Acting and theatre

Acting & Theatre Courses & Classes in London and Online

We offer a vibrant, vigorous, creative choice of full, part-time and short acting and theatre courses and classes that reach to all adults whatever their background, age and aspiration - from acting to technical production, musical theatre to stage combat and much more. Many of our drama tutors are professional practitioners, offering inspiration to students at all levels, from beginners to professional performers.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Hear from Jacqueline Quinn who has studied on several acting courses at City Lit and find out more about her experiences of acting, training and performing.

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  1. Acting for fun
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An acting class purely for the joy of it! This online course is suitable complete beginners, those with a little experience, and anyone wanting to enjoy acting exercises and scenes in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Gain confidence, make friends, develop new skills and have fun. There will be fresh material and new scenes to explore every term.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Acting workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your acting skills in this fun and challenging workshop. Develop your technique as you explore text and a range of excerices designed to help you create an authentic and truthful performance.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  3. Drama therapy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Investigate the role and function of Dramatherapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will develop some of the essential skills and use a range of methods to engage with others. Fun and insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. Movement for actors
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An actors most important tool is their body!



    Having an awareness of space and presence and utilising the body to help carve engaging, full-born characters is vital in theatre, whether this be during improvisation, delivering a monologue or throughout the process of a performance. It's important to have the tools to do this!



    This course aims to give every member an introductory “toolkit” you can take away with you, freeing your body, exploring character technique, enhancing your improvisational and performance intuition and becoming confident in your craft.



    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  5. Comedy improvisation
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Have fun acting, with theatre games and character exercises. Build your confidence, meet new people while you will learn and practice the key techniques needed for performing improvised comedy scenes.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00
  6. Audition ready
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how an audition panel sees you in order to maximise your chances of success. You will work on your audition repertoire in this workshop to build a solid base of audition pieces. Ideal if you applying for drama school or preparing for industry castings.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  7. Introduction to acting
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fun one day intensive encounter with the acting process. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Stage management and technical theatre production
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is designed for students who have an interest in learning stage management skills. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain practical technical experience in our inhouse theatre, supporting the CL Theatre company production of Animal Farm. Suitable for beginners or those with previous experience.







    Please see the the following link to



    DRA140 City Lit Theatre Company course outline on our website for further information about the production.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £199.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  9. Improve your wellbeing through acting
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.



    This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  10. The Acting room
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A session for anyone who has suffered from anxiety or depression, requires contact adjustments or simply wants to work on texts and exercises in a relaxed atmosphere, or if you have been a little nervous about joining an acting class. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  11. City Lit Theatre Company: Animal Farm
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A wonderful opportunity to be part of a theatre company working alongside technical students and an experienced professional theatre director to stage a play from scratch in six weeks. Use your previous practical training in acting in the context of the performance of a full production of Animal Farm in the John Lyons Theatre at City Lit.







    Please make sure you read the details below which gives days and times of rehearsals and performance week.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £299.00
  12. Laban: The Eight Efforts
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Rudolf Laban was a movement theorist, choreographer and a dancer; today his work is a core element within actor training. Laban has Eight Efforts to explore and are used as a way to extend an actor’s movement vocabulary and ability to play characters physically. His Effort work can be thought of as a way of identifying the ‘quality’ of our movement during action.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. Improvisation
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Enrich and develop your skills in this improvisation course. Working in a safe and supportive atmosphere, you will learn and practice the key techniques needed for performing effective improvisations.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  14. Acting for wellbeing
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  15. Stanislavski workshop: an actor prepares
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Deepen your understanding and emotional expressivity as you work towards deeper levels of practice in this workshop. Suitable for beginners and experienced students alike who wish to develop greater sincerity, authenticity and depth in their acting. Explore the principles of psychological realism pioneered by Stanislavski and developed by the Method practioners to enrich and enhance your performances and characterisations. Learn new skills and hone existing ones in this supportive and expressive environment.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100

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