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A new social group for theatre-lovers
£13 tickets per performance

Do you sometimes wish you'd been to watch something, but didn't because you didn't want to go alone? Are you experiencing social isolation and want to meet new people or do you just love live theatre and want to share the experience with others?

If you said yes to any of the above, The Showgoers is the group for you!

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Upcoming Performances:
Wed 8 May - Party Games!
Wed 5 June - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Wed 3 Jul - The 39 Steps
Starts at 7pm

Come and meet others before the show, find out more about the production, enjoy a soft drink on us and socialise together in the interval, whilst also enjoying a great evening of entertainment.

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Our annual Arts Award project for Deaf and disabled young people.

Working in partnership with a local school, the Discover Theatre project uses the theatre’s artistic resources and expertise to provide practical workshops on pantomime and theatre making for Deaf and disabled young people.

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Delivered over 10 sessions during the Autumn term, participants learn about the panto genre, characters, slosh scenes, technical theatre, devising and directing.

The project includes a trip to see the theatre’s panto.

As well as a final ‘showing’ for an invited audience. The young people who take part are supported to achieve  Arts Award Explore.

Such a hands on, exciting project has given them the opportunity to explore new language and concepts with a real purpose. They have been engaged and enthralled by these workshops.
- Alice South, Lighthouse Centre Teacher, Guildford Grove Primary

We are grateful to the Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation, the Greycourt Trust, the Arts Award Access Fund and Jim Douglas, a Vanbrugh Donor, for their generous support of the Discover Theatre Project.

The audience enjoying a performance of pantomime.


We work with local charity partners and organisations to provide funded tickets for specific groups of young people and their families to attend our annual Christmas panto.

Through working closely with Surrey Young Carers, Surrey Children’s Services, The Hive, Guildford Action and the YMCA we ensure access to our panto for young carers, looked after children, young people living in supported accommodation and families who are facing a variety of challenges.

It gives these young people a chance to spend time with their families in a light-hearted way which is a far cry from the day to day lives they have most of the time. A lot of our families are financially struggling, and this provides the family with an opportunity to go to the theatre and do something together they would not normally be able to afford.

Tina Male - Student Support Lead, Weydon School.

Thanks-this will have meant so much to this child at this time!

Sandy Coleman - Social Worker, Surrey Children’s Services

Our Panto Partnership scheme is generously supported by the Alchemy Trust.

A technician and member of staff from the theatre show a participant from Surrey Choices a piece of software on a laptop backstage.

YAT Ambassadors

Working with Halow, we support young adults with learning disabilities to get involved with a variety of activities at the theatre.

The Ambassadors take part in ushering duties, see shows, assist our creative learning department with workshop delivery and are supported to achieve an Arts Award.

Charity Partnership

The theatre offers a number of ways for local charities and organisations to connect and join in with the arts, as well as opportunities for supported employment.

YMCA Guildford

In addition to being a Panto Partner, YMCA Guildford uses the theatre’s Mill Studio for weekly drama sessions for a group of UASCs (Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children). We provide the group with costume, props and workshop support.

“It was incredible to see them being so carefree and I am sure that the room and the whole atmosphere had a lot to do with this. I have gathered more information about the boys within this hour and a half than I have in a whole month.”
Zsofia Racz, Project Worker, YMCA Guildford

Halow & Surrey Choices

We support Halow and Surrey Choices by providing backstage tours and workshops on creative careers as well as opportunities for employment in our café.

“The tour of the theatre was wonderful for our young people as it was a relaxed and informal way for them to visit a local theatre that is used a lot by the Halow project. This was an invaluable and fun learning and social experience for our young people and we think this delivers so much value to our programme and young people alike.”
Siona Booth, Building Futures Assistant Manager, Halow

Workshop Bursaries

Each year we work with local schools and charities including Surrey Young Carers, to provide funded bursary places for our holiday workshops for young people from low income backgrounds.

If you would like more information about our work with local charities and organisations please contact Rhiannon Fisher at