Drama & Performing Arts School Trip to London


Drama and Performing arts covers a wide range of possibilities for GCSE and A level, so we have visits run by experts in their field to cater for your exact requirements. From Dance classes at world class studios, to singing, acting and improvisation sessions your students will both learn new skills and have a lot of fun.  We can easily arrange for you to see a West End performance or two whilst you are in the capital too!


Drama & P.Arts

Tour Day 1

Depart school to arrive in London around midday. Check into your accommodation
A professional Singing, Dancing or Acting Workshop with West End Workshop
Pre-theatre dinner at Planet Hollywood followed by an evening West End performance

Tour Day 2

Enjoy an expertly led ' Acting for Film or Television' workshop with City Academy
Depart London for your return journey to school

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Based on min 40 students and 4 staff, Bed and Breakfast at the Wembley International Hotel, June 2022.



Tour Day 1

Depart school to arrive in London around midday. Check into your accommodation
Enjoy a 'Strictly' themed dance workshop at the world class Karen Hardy Studios
Have an evening Meal at Planet Hollywood before heading to the theatre for your choice of West End Show

Tour Day 2

Exclusive West End Choreography workshop with West End Workshops
Depart London for your return journey to school

2 day Dance experience from only

Based on min 40, Bed and Breakfast at Wembley international Hotel, Oct 2022 (excluding half term)


Curricular Links

A WST tour to London will support the study of numerous elements of the following exam board specifications:



  • GCSE English Language (8700 & 8702)
  • A-A/S Level English Language (7701, 7702, 7706, 7711, 7716)
  • GCSE Media Studies (8572)
  • A-A/S Media Studies (7572 & 7571)



  • GCSE English Language
  • A-A/S English Language
  • GCSE Drama



  • GCSE English Language (J351)
  • A-A/S Level English Language (H070, H470, H074, H474, H072 & H472))
  • A-A/S Media Studies (H409 & H009)
  • GCSE Drama (J316)



  • GCSE English Language
  • A-A/S Level English Language
  • GCSE Media Studies
  • A-A/S Media Studies
  • GCSE Drama (J316)

Study Visits



Run by world class dance teachers, these Ballroom and Latin dance sessions have a ‘Strictly Come Dancing Theme’ and take place at the state of the art studios belonging to the shows winning professional Karen Hardy.  These enjoyable 90 minute sessions will produce a winning couple who will each receive a mini trophy, whilst every member receives a personally signed photo of Karen Hardy.  Refreshments are also included. Tues- Fri mornings only.


West End Choreography – Exclusive to WST

How do the top choreographers generate new movement material? In this immersive workshop participants tackle the art of composition and learn various techniques that build choreographic process. Working with West End professionals participants will gain first-hand experience of

  • Choreographic Forms 
  • The Composition Process
  • Elements of Construction 
  • Manipulation of the Elements of Dance
  • Generating and Organising Movement

Dance Master Class 

Whether it's ballet or ballroom, flamenco or freestyle, tango or tap - we have the dance class for you! Tell us what dance style your group would like to explore and we’ll do the rest. Based in London’s west end we’ll provide you with a studio and a dance instructor specialising in the style of your choice. Learn about the stylistic features of the dance, the development of techniques and its representation in the West End. Guaranteed to get your energy pumping. Workshops can be Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced.         



Acting for Film & Television  

City Academy’s Screen Acting classes will develop the skills required to succeed in acting in front of a camera, including character work and how to portray real emotion on screen.

Communication, Presentation and Public Speaking Skills

At City Academy, we have a team of performance experts whose experience goes far beyond the world of theatre and film. Using performance training, these workshops help students with both business and personal skills which can be used in everyday life.

Acting & Drama  

These Acting classes will introduce participants to the basic skills of acting, encourage their creativity and build their confidence, in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Options include Acting for Stage, Shakespeare and Improvisation.

Fashion or Stage Make-up  

City Academy’s make-up workshops can be tailored to both fashion and theatrical requirements, and will introduce students to techniques to create flawless, up-to-date looks.

Lighting for Theatre

This workshop will introduce students to the basics of lighting a show on stage.


Run by experienced professionals, in venues such as Pineapple Studios, our wide range of workshops cover a variety of skills and in many cases can be focused on a performance you are seeing as part of your trip. Most workshops end with a Q&A with a West End cast member. We can happily create a workshop just for you, just ask us! (90 mins unless stated)

  • Make a Scene: Work from a scripted scene from a chosen play, book or show, and learn to bring the text to life in a truthful, imaginative way. Explore acting methods, vocal techniques and character development designed to encourage bold and creative acting choices.
  • Theatre Improv: Perfect for fun and high energy groups! After physical and vocal warm ups, students stay active through team building and improvisational games designed to heighten focus, creativity and sensitivity to others.
  • Shakespeare 2000: Looking at imagery, tempo, timing, emphasis, body language and practical presentation this workshop will breathe life into scenes from the play students are seeing or studying
  • Stage Combat: Students will learn about the relationship between acting and fight choreography.  Discover how fights are choreographed and hone your collaboration skills whilst creating your own combat
  • Audition Essentials: Work with a casting director to really enhance your interview techniques. (2 hours)
  • The Director's Chair: An interactive workshop focussing on textual analysis and stage craft, examining techniques for working with actors and staging scenes (3 hours)
  • Note by Note: A unique experience run by a West End Musical Director as the group learn to act through your choice of song, before performing it to a cast member from the show itself!
  • Song and Dance: Work with a pianist and cast member from a show you are seeing, and rehearse a song & choreography to match.
  • West End 101: A popular and versatile workshop. Students are taught in a fun and relaxed environment, with skills and techniques used by professional actors inspired by the themes of the show they’re seeing.


