Apollo Theatre Company was founded in 2010 by Tim Astley upon graduating from the Guildford School of Acting.
Our first production, Sir Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter played in the Mill Studio, Guildford in 2011 to sell out audiences. In 2012, our production of Blue Remembered Hills by Dennis Potter toured England and received five-star reviews. In 2013 we presented the 75th Anniversary Tour of Our Town by Thornton Wilder, which was described in one review as "close to perfection". 2013 also saw our first original production, Keep the Home Fires Burning preview at the Ventnor Fringe Festival in August, prior to a UK tour in the autumn. 2014 Saw our expansion into bigger venues with an adaptation of the classic WWII novel, Carrie's War, as well as a second tour of Keep the Home Fires Burning .
In 2015 we produced the 50th anniversary tour of the classic radio comedy show, Round the Horne. This production toured the UK three times from 2015-2017 and played for eight weeks at London's Museum of Comedy. Following this production we created and produced an original play, Cult Figure: Kenneth Williams, about the life of the great man, which toured in 2017 and 2018.
Continuing in the same vein we brought to the stage two more classic radio comedy shows. In 2018 we teamed up with Spike Milligan Productions to commemorate Spike's centenary year with the first ever UK tour of The Goon Show and in 2019 we produced the first major UK tour of Hancock's Half Hour which toured to a record 40 venues.
In 2022, we had our busiest year to date, with six productions touring the country, including Cheryl Knight's wonderful tribute to Joyce Grenfell, Ode to Joyce, a new production of The Steptoe & Son Radio Show, co-produced with Hambledon Productions, and a bilingual English and British Sign Language production of the WWII play, Lilies on the Land.
We have also developed a thriving children's theatre department. To date we have produced Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, two original Hans Christian Andersen adaptations: The Snow Queen and The Ugly Duckling & Other Stories, a new adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
2023 will see three fantastic productions touring the UK. Keep checking back here for more information...
Who We Are
TIM ASTLEY - Artistic Director
Tim trained at the Guildford School of Acting and, shortly after graduating in 2010, founded Apollo Theatre Company and made his directorial debut with their first production, Sir Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter.
The following year he directed Apollo’s first touring production, Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills, followed by the 75th Anniversary UK Tour of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and Nina Bawden’s Carrie’s War in which he also played the role of Billy.
Alongside his wife, Amy, Tim created Apollo Theatre Company’s first original production, Keep the Home Fires Burning, which told the oft-forgotten roles women played in World War II. He also directed another original piece, The Code Breaker, which celebrated the life and work of Alan Turing.
A lifelong fan of radio comedy, Tim fulfilled a long-time dream in 2015 when he produced and directed the 50th Anniversary Tour of his all-time favourite radio show, Round the Horne which toured the UK three times and played for eight weeks in London’s Museum of Comedy. Following this wonderful experience, Tim collaborated with Colin Elmer, who played Kenneth Williams in the show, to create an original production about the great man. Entitled Cult Figure, the production toured the country in 2017 and 2018.
Bitten by the bug of recreating comedy classics, Tim produced and directed another classic radio comedy to the stage in The Goon Show and yet another, Hancock’s Half Hour in 2019.
Apollo Theatre Company
Apollo Theatre Company are a professional theatre company based in Guildford, Surrey, and aim to produce exciting productions of both classic and original plays and comedies.