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What We Do

For over 27 years Theatretrain has provided professional training in the performing arts for children and young people at over 70 weekend centres in the UK.

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The UK's Premier Theatre School for Large Scale Productions

Theatretrain gives every pupil many opportunities to perform at local theatres and in London's West End. These unique performances give pupils plenty of time on stage and a real opportunity to participate in the excitement of live theatre.

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Well done to all students who took part in our recent Dance-a-thon.
We raised a staggering £62,738.92 for Theodora Children’s Charity
Thank you to all those who danced and supported us

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Theatretrain on Youtube

Theatretrain have been performing in the West End and the Royal Albert Hall for over 26 years.
Visit our Youtube channel to see clips from previous performances

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Theatretrain International Summer School

Now in our 12th year!
Our fun filled week includes, skills work shops, West End performer guest appearance and workshop, Team games and competitions plus evening talent competition

Each year demand increases, we therefore advise that you make a provisional booking as soon as possible.

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Watch the magic we make!

“The teachers are always welcoming & enthusiastic. My daughter comes out of her lesson buzzing and wanting to show us what new moves she’s learnt.”

Helen - Parent

Our Story

When they’re part of Theatretrain, all young performers are part of something big.

So what makes the Theatretrain Way special?

We take a professional approach to training the performing arts to children. All our teachers are highly experienced and teach dancing, acting and singing skills in the important wider context of professional theatre – covering storytelling, sound, movement and stage attitude. Our classes are divided for pupils aged 6-9, 9-12 and 13-18.

We make that training accessible to all. Energy, enthusiasm and commitment are our only entry requirements. Our unique, step-by-step curriculum enables all young people to build a thorough understanding of the performing arts; developing technique, confidence, imagination, teamwork and individual expression along the way.

We create outstanding opportunities for all our pupils to perform.
We’re the only national performing arts school to involve all our pupils in large-scale West End performances, every year. Our regular pupils perform in more West End theatres than many professional performers!

We create international opportunities as our pupils progress.Our Theatretrain Academy is designed to bring experienced pupils, aged 15-18, from different centres together on a regular basis to collaborate and progress their individual skills. Each year a new piece of work is created and performed overseas in the October half-term.

Our founders
Theatretrain was founded in 1992 by Kevin Dowsett – an international figure of youth performance and pioneer in educational theatre. Kevin’s unique approach draws upon an impressive career of teaching young performers, writing for youth theatre and directing large-scale performances at venues including London’s O2 arena. Kevin’s former pupils include Catherine Tate, Martine McCutcheon, Louise Redknapp, Hans Matherson, Kelly Brook and Daniel Mays.

Emma and her late husband, who was already a Theatretrain teacher, joined Kevin to open the first franchise in 1995. They became great friends and opened a second franchise later that year, 3 more followed in ’99. Emma then gave up lecturing to become Kevin’s full time business partner in 2000 to expand the company nationally. Tragically, her husband died in 2004 but Kevin and Emma continue to drive the business forward and Emma continues to run her 4 centres.

We have centres nationwide, and are growing monthly!

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“Since My daughter started Theatretrain, her confidence has grown tremendously. The classes are taught in a fun way, that keeps the kids interested and focused.
The teaching staff are friendly, knowledgeable and have a really good way with the children, they are a credit to Theatretrain.
My daughter absolutely loves the class, teachers and is always so excited about going, its one of the big highlights of her week.”

James - Parent

Sir Derek Jacobi

An institution in his own right. From I Claudius through to Nanny McPhee, Gladiator & Gosford Park.

“Dear Kevin, Many congratulations on the great work at Theatretrain. Twenty years of outstanding achievement. I send you my very best wishes for the decades to come!“

Catherine Tate

English actress, writer and comedienne most famously known for her catchphrase as Lauren Cooper ‘Am I bovvered’ from The Catherine Tate Show.

“Many congratulations to Theatretrain on your 20th anniversary. I have great memories of my time working with Kevin. We had such fun, and it was the beginning of my journey as an actor. A fantastic company and a wonderful experience for young people.”

Lucy Davis

Our latest Patron for 2012! You will fondly know Lucy as ‘Dawn’ in the hit comedy ‘The Office’.

Lucy also featured in ‘Shaun of the Dead’.

Alfred Molina

The evil villain Dr Octavius in Spiderman 2, he has a vast string of films beneath his belt including The Da Vinci Code, Texas Rangers and Chocolat.


“I have been a member of Theatretrain for nearly 12 years and it has been one of the most important, rewarding and enjoyable parts of my life all these years. Though the teachers have changed and students have come and gone, there have been constant people, especially Jayne, who have made it a consistently fantastic place to be and the most important thing, the performing itself, has brought so much to my life. I would recommend Theatretrain to anybody and everybody”

Savannah – Current Pupil

The Latest News

Kevin’s Blog – Visiting Nîmes

Kevin is in Nîmes in France visiting an old Roman arena…
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Theatretrain Students attend EDERED

On 5th August this year, three Theatretrain pupils took part in…
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Theatretrain Coventry Student creates Theatre piece

At the end of the summer term one of Theatretrain Coventry’s…
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We say Farewell Centre Director Stevi

The end of our Summer term marks the end of Stevi…
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Theodora Children’s Charity featured on BBC Radio 4

On Sunday 14th July 2019 at 7:54am chef Ellis Barrie presented…
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Theatretrain Stevenage Students Featured on BBC Radio

Two students, Isla and Will, from Theatretrain Stevenage recently appeared on…
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Kevin’s Blog from Back Stage with Theatretrain Loughborough

On Sunday afternoon, Kevin caught up with Theatretrain Loughborough in the…
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Standing Ovation at The Royal Albert Hall

On Sunday 23rd June 1150 Theatretrain students took to the Royal…
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"My little boy goes to TT Minis, he really likes going and enjoys himself. I have noticed he become more confident and using his imagination a lot more”

Siobhan - Parent

Term Dates


5th January – 6th  April 


27th April  – 13th July 


7 September – 7 December



Where can I find information on my local centre?

Click on ‘Centres’ at the top of our website. Enter your postcode in the box and click submit.

How do I apply for a teaching position at Theatretrain?

There are two options, follow the steps above to find your closest centre and contact them directly or email your CV to with a list of centres you are interested in working with.

How do I find out about opening my own Theatretrain?

Click on our ‘Open Your Own Centre’ button on our website or contact Emma Meads on 01327 300498 or

How do I contact a centre directly?

Follow the steps above (Where can I find information on my local centre) rather than contacting Head Office.

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