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Anne Boleyn – cast announced !

Merrist Wood

Waverley Abbey House

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Congratulations to our cast.

With 2 sessions of terrific auditions followed by a fun recall event, the director has cast our summer play – details are announced here.

The company meeting and read through is on May 13th and rehearsals start on May 15th. 

It’s an extraordinarily talented cast and we can’t wait to get going….  



Next auditions – Minack Tour


Our 2019 flagship production performs in July at Waverley Abbey House in Surrey, following which it will tour in August to Cornwall’s Minack Theatre.
Auditions are in mid September 2018 – scroll down for dates. 

Auditions are held well in advance to enable cast members to book accommodation in Cornwall and schedule holiday/time off work to tour. This is a large cast play with lots of opportunity for experienced actors – many of the roles may be played by either male or female actors. Projection and characterisation open air is key – especially at The Minack, which is a spectacular venue in which to perform.

Please click here to download a pdf file of character notes.
A message from the director –

‘Here, surreal wit and satire are mixed with an abundance of physical comedy. Gogol’s play is very much an ensemble piece with wildly comic characters whirling in panic around the stranger in their midst. They engage in a fast and furiously paced panic to bribe and dupe the visitor that they assume to be a Government Inspector. Will their petty corruptions and ineptitudes be discovered?’

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

Waverley Abbey House,Farnham,Surrey

Non members will be able to book auditions when the public diary is opened on August 19th. Prior to that date Guildbury members have a priority booking period, but you are welcome to register your interest or ask for information by using the contact form below. Your request will be emailed to the director. Audition packs will be available on August 1st. Auditions are held individually by prior appointment and will be available on either

  1. Sunday September 9th – from 6.00pm
  2. Tuesday September 11th – from 7.30pm
  3. Thursday September 13th – from 7.30pm

N.B. The director may wish to run a final recall audition to explore potential partnerships. That audition will be held on Sunday September 16th from 3 – 4.45 pm

REHEARSALS are on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings with an anticipated start date of May 16th, 2019. 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 full scripts are purchased and provided for you to keep.  

Please click here to see and download a pdf with helpful advice to help you prepare.
Please use our contact form below to contact the director for information or to register your interest.


Audition for Dracula



Please use our contact form below to book an audition and/or request an audition pack.

Auditions are held individually by prior appointment and will be available on either

  1. Monday June 18th – from 7.30pm
  2. Monday June 25th – from 7.30pm
  3. Monday 2nd July – from 7.30pm

REHEARSALS are on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings starting on September 16th. 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 full scripts are purchased and provided for you to keep.  

Performing at The Electric Theatre in Guildford from Wednesday 14 – Saturday 17 November
Please click here to see and download a pdf with helpful advice on how we audition our shows to help you prepare.
ROLES AVAILABLE  Click HERE to download a pdf with detailed character outlines
Please use this form to contact the director.



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!’


Programme 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.

All My Sons – The Electric Theatre April 2018

Anne Boleyn – Picnic Theatres in Farnham and Guildford July 2018

Dracula – The Electric Theatre November 2018

Oh Romeo – The Electric Theatre March 2018

The Government Inspector – Surrey Picnic Theatre, July 2019 & The Minack Theatre Cornwall August 2019

Blue Stockings – Hatchlands Park, Guildford November 2019

Get in touch – see our joining page here 




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.”


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