Performing arts - Keeley Street

Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London and Online

City Lit offers performing arts courses in the heart of Covent Garden in Central London during the evening, daytime and at weekends. Explore our range of subjects including acting(including accredited acting courses)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic theory and history

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist advisor to help you choose the right level. If you would you like some help or advice:

For music courses email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email drama@citylit.ac.uk

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Acting: advanced
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 29 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Bowen
    Practise and develop your acting skills by rehearsing scenes with an experienced tutor and actor. This course is suitable for experienced students who have completed a range of our acting courses or who have gained suitable experience elsewhere.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
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  2. Acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 3 Jul 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    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 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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  3. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    All cultures respect the world of Story. The ability to tell Stories, in a variety of settings, is a skill that has seen a strong resurgence both in the workplace and in contemporary performance. Gain greater confidence in your communication skills and apply this to your wider experience. This course will be delivered online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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  4. Cello 2A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    If you have completed Cello level 1 or have had at least one year’s tuition (playing at around grade 1 standard), come and explore cello technique and repertoire, including ensemble music. We welcome players who are returning to the cello after a break. Continues to Cello 2B next term.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  5. Classical guitar: advanced
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Rowden
    For experienced classical guitar players, you will work on scales and arpeggios at grades 7 & 8, and learn to play fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin/Spanish and contemporary music.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  6. Cello 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Learn the basics of playing this warm and mellow instrument in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. For complete beginners. Continues to Cello 1B next term.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  7. Clarinet repertoire workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This course is for students who have a minimum of four years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 5 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  8. Piano/keyboards 3C
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    Work on grade 3 standard repertoire to improve your hand coordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £160.00
  9. Clarinet 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    Learn the basics of playing clarinet in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. Suitable for complete beginners.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  10. Acting for radio: Theatre Company
    Course start date:  Wed 29 May 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Become part of a radio repertory company and take part in creating and recording for broadcast a performance of a radio play. This term we will be performing scenes from Oscar Wilde's Importance Of Being Earnest. In addition, there will be a public performance of a reading of the play on Thursday 18th July. This advanced course is for those with previous experience in acting and radio, either through courses or industry. Please click on Start Your Interview to apply; the Drama Department will contact you to progress your application. *Applications for DMA009 (May 2024) are now CLOSED. Please apply for DMA007 starting in September 2024.*.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £125.00
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