Into The Woods
Currently in production: "Into The Woods," is a dark, exciting twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, meandering through the stories of some best-loved characters as they search in all the wrong places for happiness. Follow the stories of the Baker & his Wife, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and Rapunzel's Witch - to name a few - as they wreak havoc, confuse the Princes, lose some limbs and terrorise the wildlife. "Into The Woods," is a tale of love, loss, anger and hope, challenging characters' morality at every turn and enticing the audience to side with a homicidal giantess. Come and lose yourself in the woods for an evening of spectacular entertainment - but don't touch the beans! To be performed January 2018. Tickets here.
Currently in production: a shortened version of the world’s greatest play, longer than Stoppard’s 15-minute ‘Hamlet’ but much less than the usual three and a half hours, specially produced for performance in the Downstairs Theatre: a great introduction to this tale of mystery, acting and revenge. To be performed December 2017. Tickets here.
The Railway Children
For Exhibition 2017, students tackled Edith Nesbit's classic tale with enthusiasm and finesse. There were superb performances from the central cast supported by a large, cleverly choreographed chorus. The set was impressively built, encompassing a thrust stage designed to replicate a rail station and railway line, rolling hills for characters to climb up and the creative use of suitcase set pieces, this was an exciting and refreshing take on the play.
Our first all-Year 9 production was a great success in January 2017. This was a challenging production for the new Year 9 actors with multi-roling an essential part of the play.
Sharman Macdonald's, "After Juliet," was our first large-scale production of the academic year, performed in December 2016 – an ambitious adaptation adding scenes from Shakespeare’s original "Romeo & Juliet" to the modern sequel with double casting allowing most of the 39 actors to have significant speaking parts.
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.
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.