The Mitre Players is the amateur dramatic branch of the Trinity Mid Whitgiftian Association, the Old Boys' club for ex-pupils and staff of Trinity School. We maintain close links with the school, and actively encourage current pupils and staff to be involved with our productions. We're very fortunate to have access to the school's marvellous theatrical facilities, and to be able to use Trinity as the base for our major productions.
The recently refurbished main school hall, which is now called "Trinity Concert Hall" hosts our infamous pantomimes and selected larger productions, with potential space for about 500 people on comfortable raked seating
Trinity School of John Whitgift is an HMC independent boys' school and educates approximately 900 boys aged between 10 and 18. Trinity is one of three schools governed by the Whitgift Foundation (founded in 1596 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, John Whitgift), the others being Whitgift School at Haling Park and Old Palace School for girls. The school has just built a new sixth form centre, in the old gym, to accomodate a larger sixth form from September 2011, which will, for the first time include girls.
The school has been in its present position since 1965, when it moved from the centre of Croydon to a new complex of buildings and playing fields situated in the Green Belt. The grounds are some 27 acres in extent, and there are additional playing fields in Sandilands, ten minutes' walk from the school.
The resources of the Whitgift Foundation enable the school to offer outstanding facilities. Great expansion from the original 1965 building provides excellent facilities, including the impressive Shaw Building, housing the Art, Design and Sports departments.
Trinity is very fortunate in having two magnificent theatres and a drama studio, all professionally equipped. As well as the Mitre Players shows, these house major Trinity Drama productions two or three times a year and many smaller events. Drama involves boys from all levels in the school, and for those who do not aspire to the stage there are stage crews, front-of-house, box office, lighting, and all the other facets of theatrical production.
How to find the Concert Hall.
Once at Trinity, it can sometimes be difficult to find somewhere to park and to find the correct entrance. The main entrance to the Concert Hall is via "The Boys Entrance", which is off a playground/car park that has basketball nets. This can be found at the end of the school nearest to the Shirley Road (dual carriageway) gate. If you find the steps a struggle, there is an alternative entrance with a ramp at the front of the school, by the flagpole (facing the dual carriageway).