More than 20 theatrical productions are staged at Eton in a typical year, including School and House Plays, a Lower Boy Play for boys in E and F, and plays mounted independently by boys. Productions regularly go to the Edinburgh Fringe. The whole repertoire is covered from classics and musicals to the latest contemporary plays. Every third year there is a School Play Festival for the performance of new plays written by boys and Masters.
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As well as acting, writing, and directing, boys build the sets, provide lighting and sound for all shows, and run the stage and front-of-house management, under the guidance and with the training of specialist theatre staff.
Drama is also available on the curriculum throughout the school. There is an introductory course for all boys in F. Boys can then choose drama GCSE in E and D. Specialists can choose to study a joint course in English with Theatre Studies on an increased time allocation which leads to two full A levels, one in English Literature and the other in Theatre Studies.
The Farrer Theatre seats 400 people in a flexible auditorium. Its equipment includes a flying system, orchestra pit, and revolving stage. Backstage there is a scenic workshop, a well-stocked wardrobe, a make-up studio, and spacious dressing rooms. There is a large stock of lights, a computerised board, a sound system, and a range of audio-visual equipment, all of professional standard. The Caccia Studio offers a flexible, fully equipped alternative theatre space seating 100. Other venues are frequently turned into temporary theatre spaces.