More than 20 theatrical productions are staged at Eton in a typical year, including School and House Plays, a Lower Boy Play for students in E and F, and plays mounted independently by students. Productions have frequently gone to the Edinburgh Fringe. The whole repertoire is covered from classics, musicals and comedies to the latest contemporary plays. Every third year there is a School Play Festival for the performance of new plays written by students and staff.
Read the latest half's drama report.
Click here for details of this year's productions.
As well as acting, writing, and directing, boys build the sets, provide lighting and sound for all shows, and run the stage and front-of-house management, under the guidance and with the training of specialist theatre staff.
Drama is also available on the curriculum throughout the school. There is an introductory course for all boys in F. Boys can then choose drama GCSE in E and D. Specialists can choose to study a joint course in English with Theatre Studies on an increased time allocation which leads to two full A levels, one in English Literature and the other in Theatre Studies.
The Farrer Theatre seats 401 people in a flexible auditorium and is staffed by 5 full time theatre professionals led by an Artistic Director. The theatre is fully equipped to a high standard including a full counterweight flying system with truss and motors as well as a large orchestra pit. There is a comprehensive stock of lanterns, state of the art lighting control system and excellent 7.1 surround sound capabilities supported by a digital sound desk. Backstage there is a scenic workshop and set storage, a well-stocked wardrobe, a make-up studio, Green Room and spacious dressing rooms. The Caccia Studio and Empty Space theatres offer flexible, fully equipped alternative theatre spaces seating 100 and 60 people respectively. Other venues around the College are often turned into temporary theatre spaces.