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Based in Godalming, Surrey, England, GTG is the biggest community theatre company in the area. We usually produce three main productions a year in the Spring, Autumn and Christmas.

We stage our musicals and Christmas shows at the professionally run Ben Travers Theatre at Charterhouse School and our plays at Prior's Field School in Godalming. We provide training for young people through our Youth Theatre Group.

Upcoming Shows

Robin Hood pantomime December 2021

17th to 21st December

Ben Travers Theatre

Charterhouse, Godalming

Matinees Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th December

Director: Denise Hodgkiss

Musical Director: Bob good

Choreographer: Phoebe Barrow

 Can our hero Robin Hood outwit the evil 

 Sheriff of Nottingham to win his bride? 

 

With a live band, stunning scenery and costumes, LOL comedy, cheers and boos in abundance – this is a tights-wearing, thigh-slapping adventure you cannot miss!

Tickets are selling fast! Book now.

We’ll be waiting deep in the forest

to welcome you!

The full theatre experience

Live band | Licensed bar | Free parking

Spamalot, Godalming, April 2022

5th - 10th April 2022

Director: Keith Thomas

Musical Director: Richard Stockton

Choreographer: Alison Chapman

Book and lyrics by Eric Idle

Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle

A new musical lovingly ripped off from the film

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese,

Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin.

Original Broadway Production produced by Boyett Ostar Productions,

The Shubert Organization, Arielle Tepper Madover,

Stephanie McClelland/Lawrence Horowitz,Elan V McAllister/Allan S. Gordon, Independent Producers Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates,

Jam Theatricals, TGA Entertainment, and Clear Channel Entertainment

GOD video presented by arrangement with Ambassador Theatre Group

Ben Travers Theatre, Charterhouse

Your own community theatre group

Live theatre is back!

 WE PROMISE YOU ... 

more award-winning, stunning productions!

 WE NEED YOU ... 

more than ever to spread the word that…we’re still here!

 WHAT CAN YOU DO? 

Hard times bring opportunity for change, adopting new challenges.

 COUCH to LIVE STAGE? 

You can do it and we can help you

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 STAGE not for you? WAIT! 

We always need help making and painting scenery, costumes, social events,

publicity, FOH and fundraising?

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 MEET NEW PEOPLE  

Go on, you know what to do.

We would love to hear from you and hopefully - see you soon!

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Watch us on video!

GTG's DIGITAL PERFORMANCE OF 'TWO'

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 Necessity – the Mother of Invention! A GTG FIRST! 

 Our 2020 Autumn play TWO by Jim Cartwright, went ahead! We rehearsed online and then the cast of  talented actors were professionally filmed under social-distancing rules. We uploaded the 70-minute film so that people could watch it online for one day only - on Saturday 30th October - by special arrangements with the license holder.

 

We also ran an appeal to the viewers of TWO for donations to the

Godalming & Villages Community Store. This raised over £3,000! 

TWO by Jim Cartwright

Featuring Ben Dray as Landlord and Anna Twaits as Landlady

Here are just a few of the comments from viewers:

I was very impressed with the standard of the recording - the filming and sound were both excellent. Although it cannot replace the joy of 'live theatre', it certainly was a good replacement during these strange times.

The actors were all very good indeed. The quality of the filming was outstanding. Please count me in should another production be presented this way.

 

Excellent acting, good script and the right length. Lovely to see familiar faces on the TV.  Would love you to do another production in this format. 

 

It was like watching a BBC Play for Today. I was completely absorbed and every characterisation was portrayed believably and with expertise. Congratulations on a tour de force! 

Very professional in all departments!

The acting was excellent and made us quite emotional at the end. Thank you to the actors and the production team.

If the pandemic carries on, we hope, maybe, you would be able to do something else.

Click here to read the review by NODA

the National Operatic and Dramatic Association

Directed by Spencer Cummins, Filmed and Edited by Keith Thomas, Sound by Mike Wheeler

 

ABOUT US

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The late Desmond Holt founded The Youth Centre Theatre Group in 1964.

 

The productions became grander and the "youth" got older, and so eventually the group was renamed Godalming Theatre Group (GTG).