A unique group opportunity for debate within the magnificent setting of one of Britain’s most prestigious working courtrooms. The Motion to Appeal session is most recommended for English students and includes;

  • An introduction to the Royal Courts of Justice and what happens there
  • Preparation for a debate of an appeal case which has been heard at the Royal Courts of Justice (this can be a broader debate or one that focuses on a particular point of law)
  • Opportunity to dress up in the court room regalia
  • Explore roles in a court room and meet a legal professional where possible
  • Discover key spaces in the Royal Courts of Justice


Please click HERE for our our West End Theatre pages

Shakespeare’s Globe Summer Season 2022

After a 2 year absence the Globe Summer Season is finally back. Running from 22 April to 22 October you can choose from the following performances:

Much Ado About Nothing
Julius Caesar
Henry VIII
King Lear
The Tempest 

As a friend of The Globe, we can offer our customers exclusive priority booking. Contact us to request a priority booking today here. 

As the performances will be running on selected days we advise you to be flexible on your dates if possible. For more information on what's on and when visit Globe What's On

Cultural Visits

London offers a great choice of museums and attractions, many of which are an ideal complement to their learning and can be free for students.

Highlights of London

A half day guided tour of the city on board your coach is a perfect way to see all the major sites. Highly recommended if this is a first time visit to London for many of your students.

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

Always in the evening and at its best when London is cold and misty, this eerie tour takes students back in time to 1888 to follow in the footsteps of the London Metropolitan Police as they try to catch a killer. 

Guided tour of the London 2014 Olympic Sites

Following the outstanding success of the world’s greatest sporting event, there is now huge interest in seeing the area where our athletes won their medals.  This 2 – 2½ hour walk begins at Pudding Mill Lane and takes in the exteriors of the Aquatic Centre, the Stadium, Handball Arena (The Copper Box), the Velodrome and also the new I-City (formerly the International Press Centre). For an additional fee we can pre-book visits inside the Copper Box, the Aquatics Centre and the Orbit within your walking tour. 


London has a great range of art galleries, which have free entrance and all offer downloadable resources and education programmes. The most popular galleries are:

  • National Gallery
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Tate Britain
  • Tate Modern
  • Victoria & Albert  


With more than 7 million objects within its collections, the British Museum illustrates and documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.


Visit HMS Belfast to discover what life was like for those who lived and worked on board this last remaining warship of its kind. Nine decks of amazing seafaring history provide countless opportunities to explore and discover for students where you can hear sailors’ stories in the Life at Sea exhibition. 


Free guided tours are available throughout the year by requesting a place through your MP or a member of the House of Lords.


The Imperial War Museum covers conflicts involving Britain from the First World War through to the present day. The Centenary of the First World War is highly topical and with it’s new First World War galleries the IWM is a must for any group visiting London.


The London Dungeon combines real history, horror and humour to bring gruesome goings-on back to life in the 21st century. A thrilling and exciting trip that students will love, with actors recreating events such as the Great fire of London, Sweeney Todd, the Plague and Jack the Ripper. 


Breath-taking sights make the London Eye a highlight of the city which you should not miss!


A thrilling and exciting  visit containing inspiring wax works of some of the world’s most influential and famous people. Galleries include  Sport, World Leaders, The Royal Family and Music along with the Spirit of London ride. 


Step inside Museum of London for a memorable journey through London’s unsettled history. Telling London's story students can enjoy the prehistoric, Roman and medieval London galleries through to the present day.


Hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits including the ultimate dinosaur exhibition, a human biology section or visit 'Investigate' -an exciting new hands-on science centre perfect for engaging students.


Based in the heart of the West End, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is the most wonderfully weird visitor attraction in London. Home to countless curiosities collected by the legendary adventurer Robert Ripley, you’ll step into a fascinating world where the bizarre and the unbelievable come to life and

where amazement is waiting around every corner. From unusual art to underwater wonders, an upside down room and even a dungeon, at Ripley’s London there are mindboggling experiences for even the wildest imagination.


The Science Museum allows you to introduce children to science with fun, hands-on interactives and encounter the past, present and future of technology in seven floors of galleries.


With its iconic dome that dominates the London skyline, St Pauls Cathedral is a must see for all groups visiting London. Over the years, decoration has been added and removed so that today the history of the nation can be seen in mosaics and stone carvings throughout the building. 


This cruise along the Thames is a great way to see some of the major sites of the city. We recommend groups take the 40 minute cruise from Westminster to Tower which takes in Westminster, Big Ben, Somerset House, London Eye, Oxo Tower, The Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge, Tower Bridge and the Tower.


See where numerous individuals lost their heads and visit the Prisoners exhibition which looks at some of the Towers more notorious convicts including Anne Boleyn, Edward V, Guy Fawkes and Sir Thomas More.


Make your evening meal a night out with a restaurant visit. We can book tables at an exciting range of restaurants offering pre-theatre dinner packages to suit all budgets. Choose from: 

  • Bubba Gump Shrimp
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Rainforest Café
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Pizza Express
  • Pizza Hut
  • Maxwell’s
  • Piazza 

We can also arrange for packed lunches to be delivered to your hotel or an appropriate meeting point in the city. 


Absolutely brilliant, as it was last year. The pupils had a wonderful London experience that wouldn't have happened without the help and planning given by Kerrie. The whole weekend worked like clockwork and I can't thank Kerrie enough for the planning and care she puts in to make it so. It was an absolute joy to be in London with 40 pupils for the weekend.
The Snaith School, London

Nici's Expert Tip

We have a wide range of theatre workshops, so let me know your study requirements and I’ll match them and also tailor the session to a show you may be seeing.

Top tip from Nici, our Specialist Performing Arts Expert