Drama and Theatre is culturally and academically vital to the life of Dean Close: we believe it enriches, challenges and entertains us, and gives our pupils the opportunity to understand themselves, question their own and other’s worlds. The reputation of Drama here is extremely high, and a great deal is expected in terms of acting standards and commitment. We have a strong policy of performing works of major playwrights and the best of contemporary drama.

Dean Close offers a varied and challenging diet of plays;  Shakespeare is regularly performed, most recently Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Lear.  Every two years a major musical is the highlight of the term, involving musicians and choreographers to a thrillingly high level:  in the last few years, Fiddler on the Roof, Singin’ in the Rain, South Pacific, Cabaret, Les Misérables, West Side Story.  In the last few years the Drama Scholars’ Plays 1984, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, The History Boys, Death of a Salesman and Arcadia received outstanding notices.

Drama exists in three main areas: extra-curricular productions; GCSE and A level; and individual Speech and Drama lessons where pupils are prepared to Grade 8 and Diploma level.  The Bacon Theatre is our main facility, a purpose-built 560-seat auditorium, with a huge stage and hi-tech equipment.  Other productions happen in the Drama Studio and the Tuckwell Theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is one of the major events in the dramatic calendar.  Close Up Theatre, our semi-professional production company, has been awarded Sell-Out status the last 15 years.  The Festival provides an unparalleled cultural and artistic opportunity for pupils.


  • Up to 10 productions per year
  • 50% A*/B at A level & 94% A*/B at GCSE
  • 9 pupils in National Youth Theatre/National Youth Music Theatre
  • Alumni: Will Merrick (RSC, Globe Theatre, Skins, Doctor Who and About Time); Hugh Quarshie (Star Wars, Holby City); Jon Foster (2 BAFTAS)

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Shelburne Road
GL51 6HE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1242 258000
Fax: +44 (0)1242 258004
Email: office@deanclose.org.uk

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Email: registrar@deanclose.org.uk