Surrey’s award-winning professional Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) announce their 13th Annual Open-Air Season.
The spectacle of daring rescues, archery competitions, sword fights, and masked balls, together with the cries of dastardly Sheriffs, outrageous fops and lovelorn lords and ladies will fill the air this summer as GSC’s open-air theatre double-bill bursts into life.
In June England’s most enduring legend ROBIN HOOD will take centre stage in a brand new stage version by GSC’s Associate Playwright ANT STONES (Grimms’ Fairy Tales, The Wind in the Willows). Whilst including all the classic characters – Little John, Marian, Scarlett, Friar Tuck and of course the Sheriff of Nottingham – this new play also reaches back into the original folk stories of everyone’s favourite outlaw, for a family adventure not to be missed.
ROBIN HOOD is staged in Guildford’s best-kept secret, RACKS CLOSE. A former chalk quarry, now beautifully overgrown into an idyllic natural amphitheatre, Racks Close sits in the heart of the town centre. GSC return to the venue following last summer’s runaway success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Infectious humour and feel-good optimism – 4 STARS” The Stage. Rope bridges and tree houses, together with the venue’s winding paths and grass banks promise the perfect setting for this immersive, promenade experience.
In July the same cast will relocate to the gardens of BRABOEUF MANOR at the University of Law on Portsmouth Road for the romantic comedy LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST. No sooner have the King of Navarre and his friends vowed to undertake three years of study, forswearing all forms pleasure, but the beautiful Princess of France and her equally diverting friends arrive at court, throwing all scholarly devotion into chaos. Soon the frustrations of the love-struck lords and ladies spills out into the local town, and so begins Shakespeare’s dazzling celebration love, bursting with colour, engrossing wit, and glorious word play.
Set in the Summer of 1939, inspiration has been taken from the raffish, messy artists of The Bloomsbury Group. The play is often seen as a companion to Much Ado About Nothing, which GSC staged in 2016, set at the end of World War II. Director TOM LITTLER (Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre, West End) returns to GSC following his huge successes with Much Ado, Twelfth Night and The Wind in the Willows.
Booking opens 1 May.
Dates & Times
Racks Close, Quarry Street, Guildford, GU1 3XZ
14 – 30 June (excl. Sundays)
Evenings 7.30pm | Sat Mats 2.30pm
Press Night Monday 18 June
LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST
University of Law, Portsmouth Road, GU3 1HA
13 – 28 July (excl. Sundays)
Evenings 7.30pm; Sat Mats 2.30pm (14, 21, 28 July)
(over 60, students, Equity, Jobseekers, Reg Disabled)
Children £16.50 (under 16)
Family tickets £80 (2 children, 2 full)
Robin Hood Preview 14 June £18 (£16.50 children)
GSC Box Office 01483 304384