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Published on: 6 Apr, 2020
Updated on: 6 Apr, 2020

GSC’s Merry Wives of Windsor

By Alice Fowler

To help leaven lockdown boredom, and keep memories of happier times alive, the Guildford Shakespeare Company is offering a wealth of curated content to be enjoyed at home.

All is free to access via online platforms including YouTube, Twitter and the GSC’s own website, Content will be provided by the GSC core team and other GSC artists who have generously donated their time and talent.

On Mondays and Fridays, familiar faces from the GSC’s most recent and best-loved shows will share some of their favourite aspects of Shakespeare’s work, from speeches to sonnets, songs to sketches. Go to the GSC YouTube page to watch the latest. #TheseOurActors

On Tuesdays at 3pm there’s a chance to meet core members of the GSC team in a short pre-recorded video. They will explain a little about their role and their journey with GSC to reveal makes the theatre company tick. These will be posted on the GSC Blog

At 7.45pm every Wednesday, GSC Co-Founder Matt Pinches will host a live 20 minute YouTube session. Based on his sell-out talk from 2014 about the early years of Shakespeare’s life, each episode will explore a different theme in young Will’s life and how these may have influenced his work. There’ll be a live chat feature for questions too. Watch Episode 1 now

On Thursdays, it’s #GSC’sRudeMechanicals – not Bottom and co from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but the real magicians behind the company’s shows. Each week, at 4pm, a Podcast interview will be released with one of the creative team. This is a rare opportunity to find out how directors prepare, where designers start, what goes into directing a fight, how vocal coaching works and more besides. Discover what actually happens to bring a GSC show to life.

Meanwhile classes will continue, now being held online. For more details about these and the new playwriting course visit the GSC’s Education homepage.

While the GSC’s much loved Sonnet Walk will not take place this month, the team hopes their online content will help keep minds engaged and spirits up. See the GSC website for full details.

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