Musical Theatre Courses
Musical Theatre Training
Post Graduate Musical Theatre
London School of Musical Theatre (LSMT) offers a one year, full-time course, designed for those who wish to realise their full potential as musical theatre performers.
We are widely recognised as unique in our approach, and our ethos is to create the environment of a professional company in rehearsal rather than that of an educational institution. LSMT offer only the one course, that has been refined and developed over more than twenty-four years, and has a proven track record of success.
An exclusive number of entrants, between the age of 18 and 35, are accepted each year. We appreciate that each student has different needs, and with a more personal approach, aim to treat each person as a unique individual. The emphasis of the course is on the development of the singing voice as the expressive tool for acting through song, providing a programme of intensive vocational training, within a carefully structured curriculum.
A core principle of the school is that the teaching is by people actively working in the industry. This has ensured that our graduates leave as professionals, well versed in the demands and expectations of the business and able to sustain long and fruitful careers. Our teaching faculty encompasses a core team of staff that stay with the students throughout their year, augmented by relevant visitors including highly regarded and experienced directors, choreographers and musical directors.
LSMT recognises that for many mature students with previous training or experience, a three-year course is unnecessary and that with an intensive and focused approach within the right environment, talented individuals can become highly employable within a year.
In an increasingly competitive industry the success of a vocational course must be measured by the employment record of its graduates.
Recent notable West End credits include: Melissa Jacques as Margaret in Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Emma Hatton as Elphaba in Wicked and Eva Peron in Evita, Sophie Isaacs as Heather McNamara in Heathers, Adam Bayjou as the alternate Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Rosa O’Reilly playing Nessarose in Wicked, and Jacqueline Tate as Madame Thenadier in Les Miserables.
We have graduates in the London productions of Les Miserables, Wicked, The Phantom of The Opera, Mamma Mia,The Lion King, Only Fools and Horses, and in the upcoming Leopaldstat and Prince of Egypt.
In UK Tours we are well represented: Holly Anne Hull is Christine In The Phantom of The Opera, Adam Strong is playing Kashoggi in We Will Rock You and Robbie Scotcher is Narrator in Blood Brothers. We also have graduates as cast members in Saturday Night Fever, The Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia, The Phantom of The Opera, Avenue Q, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Lady Vanishes, Six, The King and I, and Les Miserables. Natasha Lewis is in Stratford with the RSC in The Boy in The Dress.
International credits include Felicitas Bauer cast in the upcoming Harry Potter and The Cursed Child in Hamburg, Matthew Facchino as Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Frankfurt and Munich) and Josh Crossley playing Brian Epstein in the Italian Tour of Yellow Submarine. Steven Dalziel is Horace Hardwick in Top Hat aboard The Queen Elizabeth for Cunard, Ashleigh Jones is Tanya and Ross Harmon is Sky in Mamma Mia, Cara Dudgeon plays Sandy in Grease, and Bethany Macdonald is Annette in Saturday Night Fever all for Royal Caribbean, and Parry St James is Don and Ben Terry is 1st cover Lola in Kinky Boots for Norwegian Cruise Lines.
In other areas of the industry, Danny Walters is the recipient of Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards (2018) for his portrayal of Keanu Taylor in Eastenders, Luke Newton is Colin Bridgerton in the Netflix series Bridgerton, Nancy Sullivan recently appeared with Ricky Gervais in Afterlife (Netflix) and as Pam Sharp in Call The Midwife (BBC), and Olivia Chenery portrayed Beth Roscoe in Silent Witness -Two Spirits (BBC) and Isla Fairfield in Endeavour (ITV).
At LSMT we ensure that students are given the best opportunity to succeed by arranging private auditions with a selection of top agents, in order to secure representation. The agents are able to select which material they hear from each student’s portfolio, as well as have the invaluable opportunity of meeting the person face to face. We have learned that this approach is far more effective than the usual showcase format.
During the final term, students are instructed in CV preparation, photographic sessions, self-employment tax status, and audition technique, to ensure they are well prepared for the Industry.
LSMT was founded by Glenn Lee in 1995 to cater for the growing demand in the industry for an intensive training in Musical Theatre for the mature student, and from the outset earned an enviable reputation for training of the highest calibre.
Originally housed at The Old Vic, the school was privileged to move to Her Majesty’s Theatre in January 1997 and to its long-term home in Borough Road from January 2000. In 2008 Producer, Adrian Jeckells, became the Principal and under his professional management the school has continued to flourish. LSMT was based at Price Studios in Clapham for the 2015 course, and following a full-building refurbishment returned to Borough Road in the late summer of 2016.
The central location of the school has always been a major benefit with many tutors being able to teach at LSMT during the day and then easily reach their work in the West End in the evening. In March 2016 the school became a charity, and is governed by a board with relevant experience.
The school is based in a historic Gothic building built in 1906, on Borough Road SE1, which is instantly recognisable, by its unusual castle-like appearance!
It has a main hall of over 1200 sq feet, a second studio for drama, and all the necessary additional facilities for Musical Theatre training.
The school is located in the vibrant artistic hub of Southwark. The area includes, The Old Vic, The Young Vic, The Globe, The Union Theatre, The Southwark Playhouse and The Menier Theatre, as well as The National Theatre of Great Britain and The Royal Festival Hall, all of which are within walking distance.
The West End of London is less than 10 minutes away by public transport, and the school is 10 minutes walk from either Waterloo Mainline or London Bridge Station. Elephant and Castle tube and Borough tube are 5 minutes walk away.
We are privileged to operate from such a central position.
A selection of some of our graduates and what they are up to: