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 Charlotte Keith 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. Mime: taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Our fun taster session is a great way to try a class and to meet our friendly team of professionals who will guide you through some of the basics and answer your questions, so you can be sure that a course is right for you. As well as being a dynamic introduction to a creative discipline, these sessions give you a clear idea of what you can expect. Open to anyone interested in dance, with or without previous experience.

    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 visit to the studio.

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    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: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  2. Comedy writing and performing: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore your comedy writing and performance potential under the guidance of an Emmy-award winning comedy producer/director. Alan Nixon shares the skills behind creating powerful comedy using classic and modern techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  3. Acting: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to try acting? This taster course is about discovering the pleasure of acting and ideal for those new or returning to drama. In this fun and supportive environment, you will gain a clearer insight into what is involved in one of our longer courses.

    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: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  4. Acting online: taster

    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Ever wanted to try acting? This taster course is about discovering the pleasure of acting and ideal for those new or returning to drama who want to experience working in an online environment. In this fun class, you will gain a clear insight into the value of developing your skills on one of our longer online courses.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  5. Clowning

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Awaken the Clown that is in you through this exciting and playful two-day course!

    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

  6. Acting Diploma (Level 3)

    Evening
    Course Date: Sat 9 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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. You will work towards a Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts awarded by OCN London.

    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 and speech on 020 7492 2542.

    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: £2,500.00
    Senior fee: £2,500.00
    Concession: £2,500.00

  7. Stand-up comedy: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the main skills you need to write and perform stand-up comedy. This online course is suitable for complete beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  8. Actor's voice: beginners

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    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 is primarily aimed at actors in training and those wishing to maintain good vocal regime.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Stand-up comedy: develop your material

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your stand-up comedy skills in this improver's class. A comprehensive and supportive online workshop where you can create new material and enhance your impact as you develop new techniques and writing insights.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  10. Improvisation workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich the fluency and freedom of your improvisation.. We'll explore various methods of rehearsing and performing in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

    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

  11. Acting improvers: exploring text

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    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 exercises, and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven scripts and scenes from great writers. Consolidate skills and deepen your understanding in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. Use your voice assertively

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Stanislavski: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the system of realistic acting that most professional actors use toda: the approach to training, characterisation and rehearsal technique developed by the legendary Konstantin Stanislavski.

    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: £121.00

  14. Combining voice and Pilates

    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This innovative course shows you how to integrate modified Pilates movements with voice training as a holistic approach to voice, starting at breath release and progressing into phonation and resonance. Through this combination you may begin to find a link between body and voice through the core muscles of support.

    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

  15. Debating: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    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: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

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