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Magical Summer Continues With Roving 50th Show

24th June 2022


Guildford Shakespeare Company continue their magical open-air theatre season with a promenade production of THE TEMPEST, staged across varying locations in Guildford’s biggest green space, Stoke Park.

On a remote island a mother and daughter watch as a ship is wrecked on the shore; but this is no accident, and this is no ordinary island. As the survivors come to discover, magic does exist and those we think are lost forever are really just waiting to be found. There are shipwrecks, sorcerers, and surprises galore in Shakespeare’s final play, THE TEMPEST, and GSC promise an enchanting island adventure brim-full with magic and mystery.

Following A Midsummer Night’s Dream in June, the professional theatre company will relocate to Guildford’s largest and most popular award-winning green space, Stoke Park, for spectacular promenade production. The show will begin and end at the theatre company’s building on the edge of the park, the Astolat Pavilion, which will be transformed into a giant wrecked ship. Once the story is underway, audiences will then be split into groups as they follow the characters to five other locations across the park on their journey of discovery and redemption.

“Having Stoke Park as our world to play and promenade through is such a gift”, explains director CAROLINE DEVLIN, who created last year’s “joyous gem” of As You Like It and the award-winning online Henry V. “Using the boating lake island, stone circle and rose garden, as well as GSC’s new HQ, makes for a striking island experience; the park IS the island. Prospero brings with her, her own brand of magic, which is alien to this world. A magic of circus, mysticism and illusion.”

THE TEMPEST will be GSC’s 50th production since their inception in 2006, and the 6th since restrictions were lifted last summer following the pandemic:

“We really can’t believe that we’ve staged 50 productions for Guildford”, MATT PINCHES (GSC Co-Founder), “it only seems like yesterday when Sarah and I were musing over the prospect of staging our first one in 2006. We’ve come an incredibly long way since then; had the privilege of working with some truly inspirational people and made some fabulous friends along the way. For GSC to still be making theatre for and in our local community, ensuring our outreach and education work continues to engage and inspire is something we are very proud of. We really want to help make this summer a magical
one for our audiences and their guests, and The Tempest promises to do just that.”

GSC is committed to helping as many people as possible access great theatre experiences in their community. Both Saturday matinees of The Tempest have been designated as Accessible performances, whereby the whole performance will remain static (no promenade). GSC’s award-winning Audio Description service will be available at the 30 July matinee. To encourage younger audiences (16-25 yrs) and enable those on Universal Credit to share in the experience, the company are also continuing their 10@£10 ticket offer, whereby 10 tickets are available at every Monday and Tuesday performance
for just £10 each.


Full £27.50
Concessions £24.50 (over 65, students, Equity, Jobseekers, Reg Disabled)
Children £16.50 (under 16)
Family tickets £80 (2 children, 2 full)
Schools £15 pupils (1 teacher free for every 10)
Previews 15 July £18.50 (£16.50 children)
10 @ £10 tickets: 10 reduced price tickets are available Mondays & Tuesdays for 16-25 yr olds/Universal Credit.

15 – 30 July
Astolat Pavilion, Lido Road, Stoke Park, GU1 1FH
Evenings 7.30pm
Saturday matinees (23, 30 July) 2.30pm – all accessible performances, no promenade

Audio Described performance Sat 30 July, 2.30

Matt Pinches
07971 234141