Director's Circle

Following the success of our first Director’s Circle, linked to the 2023 pantomime, Cinderella, we are excited to announce the next opportunity to get closer to our work alongside our forthcoming production, Party Games!

The Director’s Circle is an immersive page-to-stage experience giving a level of access to productions which is not available to any other supporter group.

You and your guest will be invited to a programme of exclusive events, offering a greater level of engagement with the production than ever before. Meet Director, Joanna Read, and writer, Michael McManus; hear about their creative processes; watch the dress and technical rehearsals; enjoy a backstage tour during the production run and be the guests of honour at Supporters Night, with great seats and an after-show party with the cast and creative team.   

For existing supporters and those new to the Yvonne Arnaud family, this is an experience you will not want to miss.​

Also, new for the Party Games! Director’s Circle, the chance to see the show on tour once it leaves the Arnaud and hits the road!

This is unlike any other supporters’ scheme on offer at the theatre.  

the post-show drinks with the cast was the perfect way to end a wonderful experience which really did what we hoped, allowed us to visit the magic of theatre in a way we had only imagined previously, we will definitely do this again

Directors Circle Supporter feedback - December 2023

Party Games! is the first touring show to be produced by the Yvonne Arnaud since Ladies of Letters in 2022, and stars Matthew Cottle (Mrs Warren’s Profession, Bath Theatre Royal; The Windsors, Channel 4 and Game On BBC 2).   

This opportunity to get closer to the action is a must for anyone with a true interest in theatrical processes, so why not join us for a peek over the fourth wall?  

Director’s Circle Supporters are invited to bring a guest to all events and access to the scheme is limited to a small number of people. The experience is priced at £1,000 which includes a donation to the theatre’s work with vulnerable groups in the community.  

See the list of events included:

Directors Briefing

90 minutes with Joanna Read (Party Games! Director) hearing about her role and her creative process.

At the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on 27 Mar, 7pm or at the Unicorn Theatre on 18 Apr, 5pm.

Writers Briefing

Join Party Games! Writer Michael McManus for a 90 minute talk and Q&A.

At Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Thu 11 Apr, 6pm

Technical Rehearsal

Watch from the auditorium as a the cast and technical team run parts of the show to make sure everything is ready for opening night.

At the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on 30 Apr, 12.30pm or 6.15pm.

Dress Rehearsal

Join us as a member of the exclusive Dress Rehearsal audience in the final days before the show opens.

At Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on 1 May, 6.15pm or 2 May, 2pm.

Backstage Tour 

Guided by our Head of Technical, Liza Cheal, explore the wonderful world on stage and behind the scenes during the run of Party Games!

At Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on 9 May, 5pm.

Supporters Night

Join us as guests of honour in complimentary great seats, enjoy a pre-show and interval drink as well as a post show gathering with the cast.

At Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on 9 May 2024.

Attend Party Games! on tour

2 complimentary tickets for the show at any of the venues it tours to once it leaves Guildford.

Various options and locations TBC.

Please note: Travel to and from all events is the responsibility of the Circle Supporters and not the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Dates and times of events are subject to change and should be considered an indication of the intended event time at this stage and will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Other Director's Circle Benefits include: 

  • Highest Level Priority Booking throughout the year​
  • Personal Account Management​
  • Complimentary Panto Programme​
  • Recognition in Panto Programme and on website​
  • Invitation to annual insight event with YAT Director.*

*Starts in Spring 2024

​Please Note: This is not an annual membership scheme and spaces on the Director's Circle are linked to one production (in 2024, the show, Party Games!).​

Director's Circle

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Membership Period: During Party Games! 2024
Price: £1,000 (£938 donation and £62 benefit cost)
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Terms and Conditions

Payments must be made in full at time of purchase.
The cost to join the Circle is £1,000  which is made up of a donation of £938 and a benefit cost of £62. 
Please note the donation portion is a suggested donation to which Gift Aid provisions apply. If you do not want to support our charitable aims, you can purchase the benefits outlined separately for the minimum payment without making any further donation, but you would miss out on the joyous feeling of generosity and associated karma points.​
The cast of Party Games! in suits and smart attire in front of a cartoon of Elizabeth Tower