Tales from Hans Christian Andersen
7 tales, 4 actors, 1 life-affirming journey...
This Autumn the award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company invite you to join them on a musical journey of discovery full of light and laughter, and some of the best-loved tales of all time.
A young girl, her worldly belongings in a small rucksack, takes refuge in a draughty church... in her hands she cradles her only friend. Into this solitary world comes a warm-hearted gentleman. Together, and with the help of a box of matches, they ignite their imaginations and take us on a musical journey of discovery full of light and laughter.
For almost 200 years, the tales of Hans Christian Andersen have become some of the most-treasured stories we have all grown up with: The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, The Tinderbox, The Steadfast Tin Soldier... the list is endless, and their delight continues.
This autumn GSC are bringing seven of them to life in a brand-new stage adaptation with original music and lyrics, staged in the Victorian St Nicolas' Church, in central Guildford.
Inspired by the story of The Little Match-Girl and set in the present day, GSC Associate Playwright ANT STONES (Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Alice in Wonderland), weaves together four other favourite tales (The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina) with two rarer stories of The Darning Needle and The Puppet Showman.
Long-time GSC collaborators Director CHARLOTTE CONQUEST (RNT, RSC) and Designer NEIL IRISH (Opera Holland Park, Derby Theatres), have given each tale a distinctive flavour of their own, from Gilbert & Sullivan operetta to medieval romance. Complementing them is a completely original score and lyrics commissioned from TOM JACK MERIVALE (Salisbury Playhouse, Creation).
Join us for an enchanting experience as we bring these classic fantasy stories colourfully to life for all ages.
Concessions £23.50 (over 65, students, Equity, Jobseekers, Reg Disabled)
Children £16.50 (under 16)
Family tickets £78 (2 children, 2 full)
Schools £15 pupils (1 teacher free for every 10)
Previews 16 October £18.50 (£16.50 children)
Evenings Mon-Wed 6.30pm, Thu-Sat 7.30pm
Saturday matinees 2.30pm
Mid-week matinees 27, 28 Oct, 3 Nov 2.30pm
Relaxed Performance Sat 30 Oct, 2.30pm
Audio Description Sat 06 Nov, 2.30pm
St Nicholas Church
Guildford Surrey GU2 4AW
Sat 16 Oct 2021 to Sat 6 Nov 2021