Drama is a key part of school life and many parents, pupils and staff are struck by how seriously Cranleigh approaches performance in all its forms. Indeed, many pupils cite the standard of Drama at Cranleigh as one of the reasons that they chose the school.

Taking part in a production, whether as an actor, designer, stage manager or technician provides an unparalleled challenge which builds teamwork, creates long-lasting friendship and gives young people social confidence. It’s also extremely enjoyable and will remain one of the most memorable experiences of a student’s time at school.

However, Academic Drama affords pupils an opportunity to study in a different way, and students certainly value having a number of lessons per week that aren’t solely spent behind a desk! Choosing Drama as part of the curriculum and as a GCSE or A-Level choice affords pupils at Cranleigh a balanced timetable, and provides communication skills that in later life are useful during interviews and in the workplace.

The principal focus of all forms of Drama at Cranleigh is for pupils to enjoy performing, whilst being pushed to reach the highest standards possible.

Get Involved

It is not necessary to study Academic Drama to participate in a school production. Auditions are open to all. There are two Main School productions each year open to Upper Fifth through to Upper Sixth students in Michaelmas and Lent term. The Junior Play is in the Summer term and is aimed at the Fourth Form and Lower Fifth. We produce a Senior Musical biannually in the Lent term, and similarly a Junior Musical in the Summer term.

If you don’t want to perform on the stage you can contribute in other ways by being part of the Production Arts team, which offers opportunities in lighting, sound, stage management and design. Pupils can join from the Fourth Form and will take leadership roles by the time they reach Sixth Form.

Our productions for 2019/20 are:

Michaelmas- Charles III written by Mike Bartlett

Lent- We Will Rock You

Summer- TBC

Tickets for all school productions can be booked online at cranleigh.org/tickets and are available to parents, staff and friends of the school.

PAST Productions

Summer 2019- High School Musical

Lent 2019- Punk Rock

Michaelmas 2018- An original immersive adaptation of Narnia

Summer 2018- Ash Girl

Lent 2018- Chicago

Michaelmas 2017- Enron

Lent 2017- Anna Karenina

Michaelmas 2016- A Flea in her Ear

Summer 2016- Treasure Island

Summer 2016- Brave New World

Lent 2016- Les Miserables

Michaelmas 2015- An original immersive adaptation of Alice in Wonderland


Anna Karenina


Brave New World

A Flea in Her Ear

Treasure Island

Les Miserables


The Ash Girl

Punk Rock