Classes and Courses

Our second season of Classes and Courses is available now. Come and try something new in unique sessions led by industry experts – perhaps some crafting, prosthetic makeup, photography or even a bit of Shakespeare. There’s something for everyone.

Improvised Theatrical Comedy for Beginners

Saturday 19 October, 11–3pm

Led by critically acclaimed international improviser James ‘Lloydie’ Lloyd, learn many improvisation techniques used by some of TV and film’s most loved actors.

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Painting the Figure in Costume

Saturday 30 November, 1.30–3pm

A rare opportunity to work from our costume collection and make a painting based on a Playhouse production. Including lots of techniques and a finished painting to take home.

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An Afternoon of Magic and Mind Reading

Saturday 14 December, 1.30–4pm

Come join the world’s only Academic Magician, Todd Landman, for some inexplicable demonstrations and mind-bending feats.

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Ballroom Dance

Saturday 11 January, 2–5pm

Back by popular demand
Led by acclaimed coach Doug Allen. The first hour is a chance for all the family to join in – any age and any ability. Hours 2 and 3 are adult-only sessions on waltz and rock’n‘roll. Aimed at beginners but all abilities are welcome. Booking must be made with a partner.

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Tuesday 4 February, 5.30-9.30pm

Do you feel you have a song inside you that you would like to discover? The day will explore lyric writing, how to find melodies and harmony, how to put it all together and walk away with a song to sing!

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Brazilian Capoeira

Wednesday 19 February, 6-7.30pm

If you’re looking for something a bit different to your usual exercise or movement classes, this popular South American martial art is great fun.

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Stage Fighting

Saturday 29 February, 2-5pm

A day of slapping, hair-pulling, punching and kicking – all without pain! Stage Fighting is huge fun and a great way to learn the tricks of the trade with master of stage combat Philip d’Orléans.

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Playing Shakespeare

Saturday 7 March, 10am-4pm

A special day-long workshop working with a director and two professional actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. Using some of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes and speeches, this is a great chance to learn how to deconstruct, demystify and enjoy the characters, language and stories of the world’s greatest playwright.

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Creative Writing Taster Day

Saturday 7 March, 10am-3.30pm

Want to try creative writing but don’t know where to start? Come along to our intensive taster session at the Playhouse and get inspired! No previous experience is necessary, so come along and have a go.

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Cyanotype Print Making

Saturday 7 March, 4-6.30pm

Enjoy an introduction to this magical Victorian photographic print process and create your own unique mini masterpiece. With unusual shapes and interesting objects plus Nottingham Lace, this is a family friendly event for all ages.

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Fun with Prosthetic Make Up

Saturday 4 April, 10am-12.30pm & 1.30-4pm

From bruises to zombie bites and werewolf scratches, highly experienced SFX Makeup Artist Jayne Hyman will share her skills before giving you the chance to have a go at creating your own gory injury!

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Capturing the Playhouse – a unique photography experience

Saturday 4 April 2020, 10am-4.30pm

Alan Fletcher is a hugely experienced theatre photographer and during this course he will take you around the iconic Grade 2 listed Playhouse Theatre building, including areas not usually seen by the public, showing you how to get the very best from your camera.

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See individual webpages for age guidance. Find out about courses for Children and Young people here.