The Performing Arts thrive at Hampton and the Drama Department provides boys with excellent opportunities to develop their interest in acting, directing and technical skills. Staffed by a range of inspirational and experienced teachers, we believe the study of drama promotes creative, analytical and communication skills as well as engendering a lifelong love of the Arts and the Stage.
Hampton’s Drama Department is renowned for its standard of excellence and delivers numerous and varied co-curricular productions throughout the academic year. The standard of academic and co-curricular drama productions at Hampton is exceptional and pupils’ talents are showcased in our professional performance venue, The Hammond Theatre. Co-curricular productions include a Senior School Musical with Lady Eleanor Holles, a Junior Musical with Waldegrave School, a Sixth Form directed play, a Lower School play and a Middle School play with Lady Eleanor Holles. The department has also taken a production to the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
All pupils studying public examinations are provided with a wide range of opportunities to visit the professional theatre enhancing knowledge of performance and design skills.
AIMS OF DRAMA DEPARTMENT
- Provide a thorough preparation for KS4 and A Level examinations, ensuring each pupil achieves his full academic potential
- Enhance understanding and analysis of performance and design through visits to professional plays
- To encourage enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of drama, developing creative and independent thought
Lower School Performances
Fourth and Fifth Year Performances
Sixth Form Performances
Our professional standard theatre, The Hammond Theatre, is a venue to rival any school in the country and offers the perfect environment for a wide range of performances. It seats 380 people, is fully equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology and is run by a full time technical team.
THE DRAMA HALL
Situated in the Garrick Building, the black box studio is used as a performance space, rehearsal and teaching room and as a venue for drama workshops by visiting professional practitioners. The Drama Hall also has a lighting rig and a range of audio visual equipment.
Hampton also offers an excellent dance studio with mirrored walls and wooden sprung floor which is used for academic lessons and co-curricular work. Dances for the School’s biennial musical are rehearsed in the studio, and during lessons it is used as a facility for chorus and movement work.