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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.

September 2019

Jimmy Hastings

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£16

Jimmy Hastings is a long standing member of the British jazz scene. He was famously part of the Humphrey Lyttleton Band and the John Dankworth Generation Band and over the years he has worked with a host onf internatianal stars, including Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Sammy Davis Jnr, Tonny Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Nelson Riddle and many others.

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Keith James: The Songs of Nick Drake

September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£16

At the Electric Theatre on Wednesday 25th September @ 7.30pm. The Songs of Nick Drake: A haunting and immaculately crafted concert This concert begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake. Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn and Bert Jansch. Also featured are poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style. Nick Drake is the most revered…

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Hollie Beadell: Jukebox Nights Tour

September 26 @ 7:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£10.50

At the Electric Theatre on Thursday 26th September on 7.30pm.  An upbeat mixture of soul and funk this performance is the third stop on Hollie Beadell's second album launch tour entitled 'Jukebox Nights'. Influenced by Plan B's soulful albums, this event promises to be an uplifting and energetic event bound to get you dancing. Please note that this performance will feature stroboscopic lighting and is not suitable for anyone below the age of 15.

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Surrey Mozart Players, The Electric Theatre, Guildford

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£19

Join the Surrey Mozart Players on 28th September at 7:30pm in The Electric Theatre, Guildford, featuring Alexei Watkins performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.3

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The Liane Carroll Trio

September 29 @ 7:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£20

At the Electic Theatre on 29th September 2019 @ 7.30pm. Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years. Born in London and raised in Hastings; from the beginning of her musical career at the age of fifteen, she has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song. Along the way she…

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October 2019

DAN JONES – Crusaders: An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands

October 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£15

Historian and bestselling author, Dan Jones, takes a fresh look at the Crusades. Who was behind them? Who took part? Why have they left such an enduring imprint on relations between the Muslim world and the West?

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JOHN CRAVEN in conversation with Lesley McCabe

October 8 @ 6:30 am - 7:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£15

Countryfile and Newsround presenter, John Craven, looks back at his 30 years+ broadcasting career, and the people, family and animals that have shaped his life. John will be in convresation with BBC Radio Surrey's Lesley McCabe.

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LUKE JENNINGS in conversation with Stephanie Merritt

October 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£15

Luke Jennings talks about the books that form the basis of the successful BBC series, Killing Eve, including his latest novel, No Tomorrow, that continues the electrifying duel between MI5's Eve Pollard and the glamorous assassin, Villanellle.

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JAMES HOLLAND: Normandy ’44 – D-Day and the Battle for France

October 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£15

In the 75th anniversary year of the D-Day landings, historian James Holland presents a new perspective on the campaign, challenging much of what we think we know about the landings and the 76 days of fighting in Normandy that followed.

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KATY BRAND in conversation with Jane Wenham-Jones

October 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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Comedian and actor, Katy Brand, takes a hilarious look at her life-long obsession with the 1980s classic film, Dirty Dancing, and its impact on her life, which forms the basis for her book, I Carried a Watermelon, part memoir, part homage to the film. the talk is followed by a showing of the film (optional).

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PAM AYRES – Up in the Attic

October 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£15

The nation's favourite poet returns to Guildford with a brand new collection of verse. From complaints about trendy restaurant tableware and the hell of long-haul flying, her poems are full of warmth and humour.

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Gutted: An Irish Black Comedy

October 21 @ 8:00 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£15

At the Electric Theate on Monday 21st October @ 8pm. GUTTED a black comedy explores the lives of three strong women who work in a fish factory in 1980’s Dublin. Told through comic monologue, raw powerful language, movement and dance, the women give us a snapshot of the characters and challenges in their lives at the time. In light of Ireland’s recent referendum on abortion, these issues remain as relevant today as they did over 30 years ago. “An exhilarating…

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THE GABRIELLE DUCOMBLE QUINTET

October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£16

Acclaimed jazz singer Gabrielle Ducomble brings her inimitable blend of French chanson, tango and bossa to the Jazz Café for an evening of unforgettable music-making. This new show features original songs from her latest album, Across the Bridge, interspersed with her own unique takes on classic chansons by Piaf, Legrand, Brel and Piazzolla.

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Judith Owen: Ego Non Karaoke “I don’t do karaoke”

October 23 @ 7:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£20

At the Electric Theatre on Wednesday 23rd October @ 7.30pm Ego Non Karaoke “I don’t do karaoke” Judith Owen singer-songwriter and pianist is currently riding the wave of a tremendous couple of years – recently capped off with ‘redisCOVERed” with two consecutive albums making “The Top 100 Album” The Times Culture (UK) – 2018 and 2016 “Somebody’s Child” and 5 Star live reviews from a recent sold out Ronnie Scott’s London show. ★★★★★ The Times (UK) “The singer-pianist shuffled the…

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The Clare Teal Duo

October 26 @ 7:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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At the Electric Theatre on Saturday 26th October @ 7.30pm. Clare Teal Duo - New Tour for 2019 As much as she loves fronting her Trio or Big Mini Band or singing with orchestras around the world, award winning singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal still revels in performing in more intimate venues accompanied by just piano. From swing to sublime ballads, Clare’s Duo Concerts are renowned for their fabulous musicality coupled with Clare’s warm and witty storytelling…

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November 2019

Mari Wilson & The New Wilsations

November 1 @ 7:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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At the Electric Theatre on Friday 1st November @ 7.30pm Following Mari’s Sold Out extravaganza last summer in London, she now brings her new energy packed show to the Guildford’s Electric Theatre. Featuring her fantastic 8 piece band, The New Wilsations, including a terrific horn section, expect Mari’s 80’s hits and a selection of songs from the latest album Pop Deluxe, and of course, a few surprises. Dress Up, Dandify and Drape yourself in glamour for a very special night…

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Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel and Me

November 7 @ 7:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£15

At the Electric Theatte on Thursday 7th November 2019@ 7.30pm Barb Jungr’s reputation as “one of the world's great cabaret singers” (Time Out New York) may have gone to her head, as she will now only sing songs by writers whose names start with the letter B. But this means she can return to two colossi of popular song, whose writing has helped define her whole career. A good plan, because she is "one of the best interpreters of Jacques…

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Verdi’s Nabucco

November 13 - November 16
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£23

Verdi's opera, Nabucco, was his first major success and the 'Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves' has become one of the most memorable opera choruses. Guildford Opera's production is fully staged, sung in English and accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

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December 2019

Bring Back the 80’s with James Alderson

December 5 @ 8:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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At the Electric Theatre on Thursday 5th December 2019 @ 8.30pm  Join award winning comedian James Alderson, as he takes a hilarious trip down memory lane, in a double A~ sided show, before he gets much older and forgets what actually happened in the 80s! Whether you get to the show on roller blades, in your Sinclair C5 or your Cortina, just get there! Bring your leg warmers, your shoulder pads and back comb that hair ~ it’s a show…

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Claire Martin & Liane Carroll’s Cool Yule

December 23 @ 7:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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At the Electric Theatre on Monday 23rd December @ 7.30pm. Join jazz superstars Claire Martin and Liane Carroll on Christmas Eve Eve, as they frolic their way through some festive favourites. Claire Martin, OBE  Linn recording artist Claire Martin has to worldwide critical acclaim established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene gaining many awards, including winning the British Jazz Awards eight times during her career which spans over three decades. In 2018 she was the…

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March 2020

Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush

08/03/2020 @ 7:30 pm
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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