Guildburys have been performing their flagship summer show in the grounds of Farnham Castle for more than 20 years. The Marriage of Figaro – the play that inspired Mozart – was the perfect choice for a Farnham show. The marriage of picnicking in spectacular surroundings whilst enjoying the delights of outdoor theatre should have been a marriage made in heaven, but the wettest summer in years meant that the cast and crew were faced with a huge challenge. Our audiences were extraordinary, laughing and clapping and staying to the end. It is a testament to the strength of our following AND the strength of a really excellent show.
Read the article in Surrey Life
This comment says it all
“Last evening some friends joined me to see the Guildburys Theatre Company production of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ in the grounds of Farnham Castle in the rain. They loved it! One commented ‘I really enjoyed the play, the players, the setting, and the company, which just goes to show how insignificant the weather can be made!’ and another ‘I had a wonderful time and am full of admiration for the Players. They carried on regardless, as if Power cuts and Stage sweeping excess water was an everyday occurrence / fact of life that they had been born to. I am definitely converted – and will be attending their next show. “
Other comments included
“Great performance. Please convey our congratulations to the cast for a very jolly and enjoyable performance, despite the weather.”
“Thanks… for a really entertaining show with great set and costumes and some outstanding performances”
Very well done and congrats to all the cast and crew.”
“Well done to all – really enjoyed the show.”
We were also delighted that the reviews agreed with our audiences –
‘ Very merry you can expect to be. This is , not to mince words, a total hoot. A mad farcical plot is presented by skilled actors on a delightful set – lots of blue and gold – with enough doors for the characters to hide behind when they are caught in embarrassing situations. The script, the acting,the directing,the costumes,the music,the lighting, the sound, I could scarcely fault them. Never mind the weather – go and see this show!’ Stella Wiseman – The Farnham Herald
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Sardines Magazine’s Nicole Rose wrote
The whole cast must be congratulated on their professionalism for handling the adverse weather. While we were all under wraps with coats and brolly’s the actors were having to pretend it was Spain and scorching hot – not an easy scene to play out when you’re standing in torrential rain with your costume sticking to you. However, there were some comical moments, like when the countess instructed Susanna to open the window as it was “stifling hot”. I felt the people in the front row could have probably done without the added “spray” when members of the cast swept the rain off the stage, clearly to help the actors, but in fact sweeping it at the front row in their efforts!!
All in all the production was great and I am only sorry that I didn’t get to see the second Act. However, all of the audience were delighted with what they saw and many returned the next night to watch the conclusion. I can’t wait to see their Summer 2013 production and will definitely be making my way down to Cornwall to support their production at The Minack whether it rains or snows!!
The beautiful grounds at Farnham Castle
Performed open air at Farnham Castle.
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Production photography Peter Chapman