Our facilities include the Grade II-listed Silk Street building, part of the distinctive and architecturally-renowned Barbican complex, and Milton Court, our newer site across the road.
Milton Court’s world-class performance and training spaces include a state of the art concert hall, a lyric theatre, a studio theatre and several major rehearsal rooms.
Silk Street offers a more intimate music hall, a dedicated lecture recital room, a completely flexible theatre, theatrical workshops and labs, electronic music studios, recording and sound studios, and over 40 teaching and practice rooms.
We also have an Annexe with a further 44 teaching and practice rooms, and our Sundial Court Hall of Residence.
360° tour of our School
Look inside and walk around the School and accommodation in our 360° tour below. Use the navigation options to check out all the locations.
Guildhall’s five public performance venues have exceptional acoustic properties and extensive seating capacity.
Guildhall Chamber Orchestra rehearse in Milton Court Concert Hall
Guildhall Studio Orchestra perform in Milton Court Concert Hall (photo - Matthew Ferguson, FG Studios)
Performance of Judith Weir's opera 'Miss Fortune' in the Silk Street Theatre (photo by Helen Murray)
Drama production of 'Provok'd: A Restoration' in the Silk Street Theatre (photo by Mihaela Bodlovic)
Drama production of Zinnie Harris' 'The Wheel' in Milton Court Theatre (photo by Mihaela Bodlovic)
Technical rehearsal on Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s 'Emilia' (photo by Helen Murray)
Anne Washburn's 'Mr. Burns, a post-electric play' in the Milton Court Studio Theatre (photo by Mihaela Bodlovic)
Production Arts work in the Milton Court Studio Theatre (photo by Mihaela Bodlovic)
Guildhall Jazz Festival performance in the Silk Street Music Hall (photo by Sam Dye)
Low-latency rehearsal for the 2020 Music Gold Medal in the Silk Street Music Hall (photo by Clive Totman)
Orchestral rehearsal with LSO players in the Silk Street Music Hall (photo by Paul Cochrane)
Rehearsal & Technical Facilities
Milton Court includes rehearsal rooms, a TV studio, a rehearsal gym and teaching rooms, and a well-equipped computer room with CAD and media production software.
Students have access to over 80 solo practice studios, several medium-sized ensemble rooms, electronic music studios and recording facilities. The recording studio and performance spaces are used for workshops, portfolio recordings and CD/DVD production to fully professional standards.
The School offers dedicated studios for Electronic & Produced Music students. Our main studio is specifically designed for the front and back end of the production process (recording and mixing/mastering), featuring an acoustically isolated control room, recording booths and tie lines to multiple spaces for recording of larger ensembles.
Electronic Music student working in the studios in Silk Street (photo by Paul Cochrane)
Rehearsal for the drama production of Provok'd: A Restoration in Milton Court (photo by Paul Cochrane)
Students rehearse in a Silk Street practice room ahead of the Chamber Music Festival (photo by Paul Cochrane)
Rehearsal for an opera production of 'The Angel Esmeralda' in Milton Court (photo by Em Davis)
Music Therapy class in the John Hosier Annexe (photo by Paul Cochrane)
Big Band recording session in the Milton Court TV Studio
Production Arts Facilities
Whichever Production Arts programme you choose, you will receive expert training in our well-equipped, flexible performance spaces.
Guildhall School's professional-standard performance venues with state-of-the-art equipment 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.
Production Arts Facilities
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.
Other Guildhall facilities you will use include the scenic workshop, paintshop, props workshop, design realisation studio, costume workshop and dye room, and sound and video editing studios. You will also have access to the lighting and theatre technology lab, stage electrics workshop, and production and stage management offices.
Students work with augmented reality and video projection for 'Senseless' in the Milton Court Studio Theatre (photo by Em Davis)
Automation in the Milton Court Theatre (photo by Morley von Sternberg)
Building 'Barbarians': Backstage with Design Realisation
Step inside the Guildhall Costume Store
Behind the Scenes of the Summer Rep Productions
The Making of 'Senseless' - XR Video Design for the Stage
Stage Managing a Guildhall Drama Production in the Silk Street Theatre
Backcloth painting timelapse for 'Barbarians', captured in the paintshop
Costume student breaking down trainers in the dye room (photo by Paul Cochrane)
Students working on the tension wire grid in the Milton Court Studio Theatre (photo by Mihaela Bodlovic)
Study and Relaxation
Our spaces for study and relaxation include a library, two student common rooms, two cafés and a peaceful lakeside terrace. Guildhall students have access to one of the UK’s leading performing arts libraries and excellent studio and IT resources.
Full-time students can apply for the School’s Hall of Residence, Sundial Court, just around the corner from our Silk Street building and Milton Court.