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. Comedy improvisation

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich and develop your comedy skills in this improvisation 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: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  2. Comedy: sitcom writing and performing for TV and digital

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 27 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to produce sit-com scripts and recognize the craft behind narrative comedies. Under the guidance of Alan Nixon, Emmy-award winning comedy Director and Producer, discover new ideas, concepts, and formats for the creation of your comedy project. Explore classic and modern sit-coms by identifying the key tricks behind the successful comedies. 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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  3. Acting for wellbeing

    Course Date: Tue 27 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.

    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  4. Clear speech. Photo: Mikhail Gorbunov

    Clear speech

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  5. Debating: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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. This term the course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  6. Practical voice

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This term the course will be taught online; the tutor's approach is rooted in non-visual assessment.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  7. Play-reading

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Come together with others to explore the work of different playwrights, share the spoken word and gain insight into differnet 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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  8. Acting through improvisation

    Acting through improvisation

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Enrich the fluency and freedom of your improvisation on this practical course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  9. Voice technique: improvers

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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. This course will be taught online.

    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: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  10. Improve your speaking voice

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 30 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  11. Drama therapy: intermediate

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    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.

    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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  12. 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.

    Entry is by audition*, and the course is accredited by OCN London, with access to Advanced Learner Loans which will cover the bulk of the course fee. For more information contact audition@citylit.ac.uk



    *Please note that due to the Covid 19 pandemic auditions are currently being held online until further notice. Entry is by audition, and the course is accredited by OCN London, with access to Advanced Learner Loans for the course fee. For more information email Drama Department

    Course times: Thursdays 17:30 – 21:30 and Saturdays 10:00 – 17:30

    Sunday 10:00 - 17:30 on these dates only 10 January, 28 March, 11 April, 23 May.

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

    If you’re 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’re 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

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