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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.

November 2019

Stuart Henderson “100 Years of the Jazz Trumpet”

November 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£16

A hundred year journey through the lives and music of the great jazz trumpet players including Louis Armstrong, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis and more….
Featuring trumpeter Stuart Henderson, formerly principal trumpet of The Scots Guards Band in Her Majesty’s Household Division and now playing on the UK jazz scene with many of the countries finest jazz musicians.

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Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward

November 27 @ 7:45 pm - November 30 @ 7:45 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward at The Electric Theatre, Guildford 27-30 Nov 7:45pm plus Sat matinee. Tickets 01483 501200 or www.electric.theatre By arrangement with Samuel French Ltd

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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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£15

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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Surrey Mozart Players Concert

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

Please join us for Surrey Mozart Players’ concert of popular classics, Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Rodrigo Guitar Concerto & Schubert Symphony No.3

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Art Themen

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

A fantastically exciting, playful and inventive saxophonist, Art Themen has been a beloved character of the British jazz scene for over 50 years, in the bands of Alexis Korner and Stan Tracey among many others, and remains as brilliant and inimitable as ever.

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Hundred Watt Club – A festive evening of burlesque & vaudeville

December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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£18

Have you been naughty or nice this year? Hundred Watt Club's gift to you is this hot toddy of a show, jam packed full of festive burlesque, vaudeville, circus and drag acts!

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The Wind in the Willows

December 19 - December 21
The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ United Kingdom
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This Christmas, The Man In The Moon is delighted to bring a magical new version of The Wind In The Willows to The Electric Theatre, featuring a young cast filled with local talent aged 5 to 16.

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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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£20

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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