The Arts

From the moment they arrive at Gresham’s, our pupils are encouraged to express themselves and explore their world through the medium of dance, drama, music and the visual arts.

Opportunities to perform and create abound from the earliest age, and experimentation is encouraged. There are ample opportunities for those interested in the technical aspects of theatre. Our recent performances have included The 39 Steps, The History Boys and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Our Michaelmas musicals have included We Will Rock You, Sweet Charity and Grease.

“Creativity is encouraged, different talents and personalities are celebrated, and the school enables the students to explore their own interests.”

Tatler Schools Guide 2021

We have a proud tradition of educating artists; sculptor and painter Ben Nicholson, film director Stephen Frears and actresses Olivia Colman, Miranda Raison and Sienna Guillory are among our alumni. We put on regular exhibitions at Gresham’s through the school’s Nicholson Gallery where both pupils and visiting artists can exhibit their work.

“Superb exhibition space, lots to feast the eyes on – a really dynamic place to develop a talent.”

The Good Schools Guide

The Auden Theatre provides an ideal venue for performance, offering a professional and versatile space. The range, scale and variety of performances to which our pupils have access provide a richness which makes us truly unique. Our Theatre-in-the-Woods also provides a dramatic backdrop for outdoor performances.

For details of forthcoming performances, concerts and exhibitions and for details on how to book tickets please visit the Auden Theatre page.

Many of our pupils have gone on to Art, Drama or Music Colleges, many on Scholarships. Scholarships are available for entry to the Senior School in Year 9 and Lower Sixth.