At the Stahl Theatre, pupils are encouraged to get involved in every aspect of production. Acting remains popular for many, but the backstage disciplines of stage management, set production, lighting, sound, costume and make-up also thrive. For some, the Stahl is where they hone their aspirations for a career in theatre. For others, it is a place where the experience of theatre introduces creativity, builds confidence, and teaches collaboration.
Subjects taught here
Full-scale School performances are delivered each year
House plays are directed by pupils each year
Professional touring productions each year
The main auditorium's seating capacity, with further studios and rehearsal room
An integral part of the Stahl’s ethos is that pupils gain a professional experience of theatre, with a professional technical team supporting all School productions
As well as the Director of the Stahl, the team includes three full-time technicians, a costume supervisor, a box office manager and further expert drama teachers.
The Drama Scholarship programme supports dedicated, passionate performers or theatre technicians who want to explore and develop their theatre practice. The department looks to Drama scholars to lead by example and be an inspiration to their peers. In return, they are offered first-rate training that seeks to nurture the theatre-makers of the future.
Thank you so much for supporting me through my drama career in Oundle and giving me endless opportunities in and around the Stahl. I have enjoyed every role I have been given; thank you for giving me so much direction as an actor and helping me improve my skills.Luke, Drama Scholar
Full-scale lighting rig
Costume wardrobe and studio
Various make-up rooms
Classroom teaching space
The Stahl’s annual calendar is filled with House, School and professional touring productions, offering a broad range of entertainment to both the School and wider town community.
The Stahl was originally designed by Mr W F Poulton for the New Independent Church in 1865. Following a bequest from Old Oundelian Rodolphe Stahl, it was converted to a theatre in his name. The main auditorium has a seating capacity of 264, with further studios and a rehearsal room.