Join us for a classic Yvonne Arnaud take on the original rags to riches tale. It will be the Godmother of all pantos, full of slapstick and slosh, music and magic.Our sparkling, award-winning pantomimes are made by us, here at the Yvonne Arnaud. Written, directed, designed and staged by our team, you can be sure of a thoroughly original production for all the family every time
We're delighted to welcome our patron and iconic Olivier and BAFTA Award winning actor, Dame Penelope Keith, to the Yvonne Arnaud stage for a special fundraising event in aid of our Play Your Part campaign.Dame Penelope is particularly well-known for popular television series including The Good Life and To The Manor Born. Recent theatre credits have included The Importance of Being Earnest (West End and tour) and The Chalk Garden (Chichester Festival Theatre). Since 2014, she has presented three series of Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages for Channel 4.Mel Giedroyc is a TV presenter, writer and actress. She is known for her work alongside Sue Perkins in shows such as the multi Bafta-winning Great British Bake Off (BBC) and Light Lunch (Channel 4), which made them household names. Mel has appeared in sitcoms and panel showsProceeds from the event will support our Play Your Part campaign to transform the theatre.
VIP TicketsJoin us at 6.15pm for pre-show canapes and a glass of bubbles. Then have exclusive access to our post-show reception at which Dame Penelope Keith and Mel Giedroyc will make an appearance.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
WITH JAMES B PARTRIDGE8 DEC 2023 - 9 DEC 2023Crack out the Christmas Jingles! Join James B Partridge (Primary School Assembly Bangers LIVE) for an evening of pure nostalgia, stepping back in time for some joyous singalong tunes from Christmases past.You won’t have to sit cross legged by the tree waiting for Santa, but you will be encouraged to sing along! Full of festive musical surprises, throwback mashups and reflections on growing up at Christmas time.
Joe has always been a nerd.In his teens, he hid it. In his twenties, he owned it. Now in his thirties, Joe is still obsessed with Star Wars, Nintendo and The Muppet Christmas Carol. But he’s started to sense something: a great disturbance in the fandom… Alone, sorting through his old things, Joe finds an old video tape, in an old VCR, long forgotten. He presses play – and something amazing starts to happen…Fanboy is a love-hate letter to pop culture and nostalgia. Award-winning writer-performer Joe Sellman-Leava (Fringe First, Labels) explores our relationship to our past and future selves, and asks why his generation is so obsessed with its childhood.WINNER: Best Director, Darkchat Edinburgh Awards 2022SHORTLISTED: Holden Street Theatre Awards 2022
Ages 12+Content warning: strong language, brief mention of suicide ideation
Joe has always been a nerd.In his teens, he hid it. In his twenties, he owned it. Now in his thirties, Joe is still obsessed with Star Wars, Nintendo and The Muppet Christmas Carol. But he’s started to sense something: a great disturbance in the fandom… Alone, sorting through his old things, Joe finds an old video tape, in an old VCR, long forgotten. He presses play – and something amazing starts to happen…Complex and very moving
Ages 12+Content warning: strong language, brief mention of suicide ideation
THE FESTIVE TOUR, Book Now: www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/whats-on/janice-burns-jon-doran Janice Burns & Jon Doran are an award-winning Anglo-Scottish duo who came together after discovering a shared love of traditional music. Their songs tell vivid stories about the nature of life and our place in the world.Janice & Jon’s ‘clever and uncluttered musical storytelling’ (Songlines) comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and sensitive interplay between mandolin, bouzouki and guitar. Their arrangements have a spellbinding presence and an understated energy that transports songs from the pages of books and manuscripts into the imagination of the listener.Following the success of their self-titled EP in 2020, Janice & Jon released their debut album, No More the Green Hills, in Autumn 2022. The album had overwhelmingly positive feedback, finding its place in the Official UK Folk Albums Chart, as well as gaining airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland.
Venue: Mill StudioRunning Time: Approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.
Get your glow-sticks ready and break out the neon as this vibrant five-piece swagger through the best moments from the biggest bands of the era, including Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Tears For Fears, Wham, A-Ha, Spandau Ballet, and of course Duran Duran!
Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast of Devon. When a storm cuts them off from the mainland, the true reason for their presence on the island becomes horribly clear.None of us will ever leave this island Directed by Lucy Bailey (Witness for the Prosecution, now in its 6th year in London) this brand-new production of the bestselling crime novel of all time will keep you on the edge of your seat… Genuinely terrifying….
Ages 12+Contains themes of death, grief and guilt.• Reference to, and depictions of, murder, manslaughter and suicide by hanging.• Please also note that recorded gunshots and flashing lights form part of the production.
