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. Improvisation

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 5 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of techniques and exercises that will enrich the fluency and freedom of your improvisation skills.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  2. Stage management and technical theatre production

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The core session times are Mondays and Fridays 18:30-21:30. Sessions will increase to include Sundays 11:00 – 16:30 from the 1st March 2020 onwards. This is to work in line with the CL Theatre company rehearsals. Individual call times may vary but 100% attendance is required whenever you are called.* Please note attendance at required Sunday sessions will be dependent on the technical role that you are allocated within the tech team. You will need an ability and willingness to have some flexibility.



    This course will give you an excellent introduction to what is involved in Stage Managing a theatre production. You will also gain insight into lighting and sound. Following some preliminary practical sessions, you will go on to develop your skills while working as part of the student technical team, supporting the CL Theatre Company show. This is a unique and excellent opportunity to gain ‘hands on’ experience. This course is suitable for beginners or those with some previous experience.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £269.00

  3. Introduction to Method acting

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 12 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Develop and build on your acting skills as you work for greater emotional, physical and psychological truth. This course is designed for beginners and for those with some acting experience.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  4. Lecoq technique: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Jacques Lecoq’s style of theatre training is in the body, it involves exploration of ourselves and the world we live in with a sense of curious play. Lecoq revolutionised the format of theatre craft and his style and techniques are recognised as essential tools to any professional working actor, in its most basic or grandest of themes. It is a style that hugs you warmly and sticks with you, adaptable and diverse.

    The Lecoq technique is about the performers engagement, listening physically and their connection in the space, working together as an ensemble, devising your own work and finding new ways to do it are essential.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Stand-up comedy: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 2 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. Break weeks 6 & 13 April (Easter), 4 May, 25 May.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. City Lit theatre company

    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An exciting chance to apply your previous training in voice, movement, improvisation and characterisation in the context of performance before an audience. You will work as a company towards a full-scale production, adopting industry values and standards.Course times: Mondays and Fridays 18.30 - 21.30 and Sundays 11.00 – 16.30.You will also need to be available each evening and all day Saturday during production week: Monday 30 March to Saturday 4 April 2020. Please click the pink button to start your application.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  7. Use your voice assertively

    Course Date: Mon 24 Feb 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  8. Comedy: writing for online, radio and podcast

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create, develop, and write comedy sketches through analysing clips, writing exercises, and some practical exploration in our TV & Radio studio. Create your own sketches, monologues, and one-liners. Learn about pitching and submitting your work.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00

  9. Audition ready

    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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 to build a solid base of classical and contemporary audition pieces.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  10. Debating: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Debating requires the ability to speak English persuasively in public and, crucially, to respond rapidly to other people’s objections to what you say. We will cover the theory and practice of debating, and you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style. A great mental workout.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  11. Clear speech. Photo: Mikhail Gorbunov

    Clear Speech

    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This intensive course is ideal if you seek greater clarity and confidence in how you communicate. Suitable for anyone for whom English is the first language. Non- native speakers should attend English Pronunciation Stage 1.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  12. Debating: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 Feb 2020 (and 3 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

  13. Acting improvers: character work

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills and experience as you explore various techniques for building character. This improvers course is fun and a great confidence builder. It will spark the imagination to enable you to create distinctive characters in both text based work and improvised scenarios.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  14. Voice technique: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  15. The Acting room: developing potential

    Course Date: Fri 28 Feb 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This comprehensive acting course is ideal for anyone who may require a little more time, support and adjustment as you engage in the acting process. All levels are welcome. Develop your potential through text, improvisation and scene work.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

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