Stagecoach Abingdon

Stagecoach Abingdon has been providing quality, part-time training in singing, dance, and drama since 2001 under the leadership of Principal, Julia Howson. Our aim is to give children and young people aged 4 to 18 a safe and nurturing environment to stretch their imagination, build confidence, improve coordination, and develop social awareness through learning the skills needed to perform on stage or screen.
Our classes are split into age groups:
  • Early Stages for 4-6 year olds on Saturday mornings and 6-7 year olds on Saturday afternoons
  • Main Stage for 7-17 year olds on Fridays & Saturdays
  • Further Stages for ages 15+ for a more advanced training
Performances for parents at least twice a year, written student reports, LAMDA exams and professional Agency available.
So, whether you are looking for performance oportunities or simply to have fun with like minded people through singing, dancing and acting this is the place to be. Give Julia a ring on 01865 390970 or hit the 'enquiry' button for further information.

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Julia Howson - ALCM

Your child is in safe hands. All of our Team are Enhanced DBS checked.

Meet The Team



6 - 10th AUGUST 2018 at the School of St Helen & St Katharine. JUNIORS: ages 4-8 'CINDERELLA & ROCKERFELLA'. SENIORS: ages 9-18 'SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Jr.' 5 days of singing, dancing, acting and having fun! No experience necessary, just lots of enthusiasm and you'll be amazed at how much you achieve in just 5 days!


All 3 Main Schools (ages 7-17) performed brilliantly in our production of 'BUGSY MALONE' at the end of March! It really is fantastic to see all the hard work come together on the day and every year we see the students grow on stage and shine like we've never seen before. WELL DONE EVERYONE!

Two Week Trial

Why don't you book a 2 week trial with us? It's only £25 for the 90 minute Early Stages classes for ages 4-7, and £50 for Main School, 7-18 yrs (Sibling discount of 50% in Main School 7-18s). After your 2 week trial, if you wish to stay with us for the remainder of the term your place is secure and the deposit is deducted from the full fees.

Parent Feedback

We have had such a brilliant year so far and it's fantastic to receive such wonderful feedback! .....keep up the good work Team Abingdon. Julia Howson (Principal) 01865 390970


London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Our students (aged 8 and above) have the opportunity to take solo acting exams with LAMDA the leading examination board in performance art with private tutors, building confidence, improving communication and gaining a recognised qualification. Grades 6, 7 and 8 carry UCAS points for university entry.


Past students - where are they now? Several have gone on to train in some of the top performing arts colleges and currently working professionally include Chris (Kit) Young in 'CAESAR' at The Bridge; Eve Norris - 'Bat Out Of Hell', London & Torronto; Jacob Yolland - touring Italy; Sebastian Croft - 'Game Of Thrones'.


We had a choir of 32 students aged 8 to 16 performing with the Britain's Got Talent Winners 2014, chart topping vocal harmony group COLLABRO on Monday 6th November 2017 at The New Theatre, Oxford. Our choir were on stage with the boys singing 'Bui Doi' and 'He Lives In Me/Circle Of Life'. Very exciting and a great experience!

Weekly Classes

Early Stages (for ages 4-6 yrs)

Early Stages classes run alongside the main Stagecoach schools, where young people learn skills in each of the three Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama, so it is an easy step when it is time to transfer to the next stage.

(90 minutes each week)

Main Stages (for ages 6-18 yrs)

Main Stages classes are split in three age appropriate groups, where young people learn new skills in each of the complementary Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama. We nurture the shy and apprehensive, until they find their feet and voice, whilst at the same time developing and channelling those with bundles of talent, confidence and energy. We believe in the potential of every child!

(3 hrs each week)

Further Stages (for ages 15+ yrs)

Our advanced musical theatre sessions give talented students the chance to extend their performance skills.  Through in-depth training and master classes, we help students to hone their skills in singing, dancing and acting.  We also give students the confidence to audition for theatre and vocational drama schools (if that is their goal) and make sure they are well prepared for interviews and auditions. 

Fees in accordance with Main Stages.

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - Julia Howson - ALCM

Julia is a singer/actress/dancer having trained at the Kathleen Grist School of Dance and the Guildford School of Acting. Carrying on the theatrical tradition of her family it was also the inspiration of a wonderful drama teacher and like minded friends at school that made her mind up about the path she would take in life. Julia has played many leading roles in professional musical theatre including CATS (Hamburg), LES MISERABLES (London), THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW(UK tour) and THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Plymouth & UK tour), plus many pantomimes, TV appearances and concerts. Julia is a member of Equity and the British Voice Association and gives private vocal coaching sessions in Abingdon. Julia had several years experience as a manager and singing teacher for Stagecoach before becoming Principal of the Abingdon centre in 2001 and Wantage in 2006. She has seen many wonderful children blossom and grow into confident young adults through Stagecoach and looks forward to every weekend working with them.

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Please use the online payment for existing students or, a new student whose place has been confirmed by the local principal.