The Drama department hosts a thriving programme of co-curricular opportunities. The main school productions take place in the Autumn Term and during King’s Week. During the academic year two major senior plays and one play for both the Shells and the Removes are produced. A popular date in the calendar is the Shell House Drama competition which really brings young talent to the fore. House plays are also greatly enjoyed.
Recent productions, many performed outdoors in some of the beautiful settings around the Cathedral Precincts, have included: A Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice, Cyrano de Bergerac, Arcadia, Cowardy Custard, The Lark, The Crucible, The Boys Next Door, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet.
The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury also hosts King’s productions: Les Misérables in 2007 and West Side Story in 2012 were performed to full audiences totalling 6000 for each production.
Modern Dance and Ballet is also offered as an activity culminating in a choreographed dance show performed by KiDaCo (the King’s Dance Company) during King’s Week.
The recently acquired Victorian Malthouse building, located close to the main school campus, is being transformed into a stunning Performing Arts Centre comprising a 334-seat theatre complete with orchestra pit, dance and drama studios, bar and dining facilities. This state of the art school facility will also be available for community use.
Director of Drama:
Mrs Rebekah Beattie