Drama has a great tradition at MTS, the school of Thomas Kyd, John Webster and James Shirley. There are many ways in which you can become involved with Drama at Merchant Taylors’ School both as a curriculum subject and as an extra-curricular activity.
As an extra-curricular activity, you have opportunities throughout the year to act, direct or work backstage.
Every year there are two major productions, one usually in the Great Hall (in alternate years a musical) and one in the Studio Theatre. In recent years, we have mounted productions of large shows such as Les Misérables, Guys and Dolls, Grease and more challenging drama including Macbeth, Our Country’s Good, Loot, The Devils, The Club and Edward II. Shows are often put on in conjunction with girls from St. Helen’s.
In the Spring Term, boys in the fourths and below are eligible for the Junior Production in the Studio Theatre. Recent productions include Private Peaceful, Our Day Out, The Tempest, Kes and The Wind in the Willows.
The annual Senior and Junior Duologues Competition is held every February; you and a friend choose, direct and perform a piece of your own for an external adjudicator.
There are also opportunities for boys to learn about Stage Lighting and Sound in weekly Technical Theatre Clubs.
Boys enjoy study trips to The Globe and National Theatre and have opportunities to take part in workshops run by practitioners and companies in school. They also enjoy theatre trips and visits.
Boys are supported in applications for the National Youth Theatre. In the last few years, a number of boys have been successful in gaining places.