Tuesday 19 May – Saturday 30 May, then touring.

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford is delighted to announce that they will be producing and touring Sheila’s Island by Tim Firth in Summer 2020.

Directed by Joanna Read and starring Sara Crowe as Fay, with other star casting to be announced. Sheila’s Island is a sparkling new version of Tim Firth’s sharp-witted comedy Neville’s Island.

Sheila, Denise, Julie, and Fay are Team C in Pennine Mineral Water Ltd.’s annual outward bound team-building weekend on Derwentwater. They have an ordnance survey map, a compass and a list of clues. What could possibly go wrong?

Tim Firth is the writer of Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots, The Band, and Our House. Sara Crowe is an Olivier award winner known for her numerous film, TV  and stage performances,  including Private Lives, Calendar Girls and Acorn Antiques: the Musical, as well as the role of Laura in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Joanna Read joined the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, in January 2019, as Director and Chief Executive, having previously been Principal and Chief Executive of LAMDA, The London Academy of Dramatic Art.  She is a theatre director by profession and previously Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse. She and Tim previously worked together on The Corstorphine Road Nativity at The Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre opened its doors in 1965 and built an impressive reputation as a producer of significant work much of which transferred to the West End and toured nationally. This new tour is at the forefront of Joanna Read’s commitment to re-establishing the theatre as a maker of great productions for Guildford, and beyond.

Sheila’s Island opens at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford on Tuesday 19 May and runs until Saturday 30 May. It then tours nationally, venues to be confirmed.