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 comfortable and professionally run Ben Travers Theatre at Charterhouse School, Godalming. We provide training for young people through our Youth Theatre Group.

 

GTG is a registered charity managed by an experienced and dedicated team of volunteers.

Major sponsor of GTG

The Mayor of Godalming invited GTG to contribute to a virtual exhibition in Godalming's French twin town of Joigny.

In The Wings, written by GTG member Nell Rayner, is an expression of our time during the pandemic.

IN THE WINGS 

A message for our audiences

The health and wellbeing of our cast, production team, support teams, and audience is Godalming Theatre Group’s highest priority.

 

Due to the restrictions imposed because of the Coronavirus it became necessary to cancel our production of High Society which was due to perform from 4th – 9th April.  

Ticket holders were contacted and offered refunds. If you have a query or question please email comms@godalmingtheatregroup.co.uk 

and we will respond as soon as possible. 

We are hoping to move High Society to a future slot at the Ben Travers Theatre. We will post an update once we have confirmed details. 

We provide news about other productions we are planning for the future, as soon as they become viable.

 

ABOUT US

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!

Major sponsor of GTG

We are extremely lucky to receive direct financial support each year from the Haines Watts Group. Matthew Farrant and his colleagues enthusiastically support every production. We really appreciate their active role in helping keep community theatre alive and thriving.

 

TAKING PART IN GTG

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.

JOIN THE GTG PRODUCTION TEAM

 

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

 

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 in

  • Acting

  • Singing

  • Dancing

  • Acting for camera

  • Stage fighting

  • Make-up

We also organise

  • Theatre trips

  • Backstage tours

  • Green room productions

  • Perform 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 form below and click 'send'. 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 subscription.

Contact Us
 

CONTACT US

FOR BOX OFFICE ENQUIRIES

Please complete the form and click the 'send' button.

FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES

About joining GTG, auditions, helping in a production, hiring furniture or set pieces, or any other enquiry.

Please complete the form and click the 'send' button.

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