Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London and Online

City Lit offers performing arts courses in the heart of Covent Garden in Central London during the evening, daytime and at weekends. Explore our range of subjects including acting, dance and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano and singing.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time new students can get 20% off their first online course using code CITYLIT20. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist tutor in advance to help you choose the right level should you require help and advice.

Would you like some help or advice?

For music courses call 020 7492 2630 or email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses call 020 7492 2542 or email drama@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. Swing jazz rhythm notation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you struggle to negotiate reading and writing in swing time? This 'clinic' aims to help you hear and steer in swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  3. Screen acting: masterclass

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 1 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Work towards greater levels of professional practice in this advanced class. Develop your on-screen performance and enhance your techniques for acting in front of the camera.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  4. Comedy: sitcom writing and performing for TV and digital

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to produce sit-com scripts and recognize the craft behind narrative comedies. Under the guidance of Alan Nixon, Emmy-award winning comedy Director and Producer, discover new ideas, concepts, and formats for the creation of your comedy project. Explore classic and modern sit-coms by identifying the key tricks behind the successful comedies. Tutor: Alan Nixon.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  5. Radio presenting: beginners

    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What makes a good radio presenter? From getting the script off the page and ad-libbing to music presenting and news reading, develop an on air identity, working as live ‘on mic’ each week.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00

  6. Communicate with confidence through voice and body language

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 2 Jun 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how to enhance your vocal and physical impact and presence in many situations and become aware of habits that may hold you back from achieving your full potential. Skills include establishing rapport, assertive posture and gesture, vocal energy, projecting an effective personal style, sensitive listening and communicating with care and conviction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  7. Screen acting: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 3 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Working in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, you'll explore the basic technical skills required for working on camera.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  8. Debating: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 3 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  9. The art of negotiating

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 3 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Negotiation is a communication skill essential in solving problems and reaching your goals. Learn to prepare well and to feel confident using logical and emotional tools to achieve great outcomes.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  10. Voice technique: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will support your extended vocal development with a focus on resonance, tonality and pitch. Open to those who have completed at least one voice course previously as well as professionals looking to refresh their skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  11. Acting improvers: scene work

    Course Date: Thu 4 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    In this new course adapted for an online setting, enjoy reading and discussing a range of scenes in different styles and rehearsing monologues for individual performance. Expand your knowledge of theatrical texts and explore scenes and monologues from home.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  12. Self-presentation skills for business people

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Jun 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your effectiveness as a communicator on this fun but intensive Saturday workshop. You'll learn powerful presentation techniques and life skills from a Voice specialist and Body Language expert.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  13. Screen acting (intensive)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 6 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Working in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, you'll explore the basic technical skills required for working on camera.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  14. Actor's voice: beginners

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and expressiveness.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Technical singing class

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Refresh your singing with a short technical course. Put together an impactful warm up routine, improve your understanding of technique and how it affects your singing. Suitable for intermediate level singers in classical style.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

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