Acting and theatre

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 Jacqueline Quinn 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. Acting for wellbeing
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00
  2. Stanislavski workshop: an actor prepares
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Deepen your understanding and emotional expressivity as you work towards deeper levels of practice in this workshop. Suitable for beginners and experienced students alike who wish to develop greater sincerity, authenticity and depth in their acting. Explore the principles of psychological realism pioneered by Stanislavski and developed by the Method practioners to enrich and enhance your performances and characterisations. Learn new skills and hone existing ones in this supportive and expressive 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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  3. Play-reading
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. Acting Shakespeare: monologues and scenes
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Rehearse scenes and speeches from various Shakespeare's plays in this class suitable for all levels including those new to Shakespeare. Create vivid performances that are both true to life and true to Shakespeare’s language.



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  5. Acting for fun
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    An acting class purely for the joy of it! This course is suitable complete beginners, those with a little experience, and anyone wanting to enjoy acting exercises and scenes in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Gain confidence, make friends, develop new skills and have fun. There will be fresh material and new scenes to explore every term.



    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
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  6. Acting workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your acting skills in this fun and stimulating workshop. Develop your technique as you explore text and a range of exercises designed to help you create an authentic and truthful performance.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  7. Acting: improvers
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Oct 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding 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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  8. Acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. 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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  9. Comedy improvisation
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Have fun acting, with theatre games and character exercises. Build your confidence, meet new people while you will learn and practice the key techniques needed for performing improvised comedy scenes.



    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
  10. Comedy: writing for radio, online and podcast
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    There’s a new demand for comedy online from sketch shows to podcasts. Emmy-award winning comedy producer, Alan Nixon, shares the skills behind creating your own comedy style using classic and modern techniques. Discover or enhance your ‘comedy voice’, meet fellow comedy enthusiasts and gain inspiration.



    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. Method acting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover and practice some of the key exercises from the Method. Drawing on Uta Hagen’s work in a Challenge for the Actor, you will develop core acting skills gaining relaxation, confidence and authenticity in your performance ability as well as an understanding of the principles of method acting.



    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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
  12. Directing theatre: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the practical elements of directing for the theatre, working on text analysis and beginning to build your director’s toolkit. Learn to motivate actors and create believable, engaging performances as you explore a range of modern texts.



    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 £189.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. Drama therapy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Investigate the role and function of Dramatherapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will develop some of the essential skills and use a range of methods to engage with others. Fun and 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 £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. Teaching drama
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Train to teach drama to learners of all ages. Explore various types of drama workshops and teaching methodologies, and gain new drama teaching skills.



    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 £87.00 Concession £66.00
  15. Lecoq technique: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022

    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.



    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 Concession £73.00

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