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About Theatre Studio

Theatre Studio is based at Cheltenhams historical Playhouse Theatre, and continues to be Cheltenhams only Stage School based exclusively within a dedicated working Theatre. Nearly all of Theatre Studios term-time presentations, Summer and Easter schools and half term workshops are presented on the main stage of the Playhouse within a full technical environment ... invaluable to the experience that each student gains whilst belonging to the Theatre Studio family.

In 1985, local drama teacher Ann Wessen was asked by her close friend Janet Lister, founder of the hugely successful Listers dance school, whether she could teach weekly drama classes to her dance pupils. After seeing the extremely positive reaction to these classes, as well as the huge improvment that the drama classes had on the dancers confidence and artistic interpretation, the classes were extended until it was felt that the school was ready for its first main-stage Musical Theatre production!

"Bugsy Malone" was performed at the Playhouse Theatre in April 1985 to huge critical acclaim. Following this huge success, it was agreed by both Ann and Janet that whilst staying as close partners, Ann should move her classes to the Playhouse Theatre permanently, allowing her to take on many more pupils and to add classes in Singing, Musical Theatre and Dance to the timetable. Theatre Studio was born!

Since 1985, Theatre Studio has slowly grown into the school it is today. In 1990, Theatre Studio started to enter national competitions and examinations, and has achieved an unprecidented level of success in both, including 6 times winner of the youth section in the 'All England One-Act Play Festival', and once winning the adult category of the South West section with the critically acclaimed play 'Anywhere Is', written and directed by Artistic Director Suzanna Segura. Theatre Studio has also produced many main house shows at the Playhouse Theatre, such as 'The Wiz' in 1993, 'The Diary of Anne Frank' in 1994, and 'Rock Nativity' in 1995.

One Success after Another!

Since being formed in 1985, Theatre Studio has become firmly established as the counties Premiere Stage School. The school has become well known for feeding many actors, musicians and technicians into the main 'adult' productions at the Playhouse and many other of the counties theatres, and many students have gone onto train at accredited drama schools and become highly successful professional actors and technicians. Throughout the year, our students are entered into various competitions and festivals such as ...

  •  Cheltenham Festival of the Performing Arts
    All of our students are highly encouraged to compete at the acclaimed 'Cheltenham Competitive Festival', held each Spring in venues around Cheltenham. The level of success that Theatre Studio pupils have enjoyed, whether as individuals or in the group classes, has been truly breathtaking across all of the festival disciplines. The confidence that students take into later life by taking part in these events each year is what we are most proud of, but as always - winning is not our primary goal .... its the lessons learnt in taking part that really count.
  • Lamda & Poetry Vangard Examinations
    All students are also encouraged to take part in the national examination syllabus. We aim to enter all of our students into L.A.M.D.A acting, speaking and singing examinations, as well as the highly acclaimed 'Poetry Vanguard' Examinations for poetry and voice. Once again, our success rates are staggering, with a 98% pass rate across all of our students. These examinations count towards University Placement Points, and are highly regarded by all of the countries top drama schools. This is why we place such high importance to these exams, and is why we always encourage every student to take part wherever possible.
  • All England One Act Play Festival
    We are proud to have won the South West division of the youth section of this national competition an unprecidented six times, twice winning the next round to move onto the West of England finals. Unusually, we have also won the main 'adult' section of the South West AND South of England round, an extremely rare event for a youth entry. We continue to enter most years.

Today ...

Our classes have expanded once again this year for the younger members of the theatre, and we now offer combined classes on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for 5 to 18 year olds (previously 8 -18 years). We have also recently added our popular 'Theatre Tots' class for 3 - 5 years, which now means that, in total, we run 24 classes a week! These cover singing, speech, acting, dance, tap, musical theatre and many more. For details, click here!

Our yearly events also continue to grow in popularity, and we run a annual Summer School every August, a Spring Production every April, as well as Half Term Workshops every half term holiday throughout the year.


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Roseville, 145 Fairview Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2EX

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