The Guildford School of Acting summer season of productions is split into two. All of the events can be booked for free at: www.gsauk.org/events
• Who Cares by Michael Wynne – 12-13 May: A timely piece of documentary theatre, created using comments and accounts by health practitioners, patients, whistle-blowers, politicians and policy makers, Who Cares looks at the inner workings of the NHS and considers the past, present and possible future of this institution.
• The Secret Garden – 18-19 May: An enchanting classic of children’s literature reimagined in brilliant musical style to tell this compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. A delight for all the family. Music and Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon, Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
• The Wild Party – 19-20 May: A jazz and gin-soaked party in 1920s Manhattan sets the scene for this musical fable about debauchery and decadence, populated by a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone. Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, Book by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe, Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March.
• Better Than Death by Nick Revell – 1-2 June: A new play by comedian Nick Revell who returns to Guildford School of Acting with this bawdy re telling of Grimm’s The Musicians of Bremen. Laughter couples with hope in this fun new work.
• Extraordinary Women – 2-3 June: A new musical based on the novel by Compton Mackenzie. The Mediterranean, early 1920s: glamorous Rosalba escapes Spanish ‘flu, wreaking havoc with her female admirers on the island of Sirene. Music by Sarah Travis, Book and Lyrics by Richard Stirling.