Bradfield Festival



Parking will primarily be on Max playing field. Upon arrival in the event area Marshalls will direct you to the appropriate car parking location.


If you require a space in the restricted mobility parking please contact to reserve your space.


6pm onwards

Prior to the Tuesday and Wednesday performances of Godspell and Illyria's The Merchant of Venice and the Thursday VOCES8 and Pupil Gala Concert, there will be a Street Party on Hillside Rux (see above map for details). 

Food will be available during the Street Party and can be purchased via a food voucher which will be on sale in the Street Party area. Vouchers will cost £5 each and are redeemable at any one of the food stalls. 

There will also be short performances from some of the College's talented pupils and some of our visiting workshop leaders.

Greek Theatre Venue

For your comfort, we will provide foam cushions which will be on seats/handed out as you take your seats in the Greek Theatre, these will be collected prior to exiting the theatre.

Quad Venue

Picnics are welcome for the performances on Quad. Please bring your own seating.

Run Times

Approximate run times for the Festival events are as follows

OB GALA NIGHT - Approx 2hrs 20 mins (including short interval)

Start: 7.00pm

 End: 9.20pm

HANCOCK: A CELEBRATION (Afternoon event)

Start: 12.00pm

 End: 6.15pm

GODSPELL - Approx 1hr 20 mins

Start: 7.30pm

 End: 8.50pm


Start: 7.30pm

 End: 9.30pm

VOCES8 AND PUPIL GALA - Approx 2hrs 30 mins (including interval and Light Show from Feeding the Fish)

Start: 7.30pm

 End: 10.00pm

Wet Weather

Please note, with the exception of the Hancock Celebration, all events are outdoor events and open to the elements. In the case of light rain the shows in the Greek Theatre and Quad will go on. Disposable ponchos will be handed out (free of charge) in the event of any likely rain.

If heavy showers are forecast a cancellation or change of venue decision will be made prior to the event to ensure we meet Health and Safety requirements. These will be communicated to ticket holders at the earliest possible convenience on the day of the event.


Conceived as a celebration of Bradfield creativity in its widest sense, the Bradfield Festival returns with a series of events encompassing musical, literary, film, artistic and dramatic performances and workshops.

This year’s Festival will run from 17-28 June with events and performances all over the College campus. Pupil performances are at its heart but distinguished alumni and visiting professionals add to an eclectic mix of the very best of the arts. 

Full details of all the Festival events can be found below and tickets are available for booking now via the ticketsource links under each event.

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OB Gala Night

The first in a series of Festival events in the iconic Greek Theatre, the Gala Night will see the return of multiple talented Old Bradfielians alongside some of Bradfield's current pupils, who will sing, perform and entertain in a celebratory evening of creativity.

Guests and performers will include internationally renowned operatic tenor Mark Milhofer, Acting and Vocal talent Eve Niker, Jazz Fusion guitarist legend John Etheridge, Classical Singer Ella Bodeker and many more.* 

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Tony Hancock - A Celebration

A unique opportunity on the fiftieth anniversary of his passing to celebrate the life and work of one of Britain's best loved and iconic comic performers, Tony Hancock, at his old school, Bradfield College.

The day will include expert panel discussions, screenings of rare archive material, a performance of James Hurn's award winning Hancock stage production and talks by a range of special guests.*

Our first confirmed guest is actress LIZ FRASER. Liz co-starred with Tony in Hancock's Half Hour and is fondly remembered for her work in the Carry On films.

Our second confirmed guest is film historian and author ROBERT ROSS. Robert has written extensively about British comedy and is the author of "The Carry On Companion" among many other books, including one on Hancock regular Sid James. Robert has chaired events at the National Film Theatre and contributed to many documentaries on the subject and we are delighted he will be joining us.

Our third confirmed guest is Old Bradfieldian DR PAUL CUFF (E 98-03), an associate fellow at the University of Warwick, who will be talking about Hancock and his contemporaries.

The day will culminate in the unveiling of a permanent memorial to Tony at the College.

