Acting & Theatre Courses & Classes in London

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.

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

Any questions? Call us on 020 7492 2542 or email drama@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. Foundation in Drama (Extended Certificate Level 2)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to be an actor? This intensive and practical 1 day per week course, which you can build around other commitments, provides classes in the core disciplines of acting, voice and movement, working towards a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts awarded by OCN London. Entry is by audition. For more information contact Drama on (020) 7492 2542 or email the Drama Department

    Course dates: Induction 11 Jan

    Term 1 18 Jan - 4 Apr Term 2/3 25 Apr - 1 Aug Exit tutorials 8 Aug.
    Full fee: £1,549.00
    Senior fee: £1,549.00
    Concession: £982.00

  2. Alexander technique for performers

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the Alexander Technique as a tool to improve freedom of movement, breath and speech during performance. In this course you will learn to release habitual tension and develop kinaesthetic awareness using AT embodied mindfulness. You will explore how to gain spontaneity, presence and physical expression of characters through movement.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  3. Actor's voice: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This thorough and fun improvers' course will benefit your further vocal development as an actor or professional speaker. You will consolidate work on breath support and explore pitch and resonance.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Stanislavski: improvers

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this improvers class you will explore character building in greater depth. Develop emotional expressivity, a character’s inner life, and scene analysis tools.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  5. Acting: beginners

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 12 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course designed for people with little or no experience. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting environment.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00

  6. Stand-up comedy: develop your material

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your stand-up comedy skills in this improver's class. A comprehensive and supportive workshop where you can create new material and enhance your impact as you develop new techniques and writing insights. Break weeks: 4 & 25 May.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  7. Stand-up comedy: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the main skills you need to write and perform stand-up comedy. For anyone who has ever made their friends laugh.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  8. Actor's voice: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and expressiveness.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00

  9. Directing theatre: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A beginner's course exploring the practical elements of directing for the theatre.



    Work on text analysis and begin to build your director’s toolkit. Learn to motivate actors and create believable, engaging performances as you explore a range of modern texts.



    You will also act in some scenes. No acting experience is necessary.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  10. Comedy: sketch writing and performing for stage, TV and digital

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to write and perform comedy for television. Find new inspiration to get your ideas flowing under the guidance of a multi-award-winning director and producer. Tutor: Alan Nixon.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  11. Acting improvers: exploring text

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take a closer look at the world of the play through detailed text analysis and improvisation. Continue your development as you explore games, exercises, and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes from great writers. Consolidate skills and deepen your understanding in a safe, supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Stanislavski: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the system of realistic acting that most professional actors use today — the approach to training, characterisation and rehearsal technique developed by the legendary Konstantin Stanislavski.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  13. Reading English literature aloud: early 20th century

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels by early 20th century writers including E M Forster; Agatha Christie; Daphne Du Maurier and F Scott Fitzgerald.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  14. Play-reading

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into different plays. These fun and friendly sessions are for people who would like to read and discuss plays under the guidance of a theatre professional. Working in a supportive atmosphere you will read out loud and discuss the main themes of a range of both contemporary and classic texts.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  15. Debating: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    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.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

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