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Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

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Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
01483 44 00 00 www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre opened its doors in 1965 as a proud memorial to the much loved French actress who had made her home in Effingham Common, and whose warmth, humour and talent gave her an unrivalled position on the English stage for nearly fifty years.

“How wonderful that Guildford’s special Theatre is celebrating its fiftieth Birthday!  The Yvonne Arnaud was built by local enthusiastic theatregoers and has served its community brilliantly for half a Century. 

“The fact that it is alive and flourishing is a real testament to the determination of its audience, local businesses, those who support it through donations, however large or small, those who work there and, of course, Guildford Borough Council, who have invested so much in it over the years and continue to do so.  The Council should be proud of its support, as should everyone involved.  

Happy Birthday to Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre!”  

Dame Judi Dench DBE

 

“Guildford without its Yvonne Arnaud Theatre would be unthinkable.  It has bought so much pleasure to hundreds of thousands of people over the years and its terrific Youth Theatre is a wonderful asset, not only for the young people of the town but from all around.  Here’s to the next fifty years!”

Dame Penelope Keith DBE

December 2018

Cinderella at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

07/12/2018 - 06/01/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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This Christmas you shall go to the ball!  Recording artist, actress, songwriter and author Michelle Gayle will bring Sweetness to Surrey, starring as the Fairy Godmother in the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre’s magical family pantomime, Cinderella (Friday 7 December – Sunday 6 January).  Alongside Michelle, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Peter Gordon, Jamie Brook, Nick Barclay, Cameron Burt – and some adorable real ponies – are ready to join you on this enchanting fairy tale adventure.  Sponsored by the Surrey Advertiser. Ticket Info: Variable,…

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January 2019

Songs from the Shows – Musical highlights from stage and screen

11/01/2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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£22 – £25

The South's outstanding professional orchestra, Southern Pro Musica, will be returning to Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Friday 11th January 2019 for its annual celebration of the New Year.  SPM will be joined by the renowned GSA Singers from Guildford School of Acting for an evening of musical highlights from stage and screen. With favourites from the great musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe, together with some of the greatest film scores ever, this will be a…

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A Victorian Celebration

18/01/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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James Bolam and Sue Jameson bring you A Victorian Celebration (Friday 18 January), celebrating the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth on May 23rd 2019.  It was a time of hope and immense optimism, bringing forth a great flowering of genius in the arts and sciences; a time of exploration and discovery.  Visit the raucous humour of the music hall and, in complete contrast, join an elegant gathering of genteel middle-class society at one of the musical evenings that was…

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Champions of Rock – The Supreme Queen Concert Show

19/01/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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The ultimate celebration of one the biggest bands to have ever graced the stage Champions of Rock – The Supreme Queen Concert Show (Saturday 19 January) recreates the magic, fun and showmanship of the band’s touring days, as Queen played to millions of people every year.  The concert will take you on a journey through the decades, with all 25 number one hits and fan favourites, performed live with an electrifying band.  

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Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt

24/01/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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The secret diaries of a Junior Doctor, Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt (Thursday 24 January) sees award-winning comedian Adam Kay share entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in an evening of stand-up and music.  His accompanying book, This is Going to Hurt, is a Sunday Times bestseller and winner of three National Book Awards: New Writer Of The Year, Popular Nonfiction Book Of The Year and the Book Club Book Of The Year.

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The Rocket Man – A Tribute to Sir Elton John

26/01/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Charting the rise to fame of one of the biggest selling artists of all time,  (Saturday 26 January) combines breath-taking vocal and piano performances, flamboyant costumes and a dazzling light show – all accompanied by an outstanding band and backing vocals.  Travel back in time and be treated to all the hits such as Crocodile Rock, Philadelphia Freedom, I’m Still Standing, Tiny Dancer, Your Song and, of course, Rocket Man.

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The Mousetrap

29/01/2019 - 02/02/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Gwyneth Strong stars in (Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 2 February).  Discover why Agatha Christie’s thrilling tale has kept people guessing for so long, becoming the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre.  Experience shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.

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February 2019

Sherlock Holmes – The Sign of Four

05/02/2019 - 09/03/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Crammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and of course one or two rather brilliant deductions,  (Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 February) is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic second Sherlock Holmes tale.  This breath-taking yarn is brought to life in a spectacular new stage adaptation featuring original live music, stylish theatricality and magical story telling for an unforgettable theatrical experience.  The game’s afoot!

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The Lady Vanishes

11/02/2019 - 16/02/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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A new adaptation of the much-loved film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield star in The Lady Vanishes (Monday 11 – Saturday 16 February).  This quick-witted, devilishly fun thriller presents socialite Iris who is travelling home to England on the train when an accident introduces her to the mild-mannered Miss Foy, who suddenly disappears…

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Art

18/02/2019 - 23/02/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson star in  (Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February).  One of the most successful plays ever, Art is a phenomenon.  Having opened in 1996, the show took both the West End and Broadway by storm, winning every major theatre award including the Olivier, Tony and Molière.  Yasmina Reza’s dazzling study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance has been packing in audiences worldwide for more than twenty years.