More than a century on from the Armistice, Oh What A Lovely War remains a classic of the modern theatre and a powerful reminder of the atrocities of a war that cost twenty million lives.A journey from joy to despair and back again, it’s a deliciously satirical attack on the military incompetence and inconceivable disregard for human life the First World War has come to represent and a chilling reminder of man’s inhumanity to man.
Little Bear can’t hear Dad Bear calling, but feels the floor vibrate with heavy footsteps...Little Bear can’t catch the funny joke at school when friends are laughing, but feels the crunch of snow on frozen pavements.Join Little Bear and Dad Bear as they learn how there are many ways to communicate love, and to find your place in the world.
All performances of Can Bears Ski? will have a live BSL interpreter. Ages 3+Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Join us for the World Premiere of this new production at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, before it embarks on a national tour.Harry Houdini is the world’s greatest entertainer. Just as his death-defying escapology stunts have him, and his wife Bess, on the cusp of a career-defining performance for King Edward, he finds himself framed for murder by a gang of criminals in cahoots with the chief of police.
Harry Houdini is the world’s greatest entertainer. Just as his death-defying escapology stunts have him, and his wife Bess, on the cusp of a career-defining performance for King Edward, he finds himself framed for murder by a gang of criminals in cahoots with the chief of police.Can Harry & Bess escape the plot and clear their names?And how is their rival, The Superstar Spiritualist medium, involved?All will be revealed in this hilarious 39 Steps-esque thriller, played out in New Old Friends’ (Crimes on Centre Court) inimitable, award-winning style of physical comedy, sparkling wit and just a touch of chaos.Featuring a hard-working cast of four playing multiple roles on an almost harder-working set, this show will have you laughing and gasping throughout at the magic of theatre and the ‘real’ magic of illusions designed by TV’s Pete Firman (BBC One’s The Magicians).
The Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is a spectacular high-pitched celebration of timeless music from one of the biggest selling groups of all time. This nostalgic musical journey pays tribute to the life and career of those four boys from Jersey, who started singing under a street lamp but soon went on to become one of the most recognised groups in history.From the streets of New Jersey to the dizzying heights of the West End and Broadway, this incredible music has delighted audiences for over five decades. The Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons features all your favourite songs including Sherry, My Eyes Adored You, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like A Man, and many more.Gareth Gates joins cast members from the smash-hit Tony award winning musical ‘Jersey Boys’ and other hit West End shows. The Best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is guaranteed to leave you saying ‘Oh, What A Night!'
Following a completely sell-out run in 2022, James Phelan, the magician most infamous for jamming the BBC switchboard after correctly predicting the lottery numbers, presents a new show for 2023.This dazzling, five star rated magic show will leave you aching with laughter and dizzy in disbelief. Directed by the late Paul Daniels in his final theatrical project and Rated 5 stars across the board - you’ll see why The List magazine called this show ‘one to watch in the world of magic.This enigmatic and critically acclaimed, glance at the most engaging of art-forms transports you to a jaw-dropping world of light-hearted hilarity, wonderment, and mystery. One night only - and a sure sell-out so don’t miss out! James Phelan is The Greatest Magician.
There’s trouble on Volcano Island, get ready for an explosively good time!Dinosaur Adventure Live is back and even more ROARSOME! Join our brave Rangers for another action packed Dinosaur Adventure in the all new and exciting show: Trouble on Volcano Island.When the island's ancient volcano becomes active, it spells danger for everyone – including the Dinosaurs! It's a race against time to help our Rangers and favourite Dinosaurs in this thrilling prehistoric expedition, to save Volcano Island from imminent disaster.Meet the incredible Triceratops, the cheeky Spinosaurus, our cute baby dinos and the gigantic T-Rex as we follow in their huge footprints and journey across the island.Select tickets in Rows A or B to get exclusive Meet and Greet access and a photo opportunity!
Suitable for all ages.Some loud roars and SFX, might be scary for some very little ones.Parental discretion is advised.
The award-winning Indefinite Articles present their work for the very young: Claytime, a play with clay, where the audience are invited to participate.Each Claytime is totally unique - creating its own world, its own characters and its own stories drawn directly from its young audience. Truly, interactive theatre at its most engaging.
Made by ad for 3-6 year olds.Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
After their recent premier in the UK, we are delighted to welcome back Dnipro Opera, from Ukraine. They have a long-standing heritage of top-quality opera productions and no opera can match the tragedy and sorrow of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.Suitable for all ages.
After their recent premier in the UK, we are delighted to welcome back Dnipro Opera from Ukraine to perform Puccini’s passionate story of love at first sight.
