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. Movement for actors

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    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 return 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  2. Use your voice assertively

    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Laban: The Eight Efforts

    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Rudolf Laban was a movement theorist, choreographer and a dancer; today his work is a core element within actor training. Laban has Eight Efforts to explore and are used as a way to extend an actor’s movement vocabulary and ability to play characters physically. His Effort work can be thought of as a way of identifying the ‘quality’ of our movement during action.

    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: £95.00

  4. 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

  5. Acting: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 27 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course designed for people with little or no experience. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting environment.

    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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Debating: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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 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

  10. 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

  11. Practical voice

    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. The Acting room: developing potential

    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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.

    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: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

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