Performing arts

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 You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email

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. World music: an introduction
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Explore a range of musical traditions from around the world: Indian raga and Bollywood; Ghanaian and South African grooves; Ottoman makam and Klezmer; Samba and Salsa. Listen for characteristic features and learn about the cultural settings in which they are produced. NB Break week: 1 Nov. 2024.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £174.00
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  2. Stage and screen: A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Course start date:  Fri 2 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Shakespeare’s play takes us into a complex world of an aristocratic wedding, a bickering human love-triangle, a blundering group of well-meaning yokels, and above all a shimmering, wondrous realm where the fairy King and Queen play out other-worldly drama, catching everyone else in their gossamer web. With this as our starting-point, we look at how composers, librettists, choreographers, lyricists and filmmakers have interpreted the story in multiple ways, adapting it for their own time and circumstances. Break week: May 30th, 2025.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £174.00
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