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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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. From October (dates tbc)

Fee: £200 (plus £5 administrative fee)