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. Practical voice

    New
    Course Date: Wed 13 Nov 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression.
    Full fee: £79.00

  2. Comedy: sketch writing and performing (intensive)

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Dec 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to create, write, perform and edit comedy material for TV. Working under the guidance of a multi and Emmy award wining director and producer you will gain recording studio experience and basic editing skills.

    This course is for complete beginners but is also ideal for those progressing from DMP050 writing for radio.
    Full fee: £59.00

  3. Clowning

    New
    Course Date: Fri 13 Dec 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Awaken the Clown that is in you through this exciting and playful 2 day course!
    Full fee: £99.00

  4. Stanislavski: improvers

    New
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this improvers class you will explore character building in greater depth. Develop emotional expressivity, a character’s inner life, and scene analysis tools.
    Full fee: £219.00

  5. Actor's voice: improvers

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This thorough and fun improvers' course will benefit your further vocal development as an actor or professional speaker. You will consolidate work on breath support and explore pitch and resonance.
    Full fee: £79.00

  6. Stand-up comedy: develop your material

    New Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Full fee: £109.00

  7. Comedy: writing and performing for TV

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to perform and film comedy sketches and scenes on this intensive course that will explore comedy material for the camera.
    Full fee: £169.00

  8. Acting improvers: exploring text

    New
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jan 2020 (and 2 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.
    Full fee: £199.00

  9. Reading English literature aloud: early 20th century

    New
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels and verse plays by early 20th century writers including E M Forster; Agatha Christie; Daphne Du Maurier and F Scott Fitzgerald.
    Full fee: £139.00

  10. Speaking Shakespeare

    New
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will work with Shakespearean text for sense, rhythm and emotional truth. We will discuss and workshop speeches and scenes from Richard III and Henry VIII. The course may include a visit to Lincoln's Inn Library. We will discuss and workshop speeches and scenes from Richard III and Henry VIII.

    Tutor: Vernon Thompson.
    Full fee: £109.00

  11. Improvisation: improvers

    New
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich the fluency and freedom of your improvisation on this improver's course. We'll explore various methods of rehearsing and performing.
    Full fee: £189.00

  12. Voice practitioners: masterclass

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will explore through practical exercises the basic methodology of two leading voice practitioners as selected by the tutor, themselves a Voice expert, and thus establish the best process for your own development.

    This term: Houseman: Finding Your Voice and McCallion: The Voice Book.
    Full fee: £99.00

  13. Storytelling for business and pleasure 2

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the dynamics of telling stories to motivate, articulate and communicate in the workplace, allowing your imagination free range, connecting your voice to your body and using them to express yourself in an organic and interesting way. The ancient art of listening to, sharing and telling stories is as relevant to the business world as to social interaction.
    Full fee: £139.00

  14. Comedy: writing for online, audio and podcast

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 25 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to perform comedy sketches for radio and podcasts. Explore classics shows and be inspired to develop your performance.
    Full fee: £169.00

  15. Acting improvers: character work

    New
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills and experience as you explore various techniques for building character. This improvers course is fun and a great confidence builder. It will spark the imagination to enable you to create distinctive characters in both text based work and improvised scenarios.
    Full fee: £89.00

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