This is a non-profit making event and any profit raised will be donated to The Samaritans (reg charity no 219432). This event is a collaboration between Bradfield College and The Tony Hancock Appreciation Society.

* all guests are subject to change due to work and family commitments

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Godspell - Bradfield College Drama Department Production

Bradfield’s iconic Greek Theatre plays host to a dynamic reimagining of Stephen Schwartz’s classic 1971 Broadway smash musical Godspell.

Largely inspired by the Gospel of Matthew, Godspell is an uplifting tale of friendship and faith presented as a series of parables interspersed with a variety of modern music.

Starting life as a College project performed by students at Carnegie Mellon University, the production comes full circle as Bradfield’s pupils put a contemporary twist on the classic tale.  

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Illyria - The Merchant of Venice

International award-winning Theatre Company Illyria promise a production to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Winner of four international "Best Performance" awards and possessor of numerous "five-star" and "Critics' Choice" reviews for the lively clarity of its approach to Shakespeare's plays, Illyria produce high quality and refreshing original adaptations of English classics and Gilbert & Sullivan performances.

Illyria has given more performances to more people across a wider area than any other open air touring Theatre Company and will be bringing its gripping, funny, romantic and thought-provoking adaptation of Shakespeare’s great courtroom drama The Merchant of Venice to Bradfield this summer. 

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VOCES8 and pupil Gala

British vocal ensemble VOCES8 inspires people through music and sharing the joy of singing. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the group performs repertoire from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements; versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression is central to the ensemble's performance ethos.

Having performed at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Cité de la Musique Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, VOCES8 now return to Bradfield College’s Greek Theatre, three years on from their appearance at the Theatre Re-opening Gala.

Bradfield College's talented musicians will take to the stage before welcoming the internationally renowned ensemble, who will perform a number of songs from their repertoire on the final night of the Festival.

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Afghan Connection - Literary Events

Afghan Connection has been operating in Afghanistan since 2002. Its aim is to bring hope and opportunity to young people in Afghanistan through education and sports projects.

AC supports education in rural areas, where girls in particular miss out, by funding initiatives designed to maximise the opportunity to access and complete a quality education. The Charity has funded 46 school constructions serving more than 75,000 children.

The charity will be hosting two literary events at Bradfield College this summer sponsored by Strutt & Parker.


An evening with McMafia's
Misha Glenny & Sarah Montague

Tuesday 19th June - 7pm to 9.30pm
(8pm talk)

Thrilling McMafia author Misha Glenny will be interviewed by formidable presenter and journalist Sarah Montague. Misha is an expert on global organised crime and cyber security; "he doesn't just write books, he lives them"!


Lunch with Robert Harris
& Clive Anderson

Wednesday 20th June - 11.30am to 2.30pm 
(1pm talk)

Robert Harris, the bestselling author of Fatherland, EnigmaAn Officer and a Spy and Munich to name but a few, will be interviewed by acclaimed comedy writer and television and radio presenter Clive Anderson.

Enjoy fabulous food, drinks, music and art and browse our eclectic mix of stalls in the beautiful grounds of Bradfield College.


Jazz on a Summer's Evening

Bradfield's annual jazz music showcase event will take place in the Marquee on Major. The best of the College's musically talented pupils, staff and alumni will take to the stage for a relaxed evening of entertainment. 

Performance and general ticket details will be available soon.

Bradfield Festival Supporting OSCAR Foundation

In October, Bradfield will host a touring girls’ football team from India as the College embarks on a new charitable partnership with the OSCAR Foundation.

The Kick Like A Girl initiative will see 14 talented girls from one of India’s poorest slums travel to the UK for a nationwide tour during which they will play a number of matches, take in some of our nation’s great footballing sights and meet some famous faces along the way.

The Bradfield Festival is supporting this initiative and the College's OSCAR leaders will be fundraising this year to help finanace the tour. They will be sharing updates on their Instagram page @bradfieldsupportsoscar, as well as on the Bradfield College Twitter feed @BradfieldCol, as they endeavour to raise £5000 to part-fund the tour via their Just Giving fundraising page