Each year RGS students can expect to have the opportunity to participate in either a major production or work they devise themselves for the annual Arts Festival at the end of the Trinity Term. There is a major production at the end of the Michaelmas Term, and another at the end of the Lent Term. Girls from Guildford Girls' High School, St Catherine’s School, and Tormead School, take part in the major productions. RGS boys also participate in productions at these neighbouring girls’ schools. Every second year a musical is presented in March.
All RGS Drama productions exploit the sophisticated technical facilities of the Auditorium with its state of the art lighting, sound, and audio visual systems. A small, elite team of Theatre Technicians comprising Fifth and Sixth Form students design the technical work for the productions and operate the equipment. They are complemented by a set design and construction group which creates all of the scenery and props. The school employs a professional West End make up artist who trains the students, and the costumes are hired from professional companies including Haslemere Wardrobe and the National Theatre.
For the First and Second Forms the Junior Drama Society run by Sixth Formers aims to stage a production each year.
This year, for the first time, RGS boys participated in the National Shakespeare Schools Festival with an abridged version of The Tempest. The boys showed not only extreme prowess in performance at The Leatherhead Theatre on 12 October but also rose magnificently to the challenge of auditioning, being cast, reheasing and performing all within four weeks! All the cast were professional and committed and the adjudicator on the night singled out the RGS offering as having real energy and an ensemble feel to the play. Alex Hartley was a commanding Prospero with four junior boys, Thomas Hartley, Philip Grace, Ronan Azimi-Mancel and Cameron Finlay as his lively Ariels. Jaya Baldwin gave a particularly comedic performance as Trinculo with Robin Langfield Newnham giving an eerie ‘gollum’ like Caliban. All the boys showed real talent as performers. A fantastic start to the ‘dramatic’ year.