Touring

As well as producing and presenting work at our home in Guildford, the Yvonne Arnaud also tours work to other regional theatres across the country.

In 2022 we launched two national tours, Sheila's Island and Ladies of Letters, visiting 16 venues across the country between them. 

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A group of four women in outdoor weather gear stand outside in a hilly area.

Sheila's Island - Feb to May 2022

A sparkling, sharp-witted new comedy from writer Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots, The Band), starring Sara Crowe (Private Lives, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Rina Fatania, Judy Flynn (Dinnerladies, Call The Midwife), and Abigail Thaw (Endeavour), directed by the Yvonne Arnaud's director, Joanna Read.

Bonfire night 2019, Sheila, Denise, Julie, and Fay are Team C in Pennine Mineral Water Ltd.’s annual outward bound team-building weekend. Somehow, Sheila has been nominated team leader, and, using her cryptic crossword solving skills, has unwittingly stranded her team on an island in the Lake District.

Our intrepid heroines find themselves manufacturing weapons from cable ties and spatulas, and create a rescue flag with plastic plates and a toasting fork.

Questions are asked; truths are told; dirty washing is aired.

Intensely intimate comedy-drama

The Stage

The script is both sharp and warm and exceedingly, satisfyingly funny. The women who bring it to life are much the same.

Edinburgh Guide

An entertaining and funny play with a serious undertone

Salisbury Journal

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Two postage stamps, one yellow with a woman wearing a red jumper, and one blue with a woman wearing a blue top and cardigan. They float in the sky above clouds and a red post box which envelopes are flying into.

Ladies of Letters - Apr to Jul 2022

Starring Tessa Peake-Jones (Grantchester, Only Fools and Horses) and Gwyneth Strong (Only Fools and Horses, EastEnders), adapted by the acclaimed Jonathan Harvey (Coronation Street, Gimme Gimme Gimme) from the popular series by Lou Wakefield and Carole Hayman, and directed by Joanna Read.

Irene Spencer and Vera Small, two suburban women in their sixties, battle the big issues of the 21st century, from climate change protest and accidental imprisonment, to handy recipes for tasty petit fours and how to get stains out of slacks. They are best frenemies. Using the long lost artform of letter writing, they freely vent their views on their ungrateful children, how to find love at 60, and, on each other.

Ladies of Letters is a riotously funny, sharply observant comedy, packed with acidic detail that women navigating ungrateful families and M & S in an unforgiving world know so well.

They manage to keep the audience gripped with their charisma, stage presence and trademark comedic timing.

Malvern Observer

Ladies of Letters astonishes; it is a sit-back and be surprised production. I did and I was and I loved it.

Surrey Advertiser

Celebrates the meaning and warmth of women’s friendship, in all it’s gory glory.  Irene and Vera’s tales of retirement and the adventures therein give hope for us all!

East Midlands Theatre