Sung in Italian with English surtitlesSuitable for all ages
Comedian du jour Alison Spittle is simmering with jokes and probably rage, she doesn't know what the burning sensation is...This silly goose has appeared on Off Menu, You're Dead To Me, Guilty Feminist, The Gargle. She's the co-host of BBC Sounds' hugely popular Wheel of Misfortune podcast with Kerry Katona.Voted one of British Comedy Guide's best reviewed artists of the Fringe, Alison - formerly tour support for Maria Bamford and Fern Brady - heads out on her own.'A natural comedian'Funny Women
A visceral and contemporary new production by English Touring Theatre and Directed by Richard Twyman based on the classic play by William Shakespeare.A struggling and divided nation is tearing itself apart. So, when the Macbeths see their chance at the crown, why shouldn't they take it?
LynchPin Theatre brings the OFFIE Award nominated London production of the compelling, award-winning play Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett to Guildford.
Ages 18+. There will be a post show talk led by the company on both dates.
This brand new, exciting and educational show will amaze and astound all ages from four years & upwards, as it puts the 'exciting' back into 'science' (see what we did there!)With fun and fact-filled experiments, watch in amazement as they recreate a volcanic eruption, turn a vacuum cleaner into a missile launcher or take aim at you with a smoke blaster!So, stand clear and prepare for action, as this show is full of wiz, bang, pop...and splurtExciting Science – prepare to be amazed!
All Ages 4+
After mesmerizing audiences across five continents with over 700 shows, Tap Factory is thrilled to make its return to the UK with its 10th Anniversary Tour!Prepare to be captivated as eight extraordinary male performers deliver a sensational blend of dance, acrobatics, music, and comedy, creating a show that appeals to audiences of all ages.
For all ages
Since Miles’ last tour finished at The London Palladium in 2017, he’s been in The Full Monty on Disney Plus, The Durrells and Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? on ITV, as well as a heap of episodes of Frankie Boyle’s New World Order and Have I Got News For You.Yet one sunny day in the middle of all this, he suddenly suffered a brain seizure. This led to the discovery of a tumour the size of a cherry tomato, and a rather pressing need to undergo major neurosurgery.Obviously, one doesn’t wish to make a big deal of it, but the experience has left him with a story to tell and a few things that he’d like to share with the room.
Direct from its London run, the must-see comedy of 2023 hits the road this Spring!H.G.Wells’ comic (deadly serious) masterpiece will never be the same again as a hapless (highly skilled) group of actors embark on the journey of a lifetime!Will they be able to defeat the space time paradox - or at least get through the second half?All to be revealed…….** (no nudity!)
For ages 10+
Following his sixth consecutive year on the hit BBC show, Strictly Come Dancing, Graziano Di Prima and his wife Giada Lini will take to the stage in a brand-new show.Before the sequins and sparkles of Strictly, Sicily's very own Billy Elliot grew up working in the vineyards with his father. He hoped and believed that one day, dancing would be his career.
Suitable for ages 7+
Award winning stand-up comedian BEFORE she met Jon Richardson, Live at the Apollo & Taskmaster star and BAFTA nominee, Lucy Beaumont is going to let loose and let slip on her roller coaster world. Life through the Beaumont lens is more surreal than you could ever imagine.
This new production, directed by Esther Richardson and from the company that brought you Noughts & Crosses, is a magical retelling of the Orpheus myth, full of music, sound and storytelling.
Ages 13+Full learning resources for this production will be available.
Experience the powerful star vocals of four phenomenal singers from the hit show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, coming together for a magical evening of West End and Broadway musical classics.This colourful production is packed with vibrant and energetic songs from the nation’s most loved musicals including Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, SIX, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, Moulin Rouge and more.Dreamcoat Stars celebrates the life and work of legendary composers in this brand-new mega mix production, with exciting vocal arrangements, incredible four-part harmonies, slick choreography and memorable anecdotes from the star's time in the role of Joseph.Grab your coat of many colours and join us on an emotional journey where Any Dream Will Do. With some of the biggest musical songs of a generation, this is a show that will raise your spirits and a night of theatre you’ll never forget!
Suitable for all ages
ABBA Forever are recognised as one of the best live recreations of ABBA Live in Concert and theatre audiences worldwide have long enjoyed this superb recreation of possibly the world‘s greatest pop band. A considerable landmark in their career was their sixth sell out theatre tour of Sweden, the home of the original super group ABBA.
