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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music theory and history

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

Browse our Performing Arts courses below and enrol today!

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

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers - the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers - the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning this Christmas. Gift vouchers are available from just £10 and can be used to book a place on any of our online and London-based courses including art, languages, dance classes, poetry, and much more.
    From: £10.00

  2. How to present and interact on Zoom

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 24 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you use Zoom for business meetings or communications? How do you come across? Would you like to improve your image, sound, background, performance, voice? This is a non-technical course for people who want to look and sound their best on Zoom, with advice, tips and tricks to enhance your video calls simply, whether you’re at home or in the office.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  3. Introduction to electronic music

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The course is an overview of the history of electronic music in the 20th and 21st centuries and the concepts, technology and aesthetic ideologies that underpin the developments that took place.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  4. Nine lessons and carols: a brief history

    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is a Service of nine lessons and carols? Where did it begin and how has it become associated with the chapel and choir of King’s College, Cambridge? Explore the cultural and musical history of this service in our short online course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  5. Great works: Tallis Fantasia

    Course Date: Thu 3 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Come and explore Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (also known as the Tallis Fantasia) by Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of the best-known works for string orchestra and previously voted a ‘top five’ work by radio station Classic FM.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Burlesque: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 4 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Our fun taster sessions are a great way to try a class and to meet our friendly team of professionals who will guide you through some of the basics and answer your questions, so you can be sure that a course is right for you. As well as being a dynamic introduction to a creative discipline, these sessions give you a clear idea of what you can expect. Open to anyone with or without previous experience.

    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 visit 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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  7. TV presenting for beginners (intensive)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a TV presenter, but been unsure where to start? Discover your TV presenting potential. Learn how to present to camera, read autocue, memorise a piece to camera, interview and talk to time.

    Sessions

    Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 December 14:00 - 17:00

    Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 December 14:00 - 17:00.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  8. Mime: taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Our fun taster session is a great way to try a class and to meet our friendly team of professionals who will guide you through some of the basics and answer your questions, so you can be sure that a course is right for you. As well as being a dynamic introduction to a creative discipline, these sessions give you a clear idea of what you can expect. Open to anyone interested in dance, with or without previous experience.

    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 visit 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: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  9. Screen acting: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore your on screen potential in this screen acting taster course. This course is suitable for both those new to screen-acting or for more advanced students who can experience the incredible value of working in an online environment to enhance their development.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  10. Christmas crooners

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Sparkly jumpers, snow and tinsel, a stool, a mic, and a crooner: join me in exploring the singers, arrangers and repertoire of sentimental but strangely compelling festive schmaltz, just in time to join in ourselves.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  11. BBC radiophonic workshop techniques

    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore and exploit techniques typical of a late 1950s electroacoustic music studio such as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Oscillators, filters, modulators, tape recorders and mixers will be studied via BERNA emulation software.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Comedy writing and performing: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore your comedy writing and performance potential under the guidance of an Emmy-award winning comedy producer/director. Alan Nixon shares the skills behind creating powerful comedy using classic and modern techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  13. Acting: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ever wanted to try acting? This taster course is about discovering the pleasure of acting and ideal for those new or returning to drama. In this fun and supportive environment, you will gain a clearer insight into what is involved in one of our longer courses.

    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: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  14. Accents: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Expand your skillset as an actor or as someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by exploring one British regional accent in this fun taster class, which 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: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. A lesson in carols

    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Transport yourself into a joyous frame of mind and festive spirit as you sing through some of the most beautiful settings of well-known carols. Explore harmonic textures, musical interpretations, get technical tips for tricky corners and enjoy these wonderful pieces in a magical online atmosphere! This course is paired with Nine lessons and caorls: a brief history.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

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