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Drama at Stamford

Drama is a central part of our co-curricular provision, with our school productions being a notable jewel in our calendar.

We have an enviable reputation for excellence with productions being much more than your average 'school play'. We encourage our students to strive for professional standards in all areas.

We believe that all performance is valuable, whether it be in the large-scale senior musical or a one-off presentation of curriculum work.

The Stamford Drama department is a vibrant and inclusive place for your child

Whether your child is a performer, director, choreographer, designer or technician, we encourage creativity and collaboration in all areas. We offer a range of performance opportunities for all levels of ability, with informal and formal shows along with house drama and dance competitions.

Specialist Teaching Facilities

At Stamford we have two exclusive-use specialist teaching and performance venues – The Llowarch Performing Arts Centre and The Birkbeck Studio.

Speech and Drama

Stamford has a successful Speech and Drama programme, following the LAMDA syllabus.

Students from Years 3-13 are taught by specialist teachers and take graded examinations in Drama and Communication, many achieving distinctions for their work.

Production Crew Club

Students who attend can take charge of these areas in our busy programme of productions.

There is a weekly Production Crew Club for Years 10-13, run by our two professional Drama Technicians, exploring technical and design areas of the theatre. 


A whistle stop tour of wonder and excitment

We also offer a triennial trip to New York for students in Years 11-13, where we engage in workshops, tours and visit Broadway, alongside a number of exciting cultural sights.

Opportunities For All

At Stamford School we offer all students numerous performance opportunities throughout the year for all year groups.

Students have the opportunity to participate as a performer, or working behind the scenes, on events for audiences ranging from 30 to 400 in size.

Beyond The Classroom
Our Drama Department offers a number of opportunities outside of the classroom for students looking to expand on their love of Dance.
  • The annual Showcase of Dance involves students in KS3, 4 and 5
  • Dance and movement is part of our annual Drama productions at KS3,4 and 5
  • Our School Musical (Once every Two years) includes our Dance students
  • We hold an annual House Dance Competition
  • True Motion Festival
  • Dance workshops

Some recent productions; 

Beauty and the Beast (Y11-13)

The Demon Headmaster (Y7-10)

The 39 Steps (Y12-13)

Grimm Tales (Y7-9)

Frankenstein (Y10-11)

“Drama at Stamford has a reputation for excellence, with productions being more than your average “school play”; we strive for professional standards in all areas”.

Carrie Hill
Head of Drama (Performance)

Dance Showcase

An opportunity for students to dance and choreograph performances around traditional fairy tales.

Each year we stage a Dance Showcase, based around traditional fairy tales and stories, giving students the opportunity to dance and choreograph in a range of styles.

Recent showcases include The Little Mermaid, Snow White and Peter Pan.

Across Our Schools

At the Junior School, the Drama and Music departments work collaboratively to stage the spectacular end-of-Year-6 Spotlight musical production.

Recent shows include The Wizard of Oz, Bugsy Malone and Pantastic!

Student Showcase

Biennially we stage a submission showcase, where students are able to develop work with their peers around a given theme or style and then have the opportunity to present these performances to a public audience.

Most recent showcases have been focused on Shakespeare and the works of Frantic Assembly.

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Pathway Programmes

Pathway Programmes

At Stamford we recognise the importance of pathway programmes and partnerships beyond school life.

We work closely with a number of external agencies and links to help strengthen our offering to your child. Our long-established relationships with the wider Stamford amateur dramatics community is also vital for the confidence and support of our students.


The Corn Exchange Theatre

Rutland Open Air Theatre

Stamford Shakespeare Company

Tolethorpe Hall

Tolethorpe Youth Drama

New York City

American Musical and Dramatic Academy - AMDA
Drama Scholars are the stars of the dramatic, cultural life of our Schools.
Drama Scholars

Scholars attend a range of in-house workshops with specialist teaching staff.

We also host talks and Q&As with Stamford alumni who have gone onto careers in the arts. Recent Scholars’ trips have included seeing productions in London’s West End, a backstage tour of the National Theatre and workshops with industry professionals in Acting for Camera and Stage Combat.

Scholars who pursue the arts when leaving us will be supported in 1-to-1 sessions through their application and audition process.

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