Discovering the Stahl
2nd February 2015

On Friday 9 January, Oundle’s Stahl Theatre on West Street flung its doors wide open and invited the community in for a unique theatrical experience. Over 150 guests were encouraged to wander through this historic theatre building, discovering all three storeys of the converted Chapel, its workshops and its costume department. As they journeyed they happened upon a series of live theatrical performances from the theatre’s back-catalogue.

The green room was transformed into Mrs Lovett’s meat pie shop (Sweeney Todd), a dressing room became Friar Lawrence’s Cell (Romeo and Juliet), whilst the top room was a new setting for Mr Franklin’s History classroom from Forty Years On. In addition visitors were able to take a look in the backstage workshop as well as the sound and lighting box.

Rehearsals are normally a particularly private affair, but on Friday night pupil director Damson Young (16) ran an open rehearsal for Animal Farm on the Stahl stage, which the public were invited to drop in on as they toured the theatre. (Animal Farm performs at the Stahl on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 January)

After a short welcome from new Theatre Director, Naomi Jones, the assembled guests were treated to a high-energy performance by a gifted ensemble from the School’s Third – Upper Sixth Forms (Years 9-13) of three songs from the smash-hit musical Matilda.  Originally performed as part of the sell-out Concert for a Cause in September last September, this provided a fitting climax to the evening.  

The event was organised to launch the Stahl’s inaugural season under new Theatre Director, Naomi Jones, who commented, “This event was a wonderful opportunity for us to show off both the theatre building and the talent of our pupils. It was a way of reminding everyone what a great cultural resource the Stahl is, both for the School and the town of Oundle.  It was great to see so many new faces in the theatre and to be able to introduce people to our new season.”

In 2015 the Stahl will host visiting companies including: Out of Joint (“A must see company” – Time Out), New Perspectives (“work of national and international significance” – and, Eastern Angles (“indispensable” – Guardian)

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February events at Oundle’s Stahl Theatre

The Stahl Theatre, West Street, Oundle

Box Office: 01832 273930    

The Exam

10th, 11th & 12th February


Tickets: £5


By Andy Hamilton

Directed by Andrew Martens


Exam time. Three pupils find themselves holed up in the same exam hall, waiting for their papers to arrive. As the wait lengthens, each has to survive a powerful barrage of self-doubt, parental pressure and adult incompetence. Written by Andy Hamilton, regular team member on Have I Got News For You, The Exam offers an often hilarious yet thought-provoking look at the considerable pressures facing pupils today.




Tuesday 24th February


Tickets: £9.50

By Athol Fugard

Performed by New Perspectives


New Year's Eve. An amusement park. Two strangers meet in the dead of night. Welcome to Playland… Set in the heart of rural South Africa, Playland is a gripping, comic and deeply moving account of a country in the grips of an Apartheid regime. Written by Athol Furgard - one of the world’s most performed playwrights.

Suitable for 16+ years. Contains strong language and descriptions of a violent and sexual nature.


All information was considered correct at time of printing

All information was considered correct at the time of publishing but please be aware that unforeseen circumstances may result in changes of timings and venues. Please always check the calendar on the School website for up-to-date event information –



Background Information on Oundle School

Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

 The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015. 

There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11.


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