The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo shouldEver set foot in the deep dark wood...Follow the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in Tall Stories’ enchanting adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Sir Peter Teazle believes his young wife is sleeping with someone else. She isn’t.But she’s starting to think if her husband believes it, she may as well give it a go. After all, if you’re going to cause a scandal, you might as well enjoy it…Deliciously naughty and outrageously silly, this timeless comedy is a masterclass in social satire and the art of gossip. Featuring an unforgettable cast of larger-than-life characters, each armed with a lacerating wit, The School for Scandal is one of the greatest comedies ever written.Join us for a lightning-paced evening of romance, revenge and rollicking fun that promises to leave you entertained, enamoured – and perhaps even a little scandalised!
BY THE MOONLIGHT SERENADE ORCHESTRA UKThe music that filled the dancehalls during the Big Band era is brought to life again by The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK. Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug, Pennsylvania 6-5000 and String of Pearls are just a few of the numbers that shot band leader Glenn Miller to world stardom. Pieces from other band leaders including Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Count Basie not to mention songs made famous by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are featured in this show which will take you down Memory Lane and start your feet tapping.
Ages 8+ due to noise levels
BASED ON THE BOOK BY JULIA DONALDSON & AXEL SCHEFFLERZog, super keen student turned air-ambulance, still lands with a bang-crash-thump. Together with his Flying Doctor crew, Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout, they tend to a sunburnt mermaid, a unicorn with one too many horns and a lion with the flu. However, Pearl’s uncle, the King, has other ideas about whether princesses should be doctors, and she’s soon locked up in the castle back in a crown and a silly frilly dress!With a bit of help from some friends and half a pound of cheese, can Pearl make her uncle better and prove princesses can be doctors too?Freckle Productions (Zog, Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales) are back, with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe (Zog), for this truly modern take on the classic fairy tale.
Ages 3+ (But all ages are welcome)
One of the greatest ever stage thrillers, which ran for a total of 12 years in London and New York, winning the Tony Award for Best Play and inspiring the hugely successful film starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine, makes its much-anticipated return for an extraordinary revival.Anthony Shaffer’s masterpiece in which a young man arrives at the impressive home of a famous mystery writer, only to be unwittingly drawn into a tangled web of intrigue and gamesmanship, where nothing is quite what it seems…This dark psychological ‘thriller about thrillers’ and intriguing study of human conflict, jealousy and manipulation, proves to be far more than a ‘whodunit’ and promises to baffle even the most proficient sleuth!
Ages 12+, some minor swearing, gunshots
This is the UK 2026, John Waggner newly elected leader of the hastily formed centrist One Nation Party presides over a hung parliament, a discontented electorate and striking cheese makers.He and his power-hungry MPs must cling onto authority through whatever shaky means possible. Can one man, a Svengali spin doctor and some dodgy data unite the country? And what role can his wife, the King and a large spider play in keeping the lights on?This hilariously acerbic new comedy by Michael McManus, the writer of Maggie & Ted, puts leadership on the ledge and goes inside the chaos of government to see whether advisers do advise and if ministers can decide.'Read’s production hits all the right comic notes'The Stage (On Sheila's Island in 2022)BY MICHAEL MCMANUS | DIRECTED BY JOANNA READ
Ages 12+, contains swearing.Captioned Performance TBC
Following a recording-breaking West End season, this powerful production of Twelve Angry Men is back in session!Reginald Rose’s gripping courtroom thriller stars Jason Merrells (Casualty, Queer as Folk), Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street, Peak Practice), Tristan Gemmill (Coronation Street, Casualty), Michael Greco (EastEnders), Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier) and Gary Webster (Minder, Family Affairs)A jury has murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open and shut case soon becomes a huge dilemma, as prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial, and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax…Now it’s your turn to witness a ‘Brilliant’, ‘Riveting’, ‘Triumph’ of a show.
To book accessible tickets and discuss your access requirements, please contact our Box Office.
This is the true story of how hundreds of innocent people fought to clear their names after being pursued by the Post Office through the criminal courts.Proud pillars of their communities were stripped of their jobs and livelihoods. Many were forced into bankruptcy or borrowed from friends and family to give the Post Office thousands they did not owe. The really unlucky ones were sent to prison.Currently being adapted into a primetime ITV drama starring Toby Jones, this jaw-dropping, unique and gripping story is now the subject of a compelling stage show.Journalist and television (BBC Radio 4 and Panorama) presenter Nick Wallis has drawn on his decade of covering the story to write a best-selling book (The Great Post Office Scandal - serialised by the Daily Mail and featured by the Sunday Times) - it is this book which forms the basis of his new show.
Suitable for all ages1st half is the show, then interval and then 2nd half is QnA and Interview.
