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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

GATA Autumn Festival


We are thrilled that On The Razzle will be part of  the GATA Autumn Festival at The Electric Theatre!

Celebrating some of the best from GATA (Guildford Amateur Theatre Association), the GATA Autumn Festival is offering an exclusive 10% discount to anyone who books a ticket for three or more of the eligible shows. So when you book your tickets to see On The Razzle grab a tasty razzle discount when booked with other GATA shows.

Which shows are eligible? We’re glad you asked! Just keep a lookout for the GATA logo; any show sporting the GATA Autumn Festival logo on its unmissable bed of autumn leaves is available for the discount. Simply add the tickets to your basket for each show and you’ll receive the discount automatically!

To see the list/book eligible shows click here

But that’s not all! Watch this space for more information about the upcoming GATA Autumn Festival week, from the 7th to the 9th of December, which starts with exciting workshops, productions, and talks, culminating in an electric evening of entertainment called Remember Our Name.

Click on the image below to go straight to the Razzling Reservation Room 


Onwards to The Minack for The Merry Wives

Following a fabulous run at Waverley Abbey House in Farnham the infamous knight Sir John Falstaff will be minack stageaccompanying the Merry Wives as they head out of Windsor towards Datchet Mead and onwards to The Minack Theatre – Cornwall’s beautiful theatre under the stars.

See our video below for a taste of what to expect !

A Birds Eye View of Guildburys at Waverley Abbey House

We know you will enjoy the beauty and drama of our open air theatre in the magnificent grounds of Waverley Abbey House with its numerous picnic spots and plenty of room to spread out and relax.
Fly with us and experience a birds eye view below of the beautiful grounds.
Join Guildburys for a magical summer theatrical experience at Waverley Abbey House.



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We are Waiting for Godot !

It’s not long now.
Excitement is building. Take a look at our video to get a flavour of our Spring show here.



Jamaica Inn – a tale that deserves to be heard !

Were you mystified for all the wrong reasons by the BBC ‘adaptation’ of this wonderful story ?
Fear not – Guildburys’ version of this exciting play WILL be heard.

Jamaica-Inn-Brochure-Image1Guildburys Theatre Company’s production at The Electric Theatre in Guildford is fast paced, atmospheric and wonderfully vivid, doing justice to the original, whilst bringing the invention and innovation for which Guildburys are renowned.

Don’t miss it – it runs nightly at 7.45pm from November 18 – 21. Perfect for an Autumn visit to the theatre !

To book online click here
Click below to see our video trailer


An honoured guest at Blue Stockings

Guildburys were delighted to welcome former Mayor of Guildford, Bill Bellerby to the Friday evening performance of ‘Blue Stockings’.

Bill Bellerby

Bill is pictured with Blue Stockings director, Gilly Fick, Guildbury chairman Rob Sheppard and members of the cast and production team.


Guildburys dedicated their production of ‘Blue Stockings’ to Bill’s wife, Doreen, who passed away aged 95 on March 15. Bill and Doreen Bellerby were passionate supporters of Guildford theatre and Doreen worked tirelessly for women’s rights. Its subject matter would have greatly appealed to her, being about the battle for women’s higher education and their fight to be awarded the degrees they were denied purely because of their sex.It seemed particularly appropriate therefore to dedicate our production of this play to Doreen. During the interval Bill described how she had been summoned in 1965, by the then Home Secretary, and asked to write a report on equality for women which was to be delivered to the government. She maintained that passion and commitment throughout her life.

Bill and Doreen both served terms as Mayors of Guildford and were weekly attenders at The Electric – indeed, they were instrumental in the development of Guildford’s Electric Theatre as a focus for local community theatre. The studio theatre in Guildford’s new G-Live venue was named ‘The Bellerby Studio’ in honour of these 2 great supporters of the arts in Guildford.

In recent years Doreen’s failing health meant they were unable to take their customary front row seats at The Electric, and this was the first time that Bill had been to see a show there since 2011. We were thrilled and honoured that he accepted our invitation to attend. He enjoyed the show enormously and commented that Doreen would have loved it. He appreciated all the nuances of the story and of the production commenting that it was so good we should tour it. Praise indeed from someone who has seen a LOT of theatre!

The production featured a number of period projection images and the closing projection dedicated the Guildbury production to Doreen Bellerby – as soon as the text appeared the audience broke into spontaneous applause which was very touching and at 98 Bill still managed to make a speech – what an extraordinary man.


Doreen-Bellerby-3-480 Bellerby Presentation
Bill and Doreen at the opening of the G-Live Bellerby Studio The Bellerbys attend Guildburys ‘Playhouse Creatures’ in 2007




Blue Stockings is coming to The Electric Theatre

Our Spring production is ‘Blue Stockings’ by Jessica Swale – a fabulous treat is in store for audiences at The Electric Theatre, Guildford. See our video and be sure to book – tickets are selling fast ! 01483 444 789

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