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-five 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.
The success of a vocational course must be measured by the employment record of its graduates.
Previous notable West End credits include: Melissa Jacques as Margaret in Everybody's Talking About Jamie and the alternate Donna in the original London cast of Mamma Mia, Hollie O’Donoghue and Nancy Sullivan have both portrayed Eponine in Les Miserables, Emma Hatton as Elphaba in Wicked and Eva Peron in Evita, Sophie Isaacs as Heather McNamara in Heathers and Sandra in Made In Dagenham, Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick in Half A Sixpence, Adam Bayjou as the alternate Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Richard Meek as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Show, Katie Kerr as Helen in Fat Pig, Rosa O’Reilly playing Nessarose in Wicked, and Jacqueline Tate as Madame Thenadier in Les Miserables and Christmas Eve in Avenue Q.
Notable UK Tour Credits have included: Holly Anne Hull as Christine In The Phantom of The Opera, Adam Strong as Kashoggi in We Will Rock You, Katie Ray as Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet, Ashley Emerson as Sammy in The Wedding Singer, Robbie Scotcher as Narrator in Blood Brothers, Richard Meek as Rooster in Annie and Joseph in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Gemma Alexander as Joanne in Rent, Marcus Ayton as Donkey in Shrek, Sophia Foroughi as Renee in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Nancy Hill as Enid Hoopes in Legally Blonde and Rebecca Birch as Rosie in My Mother Said I Never Should,
International credits have included: Genevieve Kingsford as Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Clara in The Light In The Piazza (Melbourne), Matthew Facchino as Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Frankfurt and Munich), Richard Meek as Leo Bloom in the International Tour of the Producers, Ashley Emerson as Danny in Grease (European Tour) and Joe in Bend It Like Beckham (Toronto), Rosa O’Reilly as Eponine in Les Miserables (International Tour) and Nancy Sullivan as Eliza Doolittle (Italy).
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 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.