Burford’s reputation for the high standard or its productions is well known. Always staged over a number of nights, to accommodate the demand for tickets, the choice of musicals and plays is always varied and draws on the strengths of the ever-changing cohort of students. Many alumni look back on their performances as the highlight of their life as Burford, taking part in productions which bring together a large number of students both on stage and in a technical capacity, and providing them with new skills and experiences.
We alternate every year between a musical and a play, as well as having a Lower School play for Years 7, 8 & 9 every other year.
Beauty and the Beast
This Walt Disney classic proved to be an exciting and unforgettable experience for its audiences, with every show completely sold out! An exacting production in terms of technical design, set and costumes, coupled with the spectacular ensemble pieces, the fantastic cast rose to the occasion to produce some truly memorable performances over six nights.
Victorian London was the setting for this hugely popular musical. Involving students predominantly from Years 11-13, with younger cast members forming Fagin’s gang, this production proved a sensation with young and old audience members alike. A fabulous set, stunning costumes and a talented cast made for a wonderful spectacle of song and dance.
The 39 Steps
This hilarious comedy, based on the John Buchan novel and the Alfred Hitchcock film, was performed by a talented cast over four nights. The show took us back to the 1930s as the hero, Richard Hannay, attempted to discover a network of German spies. Including songs and dances from the time period, it was both entertaining and amusing throughout.
The Arabian Nights involving a cast of nearly eighty students from Years 7, 8 & 9. The tale of Scheherazade and her wonderful stories was performed in the Main School Hall which was transformed into an Arabian tent full of magic and mystery. The acting, outstanding costumes, amazing dances and traditional Arabic drumming transported the audience to far off lands and mystical tales.