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The Electric Theatre

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Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
01483 501200 https://electric.theatre

The Electric Theatre is a vibrant multi-purpose venue featuring community and professional work in the heart of Guildford.

In 1913 handsome new Electricity Works were opened on Onslow Street to provide power for Guildford town centre. As demand for electricity grew, the works became too small and a bigger station was built.

The Electricity Works were retained  as a distribution centre and all the town centre mains radiated from this point. Unfortunately after 1968 the building lay dormant (used only as a scenery store for the various theatre groups based in the area) and it was not until twenty years later that the building’s potential as a theatre was recognised.

Prior to the existence of the Electric Theatre, local amateur theatre groups in Guildford had the use of what was an ex-Territorial Army garage in Leapale Lane. It was a 150 seater theatre, and at the time it came into use in the 1970s, was considered a state of the art theatre, even being featured on the popular BBC science programme Tomorrow’s World. But three years after it opened, the building was demolished to make way for a new road.

The design project was undertaken by Council architects. The 1913 Electricity Works building houses the theatre space itself, with extensions housing the foyer, bar, restaurant, dressing rooms, Farley room and toilet facilities.

February 2020

Surrey Mozart Players with Laura van der Heijden

February 1 @ 19:30 - 21:30
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£19

Join the Surrey Mozart Players & 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year, Laura van der Heijden, playing Haydn’s Cello Concerto, at The Electric Theatre on 1st Feb.

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Alice Leggett Quartet

February 4 @ 19:30 - 22:00
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£16

She will be playing a combination of original compositions, and arrangements of well-known jazz standards, combining a fresh new approach with a fondness for tradition.

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March 2020

Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush

March 8 @ 19:30
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£22

At the Electric Theatre on Sunday 8th March 2020 @ 7.30pm.  Cloudbusting have been championed by BBC ONE as one of the most authentic tributes in the world. Their passion for Kate’s music has won over sceptical fans everywhere, challenging perceptions of what a tribute band can be and resulting in sell-out performances across the UK. ‘There can only be one Kate Bush’ says vocalist Mandy Watson, who never attempts to mimic Kate on stage. ‘When you sing her music…

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Guildford Jazzfest 20

March 20 - March 22
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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Guildford JazzFest will run from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March at the Electric Theatre in Guildford. The Festival will feature leading UK jazz artists including Iain Ballamy, Dennis Rollins , Nicolas Meier, Alan Barnes, Dave Newton, Mark Nightingale, Steve Waterman, Gareth Williams. It will include a wide spectrum of jazz, funk and Latin grooves alongside free and community events including a concert celebrating Surrey Young Jazz Musicians of the Year and a jazz vocal workshop and performance

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