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.

Some 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. Classical acting
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Broaden your skills and discover the freedom to act with classical text in a safe and supportive environment. Gain the confidence to build truthful characters through various practical exercises and scene work.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £91.00
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  2. Comedy skills: an introduction to writing and delivery
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alan Nixon
    Learn how to create, write, and perform comedy material for stage and TV. Working under the guidance of an Emmy award winning comedy producer / director you gain insights into the craft behind successful comedy. This course is for complete beginners but is also ideal for those looking to brush up their comedy skills. Tutor: Alan Nixon.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  3. Stage combat: workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    Explore unarmed combat and develop a selection of moves to combine in to a choreographed sequence!



    A well-executed fight scene can make stage combat look easy but, much like dancing, it must be intricately choreographed and extensively rehearsed, to provide that authentic feel while remaining safe. Suitable for everyone.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £40.00
  4. Acting for wellbeing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises in this one day course. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  5. Actor summer school: improvers
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft, Juliet Prague
    A five day intensive course designed to enhance your skills and develop your confidence in acting. Explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven scripts and scenes. Ideal for those who have completed a beginner’s level course.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
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  6. Mime: workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    When we imagine Mime we might think of the cliche trapped in a box, however that’s just the basics. This fun intensive one day workshop, will explore the fundamental techniques and skills required towards using your body as the primary source of expression in performance, which will leave you with a lasting understanding of the key physical principles required for any performer today.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £40.00
  7. Acting: scenework
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 16 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Consolidate your techniques as you rehearse and perform in a duologue and/or a monologue from a published play text in this intensive practical course.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
  8. Acting Diploma (Level 3)
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley, Sean Croft, Simon Darwen, Jayne Denny, Gary Grant, Kelly Manteli, Deirdre Strath Clyde, Vernon Thompson, Martin Wimpress, Lloyd Wylde
    An exciting and rigorous one-year part-time training in the core disciplines of acting. Taught by industry professionals, this course will build your craft as an actor and is ideal for anyone intending to enter full time training at drama school.



    The course fee is £2225, plus an upfront fee of £275 payable at the time of your enrolment.



    If you are unable to pay the course fee upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the cost. The Advanced Learning Loan is written off on completion of a Higher Education degree course. You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans



    If you are unable to pay the upfront fee, you can talk to our Information, Advice and Guidance team who will advise you on other financial support available. You can contact the Advice and Guidance Team by phone on 020 7492 2500 or by email: advice@citylit.ac.uk



    For more information, please call Drama, Dance & Speech on 020 7492 2542.
    Full fee £2,500.00 Senior fee £2,500.00 Concession £2,500.00
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  9. Acting: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting environment.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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  10. Stanislavski: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  11. Comedy improvisation
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Phoenix
    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.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
  12. Acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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  13. Acting: advanced
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Practise and develop your acting skills by rehearsing in depth scenes from contemporary plays or a whole short play. These will be performed in the college's John Lyons Theatre to an invited audience at the end of the course. This course is suitable for students who have completed a broad range of our acting courses at beginners and improvers level or who have gained suitable experience elsewhere.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £194.00
  14. Movement for actors
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    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.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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  15. Stand-up comedy: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Hitchmough
    Explore the main skills you need to write and perform stand-up comedy. This course is suitable for complete beginners.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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    86% of 100

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