Above: looking up into the automated fly tower in Milton Court's new Theatre
Technical Theatre facilities
Guildhall School has five professional-standard performance venues with state-of-the-art equipment. These allow our programmes to keep in line with current practice and new theatre technology. Students use the School’s on-site theatres, rehearsal rooms, workshops and costume department to collaborate on major productions and a range of smaller projects and events.
Our students receive expert training in our well-equipped, flexible performance spaces:
- Milton Court Theatre – a proscenium arch theatre seating 223, with a fully-automated flying system which is unique in theatre schools around the world.
- Silk Street Theatre – a flexible theatre seating up to 308 in various formats, including proscenium, promenade, thrust and in-the-round. It has counterweight flying and with its large orchestra pit is the venue for our major operas and musicals.
- Milton Court Studio Theatre – a flexible studio theatre seating up to 128. This space has a tension wire grid, allowing easy and safe positioning and focusing of lighting equipment and rigging of scenic elements.
- Milton Court Concert Hall – this impressive performance hall has world-class acoustics and can seat up to 608. The concert platform is composed of a series of automated lifts, allowing for a wide variety of formats from solo performances to rehearsals for a full symphony orchestra.
All of our venues are particularly well equipped for lighting and sound and provide dramatic and adaptable environments. They are stimulating and exciting at the same time as being practical, safe and ideal for learning. As of 2016, Guildhall School offers more performance venues than any other drama school in the UK.
Other Guildhall facilities you will use include the scenic workshop, paintshop, props workshop, design realisation studio and sound and video editing studios. You will also have access to the lighting and theatre technology lab, stage electrics workshop, production and stage management offices.
Additionally, Milton Court includes new rehearsal rooms, a TV studio, costume department and teaching rooms, and a well-equipped computer room.