The Guildhall Theatre has an unparalleled history of dramatic performance. History of drama is not continuous, with plays, minstrels and players being subject to the whims of the monarch, local lords or government. However, through all these phases of drama, the Guildhall has been there as a host. From our earliest days in 1406 with minstrels, feasting, players and playing companies through Elizabethan drama and Shakespeare, the closure of theatre by the roundheads after the civil war, restoration drama, Georgian playhouse, Victorian scenery making, 20th century famous performers and now right up to the current day. The Guildhall Theatre is the only theatre still working that can credibly claim to have hosted William Shakespeare and Shakespeare’s comedian Robert Armin was born one street away from the theatre.

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Volunteer-led guided tours of the Guildhall run every day and are free to join, no need to book.

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