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27 – 31 AUGUST 2020- 27th Performances Sold Out!!

Racks Close ~ Castle Cliffe Gardens ~ Guildford Castle Bandstand (see here for map)

We’re thrilled to announce that across the August Bank Holiday Weekend we’ll be returning to the open air with a brand-new theatre production!

THY ETERNAL SUMMER will be a celebration of Shakespeare, community and the joy of sharing a live theatre experience once again.

The show, whose title comes from Sonnet 18 (go on, look it up), will feature some of Shakespeare’s best-loved scenes and sonnets from plays including amongst others HamletA Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. The cast of 11 actors will feature many faces familiar to GSC’s regular audiences, news of which will be released very soon!

For the last few weeks we’ve been working with Guildford Borough Council on the project who have given us special permission for the event to go ahead as a pilot event.

Using the principles of our popular Sonnet Walk Weekend, audience groups of no more than 25 will follow a prescribed route between three performance sites: Racks Close to Castle Cliffe, and on to the Bandstand in the Castle Gardens. Performances are staggered to start every 30 minutes, last 75 minutes each and social distancing will be in force throughout. The route between the three performance sites will ensure audiences do not cross over. Seating will be provided at the three sites.

Matt Pinches, Co-Founder: “We’ve all been living through an extreme period of unprecedented restrictions on our everyday lives, but we hope that the shared experience of attending a live event will be another step in helping our community continue to return to some form of normal.”

How are we ensuring your safety?

Our audiences and artists are at the centre of everything we do, so using UK Government and Public Health England guidelines, we’ve created extensive protocols to ensure public and staff safety. The full range of the protocols can be read here, but here’s a quick summary:

  • Reduced audience numbers
  • Clear signage and one-way system
  • Seating placed 2m apart in the open-air
  • Face coverings for our Box Office and Steward Team
  • Hand sanitiser stations and protective equipment for staff
  • Regular and thorough cleaning
  • Contactless payments
  • No onsite bar facilities

For tickets please go to: https://www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk/tickets/


We are supporting the NHS Test & Trace programme. The UK Government has asked organisations to do this in order to keep our communities safe. This means that if you attend our live performances we’ll collect your data and some information about you, so that we can help the NHS Test & Trace service in preventing the spread of COVID-19. How does NHS Test & Trace work, and how is GSC handling my data?



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