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What We Do

For over 25 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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Our Next Show

Special Measures
What happens when arts education goes down the tubes!

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
24th June

Sadlers Wells Theatre, London
30th June and 1st July

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Theatretrain on Youtube

Theatretrain have been performing in the West End and the Royal Albert Hall for over 20 years.
Visit our Youtube channel to see clips from previous performances

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Charity Single 'Somewhere'

Theatretrain is celebrating 25 years with the release of our Charity Single 'Somewhere'!
This Single contains the voices of every Theatretrain Student and proceeds go to Theodora Children's Charity.
Buy it here!

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Watch the magic we make!

"It never ceases to amaze at the quality, vibrancy, huge energy and professionalism that Theatretrain seems to manage to create time after time. I am so proud of them, but more importantly they are proud of themselves - you couldn't ask for more."

Angela - 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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“Theatretrain took me on. It inspired me to be more confident and brave and enjoy the moment and I think I became a better person”

Amy - Past Student

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.


"Theatretrain took me from a timid young girl to a bubbly young woman. They are my family!"

Sydney – Current Pupil

The Latest News

Theatretrain Reading Performs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Theatretrain Reading are taking their production of Alice to Edinburgh Fringe…
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Special Measures Success

24 Theatretrain centres took part across three performances of ‘Special Measures’…
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Theatrertain Stevenage perform at Race For Life

Theatretrain Stevenagerecently performed at Stevenage’s Race for Life at Fairland Valley…
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Theatretrain Take Part in The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

The Theatretrain Regional Choir (formed from students at Theatretrain Chester, Theatretrain…
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Theatretrain Luton and Putteridge Local Show

Theatretrain Luton and Putteridge took to the stage at the Gordon…
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Kevin’s Blog – Visit to Germany

Kevin recently visited Germany as he is the chairman of the…
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Theatretrain Exeter Local Show Success

Theatretrain Exeter recently put on “Annie Jr.” at the Cygnet Theatre in…
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Ex Theatretrain Student Understudy to Orlando Bloom

James Groom was a part of Theatretrain Chelmsford back in 1995…
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"I’m lucky to be able to work with the most creative, talented and nicest students every Saturday morning.”

Steve – Current teacher

Term Dates

14th April – 14th July


8th September – 8th December


5th January – 6th  April 


27th April  – 13th July 


7 September – 7 December 2019



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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