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. Acting Shakespeare (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    A one-day workshop exploring scenes from two Shakespeare comedies, Twelfth Night and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Broaden and develop your acting skills in an intensive encounter with Shakespeare!
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £51.00
  2. Radio and podcast presenting: advanced (online)
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    This is an opportunity to take your love of radio to the next level. The course supports you with a tutor-editor to craft a pre-recorded radio programme or extended feature on a subject of your choice, mixing interview clips, music and sound effects into your own production. This course will be delivered online and is supported by a media technician.



    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 £139.00
  3. Narration for podcast and documentary
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Jun 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Spencer
    A fun and intensive course about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes podcasts, 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! The course will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  4. Directing theatre (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Working with an experienced theatre director, explore the multiple aspects of directing theatre productions, including rehearsal preparation, text analysis and research, collaborating with the design team, and techniques for getting the best performances from actors.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
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  5. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: improvers
    Course start date:  Wed 3 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Explore microphone techniques and demands across different areas of acting work in radio and podcasts. For those who have completed a beginners’ course or have previous relevant industry experience. This course will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  6. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Apr 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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
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  7. Narration for podcast and documentary (intensive)
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Spencer
    A fun and intensive workshop all about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes podcasts, 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!
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
  8. Pentatonics and beyond: improvising in popular music
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Study how to improvise in popular music. These practical sessions are for players of any instrument. Get to grips with improvisation in this exploration of common scales and approaches to improv in pop, rock, blues, folk and jazz. We’ll look at blues scales, pentatonics, extension notes and more to help you get the most out of your improvisation.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £76.00
  9. Combining voice and Pilates
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    This innovative and one-off workshop shows you how to integrate modified Pilates movements with voice training as a holistic approach to voice, starting at breath release and progressing into phonation and resonance. Through this combination you may begin to find a link between body and voice through the core muscles of support. A fun but intensive Saturday workshop in the college.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
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  10. Orchestra workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey, Simon Rigby
    A fun, intensive workshop for players of orchestral instruments of Grade 6 level upwards, with good music reading skills. Please click the 'Start your interview' button to apply; the Music Office will then contact you.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
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  11. Classical singing workshop: summer
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 10 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trevor Alexander
    A lively short workshop class for singers with some solo experience: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £104.00
  12. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    This popular course explores musical theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing and 'acting through song' technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £167.00
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  13. Musicianship for singers: introduction
    Course start date:  Fri 12 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Beckmann
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the singing. This introductory course is for any singer who would like more understanding about the music they sing.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
  14. TV presenting for beginners (intensive)
    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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