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. Stage management and technical theatre production

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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 3rd of November 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 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

  2. Laban: The Eight Efforts

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rudolf Laban was a movement theorist, a choreographer and a dancer. His Effort work can be thought of as a way of identifying the ‘quality’ of our movement during action. Laban has Eight Efforts to explore and used as a way to extend an actor’s movement vocabulary and ability to play characters physically.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. City Lit theatre company

    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: Mon 2 Dec to Sat 7 Dec 2019. Please click the pink button to start your application.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £164.00

  4. Improvisation: general

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 28 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich the fluency and freedom of your improvisation on this improvers course. We'll explore various methods of

    rehearsing and performing.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  5. Directing theatre: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Broaden your skills and explore your director's voice in greater depth. Work on various modern and classical pieces, and select your own material.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. Comedy: sitcom writing and performing for TV

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 29 Oct 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create, write, perform and edit a radio sketch show. No prior editing experience necessary. Leave the course with professionally recorded comedy sketches, scripts for your portfolio, recording studio experience and audio editing skills.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  7. Audition ready

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  8. Debating: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (and 4 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

  9. Clear speech. Photo: Mikhail Gorbunov

    Clear speech

    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  10. Debating: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Oct 2019 (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

  11. Voice technique: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 31 Oct 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  12. Improve your speaking voice

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 1 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence by improving your communication skills in the workplace. This course is not for non-native speakers, who should enrol onto Pronunciation and Self - Presentation for Speakers of Other Languages.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  13. Drama therapy: intermediate

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 2 Nov 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the role and function of drama therapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will explore aspects of Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre as methods for engaging with others. Fun, insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  14. Find and use your teacher voice

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 3 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you a teacher of adult, secondary or primary level, either established or in training? Improve the way you communicate with students through appropriate and structured vocal exercises and thus develop your practice.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  15. Movement for actors

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Good acting relies on the instrument of our body!

    In this course we will build a ‘movement toolbox’ that allows the actor to engage with a responsive body to create movement stories, solo and in relationship with others. You will learn skills that allow anyone interested in acting to find ease of expression, presence, physical instinct and spontaneity. Come prepared to have serious fun!
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

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