The Stahl Theatre is a centre of theatrical activity serving Oundle School, the town of Oundle and the surrounding region.

The 264-seat Stahl theatre is situated on West Street in the heart of Oundle town. This attractive chapel building was converted into a theatre commemorating the generous bequest of Rudolphe Stahl (OO). It opened its doors to the public in March 1980. 

Here at the Stahl we pride ourselves in programming the very highest quality School productions alongside the some of the country’s leading touring theatre companies. The varied programme of work caters for a broad range of theatrical tastes, ticket prices are kept competitively low and all performances are open to everyone.

An integral part of the Stahl’s ethos is that our pupils gain a professional experience of theatre; professional work inspires their own practice and a professional technical team supports all School productions. As well as the Director of the Stahl, this team includes three full-time technicians, a costume supervisor and a box office manager. 

We encourage pupils to get involved in every aspect of theatre production. Acting remains popular for many but the backstage disciplines of stage management, set, lighting, sound, costume and make-up also thrive at the Stahl. Having benefitted from the tutelage of the Stahl’s technical team, in-house productions are often crewed entirely by pupils.

Pupils frequently direct their own productions and again, these productions are given full technical support. A member of the Stahl’s directing team is responsible for mentoring pupil directors ensuring high production values are maintained across all productions.