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City of London

School for girls

Drama department relocates to the Barber Surgeons' Hall

Whilst the Black Box Studio is being renovated the drama department has been extremely fortunate in being offered space at the Barber Surgeons’ Hall, just a three-minute walk from school.

Not only is the main space large enough to comfortably conduct a socially distanced drama lesson, but it is full of fascinating history. Undoubtedly the most compelling artefact hanging in the space is Hans Holbein’s 1542 painting of Henry VIII and his newly appointed Barber Surgeons. The fact that the bottom left-hand corner shows visible damage from the great fire of 1666 adds to the interest and the notion that it’s a bit of a Chekhov’s Gun situation - it would be remiss not to include it in our drama lessons!