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 courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. 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. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Acting for wellbeing
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Increase your physical and emotional wellbeing through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  2. Acting Shakespeare
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Darwen
    Rehearse scenes and speeches from various Shakespeare's plays. Create vivid performances that are both true to life and true to Shakespeare’s language.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
  3. Acting for fun
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    An acting class purely for the joy of it! This course is suitable for complete beginners, those with a little experience, and anyone wanting to enjoy acting exercises and scenes in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Gain confidence, make friends, develop new skills and have fun.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  4. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giles Abbott
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  5. Voiceovers: advanced
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    Expanding on the skills mastered in the Improvers course, you will gain deeper experience in microphone and voiceover techniques, working towards a higher professional standard. This more challenging course will provide you with a focused range of audio/voiceover materials.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  6. Acting: scenework
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Consolidate your techniques as you rehearse and perform in a duologue and/or a monologue from a published play text in this intensive practical course.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
  7. Acting improvers: character work
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Develop your acting skills and build confidence on this improvers course. Using both improvisation and text, we will explore various techniques for building distinctive characters, with an emphasis on playful discovery and fun!
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  8. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hollingworth
    Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? Explore vocal skills and techniques required in these areas and identify what style works for you. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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    100% of 100
  9. Introduction to film music
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Music has always been an important part of film-going, filling the silence and creating sometimes startling effects. We will look at the way directors have used music to enhance, enrich and enthral audiences from cinema’s earliest days.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  10. Amy Beach: an introduction
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton




    In the last few decades of the nineteenth century, as American composers were starting to determine their own nationalist approach to art music, the brilliant pianist and composer Amy Beach was a hugely popular figure in US musical life – in defiance of her family and husband. Come and learn about this symphonist who offered her own ‘reply’ to Dvorák’s Symphony ‘From the New World’.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  11. Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Learn to create your own more original tracks by manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Tap dance: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    Practice and improve your basic Tap skills and increase your vocabulary of steps and sequences. Gain a greater understanding of rhythm, tempo and syncopation. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  13. Choir at lunchtime
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Come and spend your lunchtime singing a range of music, in interesting choral arrangements. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime! Break week 20th Feb 2023.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  14. Dance 60+
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    Join our weekly dance and movement classes to improve mobility, posture, balance and coordination. Our aim is to inspire older men and women to get creative with dance and movement.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  15. Floor barre: general level
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dilek Taptik
    Floor barre is a wonderful conditioning programme for everyone, regardless of age and ability. Work through all the important muscle groups while safely supporting the body on the floor. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100

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