Production Arts Open Day


Booking has now opened for our next Production Arts Open Day. This will take place on Thursday 7th November – for more information and to book your place go here.

The day will run from 11am until 5pm, with information available on all of the BA Production Arts pathways – Stage Management, Costume, Design Realisation and Theatre Technology, as well as the BA Video Design for Live Performance programme.

Our Open Days include the chance to speak to current students and members of staff, take part in tours of our buildings and facilities and to attend drop in sessions about each pathway. Information desks will also be available for finance and student life at the school.

Theatre Craft 2019


Guildhall will be at Theatre Craft 2019 on 11th November at the Royal Opera House. Find out more and sign up to attend here

Theatre Craft is a free theatre careers event for anyone who wants to work in theatre in a role that is not performing onstage. There will be workshops and information on offer about all kinds of roles, stage management, props, costume, producing, set design, casting, sound, lighting, make up and prosthetics, wigs, directing and loads more.

Hope to see you there!

International Stage Management Day 2019

Happy International Stage Management Day 2019! If you want to join in on social media, use #StageMgrs19. The day is organised by the Stage Management Association.

We’ve been celebrating over on our Instagram page with a story showcasing the Stage Management skills our students learn. See below for the highlights.

Some Photoshop skills above – scroll over the image for the name of student who made the image…

…transportation of props…

…fake drinks…

…first year Miriam clearly didn’t like her drink!

Learning how to write and seal old fashioned letters…

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…first aid…

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…and what Stage Manager doesn’t love an Excel spreadsheet?

We also have Stage Management students who are on elective allocations and are learning the skills of other pathways…

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Luke is working as Production Manager for La Fedeltà Premiatahere he is with his CAD plan doing some planning with his team ahead of fit up.

And Sam is working with the Construction department and learning lots of new skills.

Happy Stage Management Day to all!

Red Velvet

Red Velvet has gone onto stage today to begin the first set of technical rehearsals of this academic year. The team have worked really hard to put the production together and source all of the props.

The above photos are of last week’s props spread – the SM teams chance to show all the props and furniture they’ve sourced to the Director and Designer. The photo on the left is the ASM’s putting the spike marks for furniture onto the stage.

The team have some silver pieces – teapots and trays, which have been in our store for a VERY long time and were not looking their best. They’d heard that you can clean silverware using ketchup – so they thought they’d give it a go!

ASM Laura has also breathed new life into one of our stock stools by reupholstering it and sanding and repainting the legs so it better fits the production.

Red Velvet will open next week in the Milton Court Studio.

First Week Back


1 week gone already!

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Welcoming back the Production Arts department

Our first years have been settling in and attending all sorts of induction sessions to get to know the school. In the Stage Management department, we played some memory games with trays of props as an ice breaker.

Everyone also attended the Stage Management and Costume department meet and greet session on Wednesday evening

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First, second and third year Stage Management and Costume students getting to know each other

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Stage Management and Costume 2019-20 class photo

Red Velvet and The Wheel are both in rehearsal and the teams are busy with mark ups and propping.

A great first week back by the looks of things!

Welcome Back!

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Go! on another busy year at Guildhall. Welcome back to returning students and welcome to our new first year students. We’re already in rehearsals for Red Velvet, the first production of this year.

Important dates for the diary this term include:

October: Red Velvet will open in the Milton Court Studio on Monday 14th, with The Wheel hot on its heels, opening on Monday 21st in the Milton Court Theatre. Other going’s on include Stage Management Day on Thursday 10th, organised by the Stage Management Association and the UK Theatre Awards will be taking place on Sunday 27th.

November: our first opera of the year, La Fedeltà Premiata, will open in the Silk Street Theatre on Monday 4th. Autumn Opera Scenes will then open in the Milton Court Studio on Thursday 28th. Our final production of the term, Provok’d, will then open in the Silk Street Theatre on Friday 29th. Our graduation ceremony will take place on Friday 1st and we have our Production Arts department Open Day on Thursday 7th. Guildhall will be attending TheatreCraft on 11th November at the Royal Opera House, an event for 16-30 year olds who want to work in theatre but not be onstage as a performer. And November will be rounded off by Love Theatre Day on Wednesday 20th.

Our first year students will be taking part in classes including Photoshop, cueing to music, marking up, amongst others. They will also be visiting theatres and hire houses all over London. Keep checking back for posts about what they’re getting up to.

Term ends on Friday 6th December – and everyone will be very ready for a nap by then!

Summer Holidays

Summer holiday

Today is the end of the academic year! It’s gone so quickly and we’ve managed to pack so much into it. Returning students – have a lovely summer and see you in September for more productions.

To our third years – don’t forget to keep in touch and let us know what you’re getting up to. All the best for your professional careers, wherever they may take you next.

Happy summer holidays all!

Summer School

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Want to join us for our Stage Management Summer School? This year we’ll be running Stage Management Skills as follows:

  • Course 1 – Monday 15 July – Friday 19 July
  • Course 2 – Monday 22 July – Friday 26 July

The Stage Managing Opera course will also take place on Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 July.

You must be 16+ to apply to the Summer Schools and there are also courses in Costume, Scenic Art, Lighting, Sound, Prop Making and Projection Mapping. Go here for more information and to book for all courses. Or visit the Short Courses Facebook page here.

Final Call…

…for the final Production Arts Open Day of this academic year.


Open Day will take place tomorrow, Thursday 6th June between 11am and 5pm. Registration begins at 10:30am.

Come along and see us for information about the programmes we run – BA (Hons) Production Arts (Stage Management, Costume, Theatre Technology and Design Realisation pathways), BA (Hons) Video Design for Live Performance and MA Collaborative Theatre Production & Design. There will also be information available on funding, student life, tours of both buildings and a chance to see our Graduate Exhibition and what this year’s graduating class are displaying. Members of staff and current students of all programmes will be on hand to discuss course information and general queries.

Go here to book your place.