil Launcelot Andrews (M)  head of the Anglican faction
Dr John Reynolds (M)  head of the Puritan faction
+ Ensemble / Villagers (M & F) Henry Barrow (M)
Please use this form to contact the director to request an audition pack and/or arrange an audition.
Jay will be delighted to hear from you.


The Lady in the Van wins NODA award


Guildburys are delighted to announce that our 2017 production of ‘The Lady in the Van’ has been awarded a NODA accolade of excellence. In her citation for the award, NODA district representative Pauline Surrey said:

‘A hard choice, as your other productions were also great, but I was SO impressed by Diane Nichols, whose performance as the Lady surpassed even that of Maggie Smith in the film, in my humble opinion. Far more nuanced. If there were a Best Actress Award, Diane would have got it, no doubt about that! The two Alan’s were also magnificent – an acting Tour de Force!

So congratulations to Eddie Woolrich and the whole team involved!’


What’s in store for 2018 -19?

2018 / 2019 Season

There’s LOTS of excitement and plenty of opportunity. For actors there are strong plays to audition for and we are really keen to meet anyone interested in becoming part of the company – especially if you have set building and technical skills or are interested in learning from our team.

Starting with our 2018 Spring show, All My Sons, at The Electric Theatre in Guildford, and continuing with a programme of great plays performing at terrific venues across Surrey and touring to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

Interested ? Take a look at our programme below.

Get in touch – see our joining page here 



Anne Boleyn
Performing open air in Farnham and Guildford in JULY
‘We all know who Anne Boleyn was don’t we? But maybe it’s time to think again…’
Auditions in MARCH
Apply to audition here 

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Performing at The Electric Theatre, Guildford in November
‘Rule One for becoming a vampire victim…..
first of all you have to invite him in’
Auditions in JUNE

The Government Inspector
‘Hide or bribe – he’s coming!’
Performing in July 2019 in Surrey 
Touring in August to the spectacular Minack Theatre in Cornwall.
Auditioning in SEPTEMBER

Blue Stockings
At two exciting new venues in 2019.
Celebrating Fanny Boscowen at The National Trust, Hatchlands Park, Guildford
and transferring to
  The Victorian Lecture Hall, Haslemere Museum
‘Love or Knowledge – which would you choose?’


Alan Pollock attends the Guildbury production of his play

Guildburys were thrilled to welcome playwright Alan Pollock to the Friday evening performance of our production of his play, ‘One Night in November’.

Alan commented on our Facebook page ‘Prolonged and well-deserved applause for a great cast last night. Thanks for the most moving of evenings.’ 

Pictured on stage with cast and crew.

Surrey Sound radio interviews the director and cast of One Night in November

We were delighted to be interviewed by Surrey Sound Radio at the Electric theatre – listen to the interview here!


One Night in November comes to Guildford

Our simply spiffing newsreel.

One Night in November opens next week –  have you got your tickets yet ?


Fabulous audience reactions to Nell Gwynn !

Don’t just take our word for it – take a look as the audience tells our roving reporter, Mister Metric, how much they loved our production of Nell Gwynn at Waverley Abbey House.


See our audience reactions in our video


Waiting for Godot wins NODA award

We are delighted to announce that our production of Waiting for Godot won a NODA accolade of excellence – the director Oli Bruce is pictured collecting the award on behalf of the production. Congratulations to the cast, crew and production team !

Surrey Advertiser review

“The Guildburys production of this intriguing play allows a fine cast to perplex us, to amuse us, and to make us think. About all kinds of things. About relationships; about being alone; about who is dependent on whom; about nature; about fate; about being happy; about being bored; about being needed; about the passing of time; about memory; about existence. It is a very comic play, but also a sad glimpse into 5 lives. Beckett described it as a tragi-comedy.

Director Oli Bruce has achieved a long-standing dream of staging Godot, aided by the reliably excellent Guildburys team of actors we have come to expect. A fine evening, great fun, and I’m still thinking about it now! Not to be missed.”


How do we do it? Find out at our backstage workshop





Ever wondered what it takes to put on a show?



Have you ever considered helping out, but don’t quite know where to start? Hundreds of hours are spent by the back stage crew and production team on everything from building the set to balancing the books and we’d like to sing and dance about it all!

Guildburys are lifting the lid and taking you behind the scenes. Join us at Compton Village Club, Spiceall, Compton, GU3 1JQ on Monday 20th March at 8pm to find out what it’s all about. There will be numerous short presentations from the Guildbury team. Our set builders, designers, props and production managers, sound and light whizz kids, stage managers, marketers and costumiers will be taking centre stage. Whether you are interested in helping out or just curious to know how we do it, come along to learn a little more & share ideas, If you can let us know you’re coming, that would help with seating. Please click here to email us and register – it’s free !

Directions – turn into SPICEALL and the club is clearly signposted.


On the Razzle – meet the cast

Take a look at our video and meet the cast of our Autumn show, ‘On the Razzle’. A fabulous celebration of 20 years of at the Electric theatre.

Director of On the Razzle, Ian Nichols, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing this classic Tom Stoppard farce to GATA’s Autumn Festival. Our production is going to make the most of all the riotous fun and comedic chaos in the script and is designed to bring a party atmosphere to the Electric Theatre.”

To book tickets online – click HERE

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