GTG is known for producing some of the finest community theatre in Surrey. 

 

Our season is built around a major spring musical, an autumn play, and a Christmas pantomime or show. 

 

Managed by experienced volunteers, we aim for professional standards and invest in challenging and adventurous productions. These are staged mainly at the Ben Travers Theatre, Charterhouse School, Godalming.

 

Many of our past drama productions have won festival awards for directing, acting or technical excellence. We have staged Old Time Music Halls and Musical Reviews across southern England, and we have performed in Augusta, USA, and also in Godalming’s twin towns, Mayen in Germany and Joigny in France. 

 

Anyone over the age of 14 is welcome to join GTG. Performers audition for each production; other members are involved in administration, technical support or backstage.

 

We run a weekly Youth Theatre Group for people from age 12 to 21. 

 

They learn performing skills, take part in workshops and master classes, perform green room productions, and go on theatre visits and backstage tours. Many of them take part in GTG's main productions.

 

Performers aged 16 or under are subject to the same licensing laws as professional theatre. In our case, they are licensed by Surrey County Council and are in the care of registered chaperones during performances. GTG provides an excellent grounding for people who want to venture into professional theatre. Some have gone on to full time training and are now working in the profession.

 

GTG is a Registered Charity:1131714. GTG is a member of NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association).

Ben Elton is President of GTG

He performed in a number of our productions in his youth; most notably as the Artful Dodger in Oliver!

 

TAKING PART IN GTG PRODUCTIONS

PERFORM

Auditions

 

Anyone can audition for a GTG production. Principal and ensemble performers are equally as important in our productions.

 

We cast people who can give full commitment to rehearsals and have the passion and energy to deliver a great performance.

We usually cast people of all ages for the ensemble, although not all productions are suitable for children below the age of 16.

Principal performers are cast according to their ability and skills, as well as experience and looks.

 

Rehearsals

 

Spring musical and Christmas show rehearsals are usually every Monday and Wednesday evening, and some Sundays. They take place at the Wilfrid Noyce Community Centre, Godalming.

Autumn play rehearsals are usually every Tuesday and Thursday evening, and some Sundays. They take place at various local venues. 

 

Performances

 

We stage our Spring musical and Christmas productions at the Ben Travers Theatre, Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey.  It is a professionally run theatre with audience seating for approximately 240. We stage our autumn plays at Prior's Field Theatre, Godalming. 

 

Membership fees

Anyone performing in a GTG production pays a membership fee. Membership fees help to offset the cost of running GTG and staging our productions - including general administration, rehearsals, and insurance for everyone performing or working backstage. In some productions there may be an additional charge for script hire or purchase.

GTG PRODUCTION TEAM

There are plenty of jobs to do in a GTG production, including scenery construction and painting, stage crew, lighting or sound crew, costumes, props, make-up, child chaperones.

Contact us to find out more!

 

YOUTH GROUP

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GYTG is the youth section of Godalming Theatre Group

 

The Godalming Youth Theatre Group meets every Wednesday evening from 6.30pm - 7.45pm during school term time, at the Wilfrid Noyce Community Centre, Crown Court Car Park, Godalming, Surrey.

We aim to provide training and education in every aspect of theatre. Classes are run by experienced members of Godalming Theatre Group, and are supplemented by sessions run by professionals in their field. When time and other commitments permit, the Youth Group aims to perform in local Drama Festivals and stage 'Green Room' productions.

GYTG members are aged between 12 and 21. Entry is by audition. As well as enjoying the weekly classes, members can audition for any production staged by Godalming Theatre Group where juvenile characters are required. They can also enjoy any of the group's social activities.

  Classes and Workshops 

Acting

Singing

Dancing

Acting for camera

Stage fighting

Make-up

  We also organise  

Theatre trips

Backstage tours

Green room productions

Performing in GTG shows

How to join GYTG

 

If you live within a 20 mile radius of Godalming and would like to find out more about joining GYTG, please complete the 'Contact' form below and click 'Submit'. This will send an email to the GYTG leaders David Dray and Madeline Gibb, who will respond to you as soon as possible. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have your parent's permssion to apply. 

If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a membership fee.

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