Classical texts can be daunting and most actors - even well-trained, working actors - shy away from them, convinced that “Shakespeare and co” are not within their reach. 

Our Conservatoire training is devised to equip actors with a thorough grounding in the context of classical plays (mainly, but not exclusively, Shakespeare and the Renaissance period), the specificity of their language and themes, and the acting skills needed to tackle them with confidence and enjoyment.

We offer training at all levels and everyone above 16 is welcome to apply. Recruitment to the most advanced courses is through audition but the beginners course is open to all. 

Courses run for eight weeks with a two-hour weekly session.

The classes are taught by professional actors or directors, in a friendly and supportive environment. We have a maximum of twelve participants per class, so tutors have time to give participants individual feedback and monitor their progress.

To enquire about any of the following courses, contact Cecilia Dorland at:



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Experience the basics of acting, understand and work with classical texts.A course for anybody over 16, regardless of acting experience.

Course structure:

  • How to read a classical text (Shakespeare)
  • Ensemble work & individual exercises
  • Group games to build confidence & space awareness
  • Introduction to voice & movement
  • Introduction to verse speaking
  • Introduction to period movement
  • Rehearse and perform scenes

Two hours per week, over eight weeks, Central London location, from Jan 2018

£200 (plus £5 administrative fee)


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Bring classical texts to life and learn how to use your strengths as a stage performer. The course is open to anybody over 16 with some acting experience.

       Intermediate: open to those who have completed the Classical Theatre for Beginners course or an equivalent or who wish to apply to drama school. 

       Advanced: for trained actors who need a crash course in the classics.

Course structure:

  • Explore classical texts in depth (structure, themes, language and imagery, prose and verse…)
  • Understand your casting
  • Choose the right monologue for you
  • Continue to explore voice & movement
  • Get on with verse speaking
  • Rehearse and perform scenes 
  • Have a minimum of one rehearsed monologue ready at the end of the course.

Two hours per week, eight weeks. Central London location (Soho). From mid-January (dates tbc)

Fee: £200 (plus £5 administrative fee)


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Adapt existing plays or turn any classical work of fiction into a stage script. 

Learn how to transform a stage script (shortening, character streaming) or to adapt a non-dramatic work of literature into a theatre piece. You will get advice on the choice of text and will be guided through the process of adaptation. The course is table based but might include some performance work as part of the adaptive process. At the end of the course you will have a script ready for performance.

Two hours per week, eight weeks. Central London location (Soho). From mid-January (dates tbc)

£200 (plus £5 administrative fee)