The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

For Exhibition 2016, a cast of 30 Year 9 and 10 students brought the magic of Narnia to Ampleforth in CS Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. From the epic battle, through the moving platforms to the powerful Aslan and White Witch, the cast excelled themselves.

Cole Porter's Anything Goes

Between Thursday 28th and Saturday 30th January, Ampleforth College presented three stunning performances of Anything Goes the musical by Cole Porter.  There were 55 students involved and five months of rehearsing went into preparing for the first musical staged in the Ampleforth Theatre for over nine years.  All aspects of the production were staged by the pupils from lighting, sound, dance and choreography to acting, orchestra, make up and direction. Click here to read the full story.

Electra

The downstairs theatre was the venue for the intense production of Euripides’s Electra. The classical Greek Chorus accompanied the audience through this ancient tragedy and as the plot thickened, the whole cast and stage became gradually covered in blood. A thrilling final performance from some of Ampleforth College Theatre’s most experience actors.

An Ideal Husband

In March 2015, the main auditorium of the theatre was turned into a traverse staging, with half the audience sat on stage facing a central stage. This small scale production of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband showed off the talents of nine senior actors.

Leave it to Psmith

PG Wodehouse’s Leave it to Psmith brought his wit and 1920’s glamour to Exhibition 2014. 18 Year 9 and 10 students navigated their way through the complex plot with grace and great comic timing.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

In November 2012, the downstairs theatre became the deck of a galleon for Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The enigmatic Player lead the perpetually confused pair through their adventure in this superb production.