Living the dream …..


29 June 2015

press release


Living the dream …..


Having spent over twenty years appearing in professional theatres in Hungary, it was high time Richard Challoner students took the stage in their local professional theatre!

Drama students presented their first production at the Rose Theatre Kingston last week. Shakespeare’s magical comedy ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ was performed on the Rose stage which was created as a replica of an Elizabethan stage as Shakespeare would have used.

Over thirty students aged 12 to 15 played to a large enthusiastic audience on the eve of Midsummer Night itself. Students skillfully combined final rehearsals alongside end of year exams, and tantalised their audience with impressive acting skills and a passion rarely seen in young students.

Commenting on the success of their debut performance at the Rose Theatre, Mr Cahill said: “This production has shown the importance of the Arts in schools and the huge benefit students derive from being exposed to high quality teaching in the Arts, as well as the more traditional subjects as part of a broad and balanced curriculum”.

Directors Mr Zoladkiewicz, Mr Norton (Director of Drama) and Mr Tyrell are firmly committed to continuing the school’s tradition of performing high-calibre Shakespeare productions begun by Mr Zoladkiewicz and hope to return to the Rose Theatre next year.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage.



Richard Challoner School is a highly successful Catholic comprehensive school for boys aged 11-18 which has been serving the local Catholic community since 1959. The school is a DfE designated Academy with Specialisms in Technology and Sports.

Following the release of school league tables in January 2015, Richard Challoner has been awarded a ‘Top 100 Schoolin England. The school has also recently gained Leading Edge Status, a designation that only applies to high performing schools that meet certain other criteria including having been graded Outstanding by OFSTED. There are only 220 Leading Edge schools in the UK out of a total of some 26,000 schools.

For more details about this press release, or for information about Richard Challoner School, please contact: JAYNE BOULDEN, ADMINISTRATION OFFICER on 020 8330 5947 or email:

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