Rose Academy

24-29 July
28 August – 2 September  (NB there will be a class on the bank holiday on 28 August)
Ages: 16-25
£200 (£180 for current Rose Youth Theatre members)

“One of the most insightful and enjoyable courses I have ever done … this has been such an important week for me.” Lizzie, student

Are you considering a career in acting? Are you interested in applying for conservatoire training? Today, London drama schools receive a thousand applications for every place available on their three year degree courses. The Rose Academy is here to maximise your chances of a place at drama school, whilst offering you a unique insight into the professional life of an actor. Work with the best practitioners from top drama schools and London theatre, whilst rehearsing your monologues and interview technique. This special course is by audition only.

Did you know? Conservatoires audition more than 1,000 candidates for each place; approximately 25% of our Academy graduates go on to get one of those places. 

Contact to arrange a meeting.

Rose Players

Cost: £200. Classes: Monday evenings 7pm-9.30pm. 
Next term: 18 Sep – 11 Dec.

Rose Players is our introductory acting group open for anyone aged over 18. We welcome actors of all ages and experience to take part in classes that focus on professional-process and technique.

Perhaps you’ve never acted before, or perhaps you are returning to it. All you need is enthusiasm and to be able to commit to the classes over the course of the term. We explore major practitioners, methods of working on different styles of text, improvisation and vocal techniques that are applicable to many different areas of life.

The course is directed by Anthony Hoskyns, an experienced acting tutor and veteran of the Rose education programme. When appropriate, guest directors may also work with you on specialist skills and there will be an informal showing of your work at the end of term.

Whether you are thinking about professional training or you're an enthusiastic amateur, this is a great way to spend your Monday evenings.

Rose Playwriting

Cost: £250. Classes: Tuesday evenings 7pm-9.30pm.
Next term commences in Sep.

Our popular playwriting course is run by the brilliant playwright and dramaturg Stephen Brown, whose plays include Faster (Filter Theatre) and Future Me (Theatre 503). Stephen has been a core teacher at the Rose for four years and many of his students have gone on to work as professional playwrights.

Over twelve weeks you will be taken through every step of writing a play, from character development and structure, to its professional application. In a small group you will analyse classic and modern works, as well as taking part in creative writing exercises and receiving individual feedback on your work. At the end of term, we invite experienced theatre directors and a group of actors to workshop scenes from your plays, giving you a unique opportunity to see how new writing is approached by professionals in the rehearsal room.

Whether you write as part of your job, or just fancy putting pen to paper for the first time, whether you end up with a fully polished play, or a score of ideas, this is a really enjoyable and focused springboard for your creativity.

Time: 7-9.30pm

How to Book 

To book a place on either course, please call the Rose Theatre Kingston box office on 020 8174 0090. 

For more information, please call 020 8939 4050  or email

Please note: these courses require regular attendance. Please do not book a place if you know that you cannot attend all sessions. 

Please email ask about concession rates for students/OAPs/income support, or with any other queries.