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 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. TV presenting for beginners (intensive)
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Grant
    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. All this in one weekend!
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £118.00
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  2. Flute and clarinet choir
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsey Fillingham
    Open to intermediate/advanced flutes and clarinets to play a range of musical styles (including classical and pop) in a group. Great for sight-reading and ensemble skills! Alto flute, piccolo, Eb and bass clarinets welcome.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
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  3. Core energetics workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Aug 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    This weekend course explores a body-mind practice designed to enhance participants' self-awareness, vivacity, creativity and focus. CORE is a means to opening up physically, helping you to become aware of your energy flow and how to come fully into this energy. Based in modern psychology, science and spiritual principles, CORE has been designed to create whole-body-mind awareness and is a fun way to explore who you are and how you are.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00
  4. Contemporary dance intensive
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Aug 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    Learn how to express your physicality in a dynamic fashion and gain basic knowledge of the main principles of contemporary dance, with influences from other techniques. General level - suitable for both beginners and improvers.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £34.00
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  5. Come and sing: Rodgers and Hammerstein
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Aug 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Siobhan Blake, Richard Hartley Wilson
    Rodgers and Hammerstein - Together they created a series of innovative and influential American musicals. Their musical theatre writing partnership has been called the greatest of the 20th century. We will be looking at some of the big ensemble numbers from shows such as Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music alongside a couple of lesser known shows. Alongside soloists required for the ensemble numbers you are invited to bring a piece of your choosing from the vast catalogue of songs by these exceptional composers. Please write to music@citylit.ac.uk with your choice of solo.



















    Please contact music@citylit.ac.uk if you would like to sing solo.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
  6. Narration for podcast and documentary (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Nov 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    A fun and intensive weekend workshop all about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice! This course will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
  7. Character voices (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Apr 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    Character voices aren’t just for cartoons. Learn the tools and techniques you need to create new and unique character voices or to accurately imitate a historical or contemporary voice for animation, stage and screen. This course will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
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