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A Song At Twilight

25/02/2019 - 02/03/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Simon Callow and Jane Asher star in Noël Coward’s A Song At Twilight (Monday 25 February – Saturday 2 March).  Bittersweet, hugely entertaining and full of sharp wit and repartee, this sparkling drama is about harbouring secrets and regretting missed opportunities. Noël Coward himself made his farewell stage appearance playing the semi-autobiographical role of Sir Hugo in the West End production of the play in 1966.

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March 2019

The Cat In The Hat

07/03/2019 - 09/03/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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When the cat in the hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem!  The cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way?  Based on the much-loved book by Dr Seuss, The Cat In The Hat (Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 March) features feline frivolity and riotous rhymes suitable for ages 4 years plus. (Thursday 7 – Saturday…

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Rough Crossing

11/03/2019 - 16/03/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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A high class comedy on the high seas, Stoppard’s most hilarious and brilliant play Rough Crossing (Monday 11 – Saturday 16 March) comes to Guildford.  The sharp Atlantic winds turn to world-class gales of laughter as these colourful characters become tangled up in a typically Stoppardian string of absurd events.

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Shrek the Musical

23/03/2019 - 30/03/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Guildford School of Acting students present Shrek the Musical (Saturday 23 – Saturday 30 March).  A treasure trove of irreverent fun for the whole family, this fairy tale adventure brings all the beloved characters from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears: beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.  

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Live at the Arnaud

31/03/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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A spectacular Sunday evening of comedy, music, magic, cabaret and musical theatre, Guildford Fringe presents Live at the Arnaud (Sunday 31 March) for The Mayor of Guildford’s chosen charitable causes:  The Guildford Young Carers Fund, Headway Surrey and The Mayor of Guildford’s Local Distress Fund.  All profits will go directly to these wonderful causes.

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April 2019

The Life I Lead

02/04/2019 - 03/04/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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One of Britain’s leading stand-up comedians and revered actors, Miles Jupp presents David Tomlinson’s remarkable story in  (Tuesday 2 – Wednesday 3 April).  Best remembered for his role as Mr Banks in Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins, David Tomlinson was renowned for playing the classic English gent – forthright and proper – and a loveable fool.  His meeting with Walt Disney came to encapsulate his incredible life full of adventure and heartbreak.

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Hancock’s Half Hour

04/04/2019 - 06/04/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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James Hurn and Colin Elmer bring you Hancock’s Half Hour (Thursday 4 – Saturday 6 April), the classic radio comedy live on stage.  In 1954, Tony Hancock burst onto the airwaves of the BBC Light Programme with a comedy show unlike anything the British public had heard before, becoming one of the first programmes in the genre we now know as sitcom.  So come and take a trip to 23 Railway Cuttings, East Cheam to join ‘the lad himself’ and…

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The Remains of the Day

09/04/2019 - 13/04/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Nobel Prize-winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Remains of the Day (Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 April) is now transformed into an exquisite stage play by one of Britain's most exciting writers, Barney Norris.  This powerful story, which became a beloved Merchant Ivory film, is for anyone who has ever been afraid to follow their heart.

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My Mother Said I Never Should

16/04/2019 - 20/04/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Focusing on four generations of one family as they confront the most significant moments of their lives, Charlotte Keatley’s My Mother Said I Never Should (Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 April) is a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom.  The play details the lives of four women through the immense social changes of the twentieth century.

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Octopus Soup!

30/04/2019 - 04/05/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Nick Hancock, Paul Bradley, Gillian Bevan, Carolyn Backhouse and Eric Richard star in the world premiere of a brand new British farce, (Tuesday 30 April – Saturday 4 May).  This razor-sharp new comedy introduces you to Seymour.  He’s in last chance saloon, and everything rests on this one important conference call.  What could possibly go wrong?  

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May 2019

Equus

07/05/2019 - 11/05/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s gripping psychological thriller Equus (Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 May) explores the complex relationships between devotion, myth and sexuality.  When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act.

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To Kill A Mockingbird

13/05/2019 - 18/05/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Experience the critically acclaimed, utterly enchanting production of one of the greatest novels of the 20th century as To Kill A Mockingbird (Monday 13 – Saturday 18 May) comes to Guildford.  Set in the Deep South, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel sees racial injustice divide a small-town community.  With integrity and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth and his courageous daughter Scout brings hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil.

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July 2019

The Girl on the Train

08/07/2019 - 13/07/2019
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
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Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth star in the gripping new play The Girl on the Train (Monday 8 – Saturday 13 July), adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide.  Rachel Watson longs for a different life.  Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love.  Or so it appears.

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