Robin Hood promises to be an unforgettable immersive adventure for all the family, and is staged in 14-30 June 2018: The award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) have added nine of their drama students to the professional cast of their latest production Robin Hood.

The Young Company was created in 2016 to allow aspiring young actors to follow in the footsteps of the GSC professionals. Each year, the company devise a brand-new play, drawing inspiration from GSC’s previous season. In April this year, they performed the premiere of Midsummer in Romona, as part of GSC’s Birthday Bash. The plays, written by GSC’s Head of Education and Associate Playwright, Ant Stones (Robin Hood, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Alice in Wonderland) sees each member of the company receive a GSC mentor from the professional company.

When I was first asked to write Robin Hood, I immediately thought about having the Young Company involved,” explains Ant Stones. “Working with them over the last few years has been such a joy and the reactions to their public performances have been fantastic. The progress they’ve made as actors has been quite remarkable and casting them in Robin Hood felt like the perfect way to celebrate their talent and further develop their skills.”

GSC’s Education Department engages with over 4,000 people annually, young and old, across Surrey and the South East. Club members have performed in past professional productions (Alice in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale) but Robin Hood marks the first time that parts have been written specifically for them.

The Young Company actors join the cast every Thursday for rehearsals, but we’re going to keep the details of their roles a secret, as they hold a very special place in our story,” continues Ant Stones, “their arrival on stage marks an important emotional moment, which raises the stakes for outlaws, as they Guildford’s best-kept secret, Racks Close, a former chalk quarry, now beautifully overgrown into an idyllic natural amphitheatre.

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