Theatre and Drama is a vital part of education at The Royal School. In addition to offering the subject at A Level, there are many opportunities for students to become involved in this vibrant area of School life.
Our Sixth Form take productions to professional venues in Guildford and beyond giving them a chance to create modern and challenging work. This experience also gives them a chance to work with professional technicians, to be mentored by professional marketers and to produce and develop their own production.
There is a whole School production every year involving Year 7 to Sixth Form performed in our School Theatre. Recent productions include Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and Missing Dan Nolan. In addition, the biennial Revue involves every student from Prep 5 to Upper Sixth and members of staff and is always a sell out!
The Interhouse Drama Competition is an annual event and all Senior pupils in each house, led by Sixth Formers, are involved. They are required to devise, costume, set and produce a show in 24 hours, transferring skills learnt in the drama studio through the curriculum.
The Royal School has strong links with Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre in Guildford and our students of all ages are involved in production groups there including Edinburgh Festival productions. We send students from our Sixth Form to study drama at leading universities including Exeter, Bristol and Warwick, as well as specific drama programmes in London and New York.
We have a long history of success with structured LAMDA qualifications through individual, paired or group tuition as well as a less structured Theatre Workshop involving more experimental work. Here students work with a professional actor devising work, creating characters and developing a love of performing.
The involvement of so many of our students in Drama and Theatre studies is testament to the value we put on educating the whole person. The confidence, self-belief and sheer enjoyment that so many of our students have found in the performing arts means that it has always been, and will continue to be, at the heart of school life. Students leave The Royal with a respect and appreciation of Theatre Arts in all their forms.