Musical Theatre Diploma

A course which develops your skills as a musical theatre performer, with specific classes on singing, dance, improvisation, text analysis, voice, movement and character development.

Musical Theatre diploma in London with Central School of Speech & Drama

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    Register for an audition for the Musical Theatre Diploma using the form below, and we'll contact you with further information.

This unique course is ideal for new actors who wish to receive Central’s outstanding and world leading training before applying to a full-time acting or drama course or going into the theatre industry.

About the course

  • A one year, part-time, evening and weekend course which promises to be challenging, stimulating, enlightening and exciting.
  • Designed to act as a springboard for those wishing to undertake actor or performance training with a focus on musical or music theatre.
  • You will have a dedicated director, musical director, choreographer, and vocal coach working with you to nurture your talents and push each element of your performance.
  • Develop your skills as a musical theatre performer with specific classes on singing, dance, improvisation, text analysis, voice, movement and character development (see ‘Structure of the course’ below for more detail).
  • All teaching staff are theatre professionals and work within the drama school sector as well as the industry.
  • Experience the full-time, demanding, and varied ethos of Central.

In line with the ethos of our full-time courses, full attendance is expected of all modules as well as the Intensive Weeks.


We will begin auditioning for Jan 2019 entry in April 2018. Please fill out the contact form on the left-hand side of this page and we will then be in touch when we have confirmed audition dates. 

For your audition, you will need to prepare a contemporary piece from the last 50 years of no longer than two minutes duration as two contrasting songs from musical theatre (please bring sheet music with you). 

Who is this course suitable for? 

This is a practical, part-time musical theatre course suitable for people who:

  • wish to pursue your musical theatre skills and knowledge without having to give up your day job
  • work in an allied area (e.g. arts management/administration, education and outreach) and wish to gain a more practical experience
  • would like to gain confidence and enhance communication skills
  • are considering studying musical theatre or acting at BA or MA level and would like experience within a drama school
  • enjoy musical theatre and would like a practical experience in a professional environment.

What we’re looking for in applicants 

We’re looking for people who:

  • demonstrate commitment to the subject
  • can work well within a team
  • are passionate about musical theatre
  • are willing to work independently
  • show an understanding/respect for rehearsal room etiquette e.g. time keeping, discipline, etc
  • want to progress and learn about musical theatre in a practical way.

Requirements for admission

  • Applicants must have IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent in the English language.
  • Minimum age for admission is 18.
  • You must audition for this course.

What our students do after the course 

As the course grows, our graduates’ destinations become increasingly exciting. Students from our Diploma courses have won places on:

  • BA and MA Acting courses here at Central
  • Guildhall
  • Rose Bruford
  • East 15
  • Mountview
  • ALRA
  • Arts Educational
  • other leading universities.

Students have also gone on to perform at The Royal Court, The Bush Theatre, and BBC, amongst others.

Tutor Spotlight

Adam Gerber

Adam Gerber, tutor on Central's Musical Theatre DiplomaOne of the main tutors on the Musical Theatre diploma, Adam is a Conductor, Composer, and Musical Director in London working on projects in a variety of musical genres. 

Adam is sought after as an educator and has enjoyed working with many organisations in addition to Central, such as: The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts as a Musicianship Tutor; The University of Aberdeen as the Principle Conductor of their Concert and Wind Bands; Scottish Opera as an Assistant Conductor to their Connect Education Company; The University of Glasgow as an Assistant Conductor; The Citizen’s Theatre as a Musical Director; Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts as a Composer; and YMT as a musical director.

Find out more about Adam.

Auditions - further info

Auditions are held throughout the year and cost £10. Please note this is a non-refundable fee.

For your audition you will need to prepare a contemporary piece from the last 30 years of no longer than two minutes duration, as well as two contrasting musical theatre songs - one up-tempo and one ballad. Please either bring sheet music with you or be prepared to sing acapella, as the use of backing tracks is not allowed.

Following your audition, we will let you know the outcome within 2 weeks.

Dates & Duration

The following dates (for the 2018 course) are indicative and given as a guideline only:

Term 1: Acting Fundamentals, Voice, Movement

15 January –21 March 2018
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Intensive Saturday: 17 February, 12:00pm-5:00pm

Term 2: Singing, The Actor and the Text, Acting Through Song

23 April – 4 July 2018 (No classes on Bank Holidays, 7 and 28 May)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Intensive Saturday: 26 May, 12:00pm-5:00pm

Term 3: Rehearse and perform extracts from Musicals

Monday 16 July 2018, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 18 July 2018, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 21 July 2018, 10:00am – 4:30pm

Monday 23 July 2018, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 25 July 2018, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 28 July 2018, 10:00am – 4:30pm

Intensive week: 30 July - 04 August 2018, 10:00am – 6:00pm (please note the session will run until 8pm on 01 Aug)

Intensive week: 6 – 10 August 2018, 10:00am – 6:00pm

Performance day: 10 August 2018

Structure of the course 

The diploma is divided into three terms. In the first two terms you will work for two evenings and one Saturday for a total of 55 hours a term. In the third term you will work on Saturdays and for an intensive 2-week period.

Example classes

Term 1:

Acting Fundamentals 

You will develop the precursors to acting: relaxation; trust; exuberance; discipline; response to criticism; a playful attitude; and the ability to work as part of an ensemble. You will learn the fundamentals of acting, including: concentration; pursuing an objective with actions; listening and responding; and working from moment-to-moment, using both improvised and scripted scenes.


Through physical and vocal exercises, you will begin to release your voice from habitual tensions and develop breath connection, support and stamina. You will begin to learn how to project your voice without strain, using the principles of general and specific resonance and develop vocal range. Articulation work will enable you to approach text and lyrics with greater specificity, accuracy and muscularity.


You will work on group singing exploring harmonies and how your voice sits in ensemble settings. You will sing in ensemble groups and as a soloist within an ensemble. A brief overview of Kodály practice will be explored to aid pitching and then you will explore solo singing.


This module emphasies the important role the body plays in expression. You will be introduced to a preparatory body-centred methods of training including Chekhov, Laban and Viewpoints. You will learn exercises that can be practiced independently in order to develop your skills further.

Term 2

The Actor and The Text 

This module will allow you to apply your acquired skills from Acting Fundamentals to script work. You will learn a clear process, including active and textual analysis, which will allow you to explore and realise monologues, duologues and scenes effectively.


You will look at jazz dance technique and be introduced to ballroom dance including Waltz, Foxtrot and Swing. You should expect to take part in structured dance classes, working on flexibility, strength, stamina and ability to learn choreography. You will also work with songs to explore combining singing and dance.

Acting through Song 

You will align fundamental acting strategies to acting through song. You will learn to analyse a song in order to make clear and specific acting choices. You will explore a range of techniques that can be applied to acting through song. You will work one-to-one in a masterclass setting on acting through song and general delivery.

Term 3

Performance Project: Rehearse and Perform extracts from Musicals  

This unit culminates in the rehearsal and performance of extracts from musicals. The use of your acting, voice and movement skills will be evaluated in both the rehearsal process and final performance. You will be cast in extracts from musicals and have an intensive rehearsal schedule. You will be expected to attend all rehearsal and also work in your own time. You will apply systems of rehearsal to your work, learn choreography and songs and be expected to take and adapt well to direction. You will perform the show in front of an invited audience.

Please note that this is NOT a showcase and agents will not be invited.