Psychic Medium David Maddock is quickly becoming recognised for his very passionate, down-to-earth approach to his work, which he undertakes with sincerity, yet often with a sense of fun and humour.This is a Psychic experience like no other; if you know, you know. If you don’t – watch.West Bromwich born David’s endearing personality and loving energy captured the hearts of many on national TV, as well as leading to his feature in Take A Break, Fate and Fortune magazine. He is now sought after as a reader to some of the UK’s hottest celebrities, and is becoming a rising star in his own right, for good reason.David conducts each event with the utmost respect for his audience, as he passes on messages by connecting them with loved ones. David wishes to bring comfort, helping them to see that there is something beyond this world, and showing them that their loved ones are still around in spirit.
Ages 16+Please be aware, David Maddock cannot guarantee you a personal reading at any event. You will not be entitled to any form of ticket refund if you do not receive a personal reading. David’s shows are for entertainment purposes.
Mark Watson's 12-year-old son has just got a phone. His 70-year-old dad has been through the most frightening experience of his life. Both a dad and a kid himself, around the midpoint of his life, the Taskmaster star and multiple award-winner - now also famous as one-third of YouTube cult sensation No More Jockeys - returns. 'Quite unlike anything else I’ve seen in almost 20 years of covering the Fringe...witty, warm, perfectly judged.'The Telegraph
Tom Fletcher’s interactive adventures for big imaginations are leaping from page to stage, as the beloved Who’s in Your Book? series makes its debut as a brand-new musical show.A group of performers are preparing to start their show, but quickly discover they are not alone on stage. Little Monster wants to be part of the fun too! With an invitation to his friends, Dragon, Alien and Unicorn to join him, you can expect comedy and chaos as they help to create a magical show, learning about the joy of books and friendship along the way.A high-energy 50-minute adventure featuring lively original music, this show is the perfect introduction to live theatre.Expect plenty of playful fun for your littlest ones as their favourite characters come to life in a show that is packed with interactive moments to enjoy together.There's a Monster in Your Show... and he can't wait to meet you!
All ages welcome - The books on which the show is based were for ages 3-7.
There is a way to be good again.Direct from Broadway, The Kite Runner, an outstanding and unforgettable theatrical tour de force is returning to the UK in 2024.Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.Afghanistan is a country on the verge of war and best friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul, the skies are full of colour and the streets are full of the excitement of a kite flying tournament, but no one can foresee the terrible incident that will shatter their lives forever.One Broadway season and two West End seasons have garnered international acclaim for this incredibly powerful story, don’t miss it.The best page to stage show since War horse…a spellbinding productionThe StageEnormously moving, satisfying, and soulfulNew York Post
Ages 14+Contains adult themes and some strong language
Based on the timeless Victor Hugo novel and the Disney animated feature, showcasing the film’s Academy Award-nominated score.As the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris, Quasimodo, the bellringer who longs to be "Out There”, observes all of Paris revelling in the ‘Feast of Fools’. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful Romani woman, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the Roma – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.
Ages 7+Due to some adult themes this production may not be appropriate to very young children
From an original concept by Simon Corble & Nobby DimonAlfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller, The 39 Steps, brilliantly and hilariously recreated for the stage as the smash hit Olivier and Tony Award Winning Comedy, is back out on a UK tour after nearly 10 years in London’s West End, taking Broadway by storm, playing in 39 different countries across the globe, and delighting over 3 million people worldwide with its quintessentially plucky spirit and dashing sense of fun.
Star of Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You and QI, Kiri Pritchard-McLean is back with a brand new tour, her funniest and most personal to date.'Powerhouse stand-up from the thorniest of subjects' - The Guardian'Expect sequins, social commentary, and massive laughs from the renaissance woman of UK comedy' - Rolling Stone
To book accessible tickets and discuss your access requirements, please contact our Box Office on 01483 44 00 00.Ages 15+
Closest train station Guildford Central.
Metered car parks at Millmead and Millbrook.
Monday to Saturday - 10am to 3:30pm. On show nights, the café will re-open one hour before the show, remaining open for any intervals.
The Yvonne Arnaud is a regional theatre with a national reach, producing and presenting vibrant, entertaining drama for the communities of Surrey, the South East and beyond. Our 80 seat Mill Studio hosts a programme of one-night events and work from emerging artists. We present productions from acclaimed companies, such as Mischief, Donmar, Northern Broadsides, Out of Joint and many more, alongside our own productions and traditional family panto. Our light and airy cafe is open during the day, and pre-show, for delicious, homemade dishes and snacks. The theatre is a charity, built in 1965, thanks to public subscription. It is a grade II listed building.
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