Liverpool Central Studios


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Our aim is to produce musical theatre performers and actors that have the skills, knowledge and attitude to be successful in an increasingly demanding profession. LTS staff and graduates have an excellent reputation within the industry. Recent success Read More stories include Oliver Ormson performing in the Addams Family UK Tour, Mike Eborall performing in Miss Saigon UK Tour and Tommy Sherlock headlining the Tenors of Rock in Las Vegas.

Established in 1939, Liverpool Theatre School specialises both in professional musical theatre training to students aged sixteen and over, and acting training to students aged eighteen and over. We are one of only three schools in the North of England to offer the diploma in Professional Musical Theatre validated by Trinity College London and funded by the Dance and Drama Awards Scheme. In addition, we are the only institution in Merseyside validated by Trinity College London to provide the Diploma in Professional Acting.

Students at LTS who are 19 and over are eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. The college is regularly visited by professional bodies such as Trinity College London and the Council for Dance Education and Training.

So what makes LTS unique? Our students all get individual professional attention which focusses their individual skills and talents to lead them to a successful career in musical theatre or acting. In addition, students receive excellent careers guidance and audition preparation enabling them to gain employment in the industry. Destinations include the West End, UK tours, cruises, pantomime, TV, film and theatre work.

Deeply embedded within Liverpool’s artistic heritage, we have a strong support within the industry, our patrons and advisors include; Anita Dobson, Wayne Sleep OBE, Bill Kenwright, Graham Bickley, Sir Ken Dodd OBE, Ricky Tomlinson, Martin Dodd CEO UK productions. Read Less

Course & Program

Qualification Level: Diploma Level 6

This diploma is devised for talented students of 16 years and over who want to be successful in Musical Theatre and is a level six qualification validated by Trinity College, London.

The aim of the course is to develop our students into triple threats that can make it in the West End. We instil the versatile and dedicated work ethic into our students so they are able to achieve in the extremely demanding musical theatre industry.

We make sure students get the attention they deserve by making sure none of our class sizes exceed 16 students. This works in tandem with our intensive, exciting and extensive teaching of singing, acting and dancing.

Students will have weekly performance workshops, audition preparation and career development sessions. Every week students will take part in individual singing lessons that will develop their technique and repertoire. Keeping fit is an important aspect of performing at the highest level we ensure you have an excellent level of health and fitness through diagnostics, body conditioning, Pilates and nutrition sessions.

Expert teaching staff, guest lecturers and visiting directors ensure you continuously strive to meet your personal challenges. To help you maintain your high standards, individual progress is closely monitored. Regular tutorials and assessments ensure you receive continual feedback and support.

Year 1
Students focus on a broad-based core curriculum concentrating on achieving strong basic technical skills in dance, acting and singing. Contextual studies in anatomy, health & safety, history of musical theatre and theatre studies provide related academic content. In-house student productions allow for the development of artistic confidence and peer co-operation.

Year 2
The second year of the course aims to build on the core subjects with the emphasis on further strengthening and broadening of technique and integrating projects are worked on. Students are now focusing on developing skills and knowledge and encouraging an analytical and artistic approach to the practical and theoretical work in preparation for the graduating year.

Year 3
The main emphasis in the third year is to consolidate the students’ training for their intended profession. Professional Employment Skills are key, and individual career aims are addressed. A main feature of the third year is performance experience. Three productions for the course are prepared: a play, a showcase both in the North West and London where invited agents attend, and a musical. All students take part in the annual college show, which culminates in the celebration of graduation day.

Course Duration: Three years

Course Fee: £ 12250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: Diploma Level 6

This course is designed for highly motivated students of 19 years and over. LTS is the only school in Merseyside to be validated by Trinity College London to deliver Level 6 Diploma in Professional Acting.

The aim of the diploma is to develop the skills needed to be successful in the ever-demanding acting profession. Students need to be versatile, skilled and dedicated to succeed.

The course provides intensive, exciting and professional training. Students focus on the techniques of acting for TV, Film and stage, through a balanced timetable, which supports their development. Students will also take part in weekly singing, movement, voice, audition preparation and career development classes.

Students will be taught techniques and exercises rooted in the principles of Konstantin Stanislavski and American practitioner Uta Hagen, putting them at the centre of the creative process in order to develop a logical and synthesised understanding and application of the diverse technical elements of role creation. The learning is designed to equip the student with a robust and highly flexible system with which to work, and to develop their skills and approach to acting both practically and philosophically.

Expert teaching staff, guest lecturers and visiting directors all ensure you continuously strive to meet your personal challenges. To help you maintain your high standards, individual progress is closely monitored. Regular tutorials and assessments ensure you receive continual feedback and support.

Year 1
The first year of study aims to build the core skills and techniques needed to become a successful actor. Acting forms the central spine of the course, and students will be introduced the works from different auteurs and directors across film, TV and stage theatre. In addition students will have classes in singing, dancing and stage combat.

Year 2
Students will have the opportunity to practice their trade in in-house performances throughout the year. Second year focuses on developing and strengthening the core techniques, skills and ethos learnt in the previous year. Students will also learn the historical, social and political context of the writers and their work. Students will rehearse and perform extracts from Chekov, Ibsen, Wilde, Coward and Shakespeare.

Year 3
Third year is all about performing! The students will refine their acting ability by rehearsing and performing in two external productions from a dramatic genre with external directors and a TIE project. Students will also get the opportunity to showcase their talent to agents in their London Showcase at a West End Theatre and at their North West Showcase here at LTS.

Course Duration: Three years

Course Fee: £ 10500.00 For Year

Qualification Level: Foundation

Our BTEC Level 3 Extended diploma in performing arts (Musical Theatre) equivalent to three A levels are aimed to prepare students for the next stage of their vocational training. Great emphasis is placed on developing technique and nurturing talent, specific guidance will be offered in the second year in readiness for your next career move. This two year full time performing arts programme is designed for students age 16 – 18 who are passionate about making it in the musical theatre world. Students take part in a carefully choses variety of workshops and classes including:Jazz, Commercial, Lyrical, Acro, Singing and Acting along with relevant theoretical units. The course is delivered by professional experienced teachers.

All places are fully funded, entry is via audition and relevant academic qualifications.

Course Duration: One year

Course Fee: £ 4250.00 For Year

Awarding Bodies
Trinity College London