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Blue Stockings at Hatchlands Park November 2019


Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale

Guildburys will be revisiting their acclaimed production of Jessica Swales’ Blue Stockings in Autumn 2019 in a new production, performed in the music room of Hatchland’s Park  – the beautiful National Trust house on the outskirts of Guildford. We are delighted to have been invited to perform the play at Hatchland’s Park in celebration of Fanny Boscowen, wife of Hatchland’s owner who founded the first Blue Stockings society which held its meetings at the house.

Premiered in 2013 at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre it depicts the battle that women fought 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.

Audience comments on Guildburys’ 2014 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.’

Love or knowledge – which would you choose?

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Oh Romeo at The Electric Theatre from March 20 – 23


Oh Romeo – a comedy by Ephraim Kishon

It’s 30 years after Romeo and Juliet failed to commit suicide, and the world’s ideal lovers are married … and constantly fighting.

Their youthful romance has long gone and married life is full of disagreements and rows. Romeo’s been disinherited by his family and Juliet’s mother refuses to die (not that he could possibly talk about that to Juliet). And as if that weren’t enough, they have a teenage daughter, who has discovered punk rock and electric guitars… William Shakespeare is spinning in his grave “like to a top”, furious that Romeo and Juliet messed up the perfect ending he had planned for them.

But really, IT’S ALL HIS FAULT!

An ingenious comedy that hits all the right notes.
Don’t miss it!

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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 ) For character details please ask for a script.
Age ranges – flexible and not prescribed. Please ask the director for guidance.
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.


House Tours and desserts

Why not add to your enjoyment ? Take a free tour of Waverley Abbey House.


Join a FREE guided tour of the beautiful first floor rooms of Waverley Abbey House. Tours will be available before the show on the Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Tours will be at 6.45pm, 7.10pm and 7.30pm and will last approximately 20 minutes. Just meet at the entrance of the house five minutes prior to each tour. No advance booking is needed – it’s first come, first served ! Owned by the uncle of Florence Nightingale, politicians and merchants over the centuries and hospital to hundreds of wounded soldiers during World War 1, Waverley Abbey House has a remarkable history. You will see how this once virtually derelict building has been restored to its former glory by the present day owners, CWR, a Christian charity. As well as offering a wide range of courses, the house today is available for hire for business meetings and private functions.



Delicious desserts are also available pre show – which one will you choose ?





Online booking at Haslemere


Nell Gwynn at Haslemere

See our show page  here

Ticket Prices below.

Curtain up at 8pm.Grounds open for picnics 90 minutes before curtain up. 

To book tickets click here


On completion of your booking you will receive an e-ticket.



Evenings £17 / £14 (Child/Student concession)

To book tickets click  here

Do you have a question about coming to a Guildburys PicnicTheatre show ?  

INFORMATION/FAQ for PicnicTheatre audiences  here

See details of Cold Comfort Farm our 2018 Picnic Theatre show here 

Anne Boleyn online booking



11 – 14 July at Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, Farnham, GU9 8EP. 

25 – 28 July at Merrist Wood, Worplesdon, Guildford, GU3 3PE.



BOOK BEFORE MAY 31 !  Evenings £15.50 (Includes a discount of £2.50 – offer ends May 31)

BOOKINGS  FROM JUNE 1 – 30 !  Evenings £16.50 (Includes a discount of £1.50 – offer ends June 30)

MATINEE (Waverley Abbey House only)  £14.00

STUDENT CONCESSIONS (for Students in full time education. Contains some strong language and themes of an adult nature)  £14.00


On completion of your booking you will see your order on screen and you will receive an e-ticket with full details including a map and general information about the event. 

FAQ’s – Click here to see further information about your visit and answers to frequently asked questions  

Twelfth Night 29 July – 1 Aug 2015 at Haslemere museum

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” 
“If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it….”
“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”

Twelfth Night portrait websiteAll the ingredients combined in a perfect recipe for success, Twelfth Night glows richly amongst Shakespeare’s best loved comedies.

Shipwrecked Twins, mistaken identities, relationships that are not what they seem and plotters plotting – life’s complex intertwining becomes gloriously unravelled in this delicious play.

A cross-dressing, ship-wreck surviving, poetry-loving girl who finds herself at the centre of a not-so-average love triangle.

What’s not to love ? Who’s not to love?

Who could not fail to be entranced ?

With some of the Bard’s most oft quoted lines and many of his best loved characters, this production will delight. Staged in the intimate surroundings of the the grounds of Haslemere museum from July 29 – August 1.

Twelfth Night continues our tradition of

Plays with Picnics, Pimms and Pure enjoyment.
Audiences are in for  a treat !

Ticket prices

Evening performances £15 (concessions for seniors and school students £13 )

Matinee performance £11.50



Online Booking summer shows

Online booking   NOW OPEN
Ticket prices 
Evening performances £15 (£13 concessions for seniors and school students ) 
Matinee £11.50

AUTUMN 2011 Nov 30 – Dec 3

Performing at The Electric theatre,Guildford

Better known in recent times as Private Godfrey in Dad’s Army, as a younger man Ridley was a successful West End playwright. The Ghost Train, first seen in 1923, is his best known and most frequently performed play.
Stranded in a lonely Cornish railway station late at night, an ill-assorted group of characters find themselves caught up in the eerie tale of a spectral train and the series of startling events that its imminent appearance sets in motion. The Ghost Train is a thrilling and chilling suspense drama with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing to the very end. Its special effects were unrivalled in its day and, even now, the dramatic appearance of the ghost train itself is a spectacular theatrical tour de force.
In the run-up to Christmas, Guildburys offer you a spooky evening out that will have you on the edge of your seat. So be ready for the hairs on the back of your neck to bristle in this theatrical bare-knuckle ride!

SUMMER 2011 July 13 -16

Performing open air at Farnham Castle
Shakespeare’s delightful pastoral comedy – previously presented by Guildburys at Farnham Castle in 1998 – is an intoxicating mix of romance, innocence, optimism and redemption. Infused with music and song, and containing one of the most famous speeches he ever wrote, it is a charming and uplifting celebration of the triumph of goodness over wrongdoing.

Concluding with no fewer than four weddings, it blazons Shakespeare’s belief in the importance of marriage as the basis of a stable relationship. And, in the silver-tongued character of Rosalind, he gives us one of his best-loved and most emotionally complex heroines.

Guildburys’ production of this timeless play will have a 1920s theme and, with its largely sylvan setting, As You Like It is ideally suited to the beautiful outdoor surroundings of the Castle. A date not to be missed in your summer calendar!

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