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. 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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. 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
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  3. Acting: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Apr 2024 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and creative environment.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  4. Drama therapy: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dan Skili
    Investigate the role and function of drama therapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will explore aspects of Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre as methods for engaging with others. Fun, insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  5. 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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. String ensemble
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Apr 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Come and play string repertoire in a friendly group, and develop your confidence in ensemble playing. Suitable for those who have been playing violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least two years, playing at Grade 3 standard or above. Please click the 'start interview' button to apply. This is to make sure we have a balanced array of instruments for our ensemble.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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    100% of 100
  7. Saxophone 4
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    For experienced saxophone players, come and extend your technique, musicianship and performance skills in this advanced workshop. The emphasis will be on playing jazz, pop and World music, solo and as an ensemble, developing musicianship skills, and improvisation.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
  8. Folk and pop guitar 2A
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    If you can play a range of chord shapes, in time, and can follow chord symbols, this second year of guitar study will develop your ability to play the acoustic instrument. Improve your musicianship and expand your song repertoire.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  9. Jazz piano 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Jan 2025 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Frankel
    Try more difficult tunes and conventions with more practice at 'comping' and improvising. You will need a working knowledge of jazz harmony in order to develop your playing on this course. Ideal for graduates of jazz piano 1.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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