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February 2019

Measure for Measure

February 4 - February 23
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, 5 Trinity Churchyard
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3RR United Kingdom

"The tempter, or the tempted, who sins most?" The Duke hands power to his deputy to reimpose laws that have grown too lax. A young man is sentenced to death for getting his sweetheart pregnant out of wed-lock. His sister, a novice nun, pleads to the deputy for her brother's life. When he demands sex in return for her brother’s freedom, she threatens to expose him…but who will believe her if she does? In a world where women are still…

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March 2019

GSC Stages: Approaching Shakespeare with Richard Neale

March 2 @ 10:00 am - March 3 @ 5:00 pm
Guildford Shakespeare Company HQ, 14/15 Midleton Road
Guildford, GU2 8XW United Kingdom
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Acting Masterclass: over one weekend at GSC HQ, you will work with Richard Neale, director of GSC’s Robin Hood and acting teacher at GSA. Under Richard's expert guidance, you will unlock Shakespeare’s verse and prose, demystify the complex language and discover clues in the text. This acting masterclass uses rehearsal room techniques and physical exploration to take you on the journey from page to stage. Topics over the weekend include: "Cus like you mean it"; Shakespeare’s Insults. "Rhythm and truth"; Practical use of…

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William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

March 13 @ 10:00 am - March 20 @ 1:00 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' tells the story surrounding Theseus and Hippolita’s nuptials. Disturbing fairies, power struggles and jealousy with a bit of slapstick thrown in. Three parallel plots are brought together. We will read the play together in a supportive atmosphere, as Shakespeare was written to be heard. This will open up opportunities for discussion and sharing ideas. Please bring a copy of the text with you. 13 & 20 March · 10am–1pm (2 Wednesdays)

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April 2019

Keats’ Great Year of 1819: A Study of Keats’ Odes

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Guildford Institute, Ward Street
Guildford, GU1 4LH United Kingdom
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In April 1819 John Keats became a full-time poet. In this year, in a flurry of creativity, he writes most of his major odes and proposes marriage of Fanny Brawne. We will study several of the odes Keats wrote in 1819 and try to understand the context in which they are written. The class will be lecture and discussion based. Ideally you should have read the following poems (copies will be provided): Ode to Psyche, Ode on a Grecian Urn,…

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