Stagecoach Banbury

Welcome to Stagecoach Theatre Arts Banbury where we nurture and develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes whilst stretching imaginations and building confidence.

Offering classes for 4-18 year olds in singing, acting and dance Stagecoach Banbury loves to share our passion for the performing arts. The skills learnt at Stagecoach Banbury are not only skills in performing arts, but are skills for life, whether it be having the confidence to speak in front of a crowd or working as a team. Our aim is to nuture each child’s potential and reach their own personal goals.

At Stagecoach Banbury, as well as our regular weekly classes, we offer exams in Trinity Guildhall Musical Theatre and LAMDA. We have external practitioners that visit and offer workshops and have had workshops in television presenting and camera work, audition techniques, stage combat and West End Musical Theatre workshops. We have an annual show and we have a Performance Troupe that all students can audition for. The Performance Troupe perform at local events and regional events as well as having the opportunity to perform on a West End stage.

Our classes run on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during term time at Blessed George Napier School, Banbury. If you think that Stagecoach Banbury is the place for you then get in touch with Melissa:

Call/Text: 07788 722406

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Principal - Melissa Lewis - BA Hons Dance, AISTD, AIDTA

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


New Friday School

Due to popular demand, we are really excited to announce we have opened a new Friday night Main School. This will be at Longford Park Primary School, Bodicote. The students are involved with the same events as all of our Saturday students.


Why don't you book a 2 week trial with us? It's only £25 for Early Stages - 4-6 yrs, 90mins, and £50 for Main Stages - 7-18 yrs (Sibling discount of 50% for Main Stages - 7-18 yrs). After your 2 week trial, should you wish to enrol for the full term, the fees paid will be deducted from the full term's fees.


The Autumn Term is going to be a very exciting term for our Early Stages, where the students will be involved with their very own class shows & will be busy creating & developing perfroming skills . Our weekly Early Stages Classes are always filled with fun and excitement, with an equal balance of Acting, Singing and Dancing. We are recruiting now!


"My daughter struggles with anxiety. We started Stagecoach as a means of trying to get her more confident for a couple of terms before she starts school in September. I can honestly say we've noticed a huge difference after just one term! Not only that, but she has the best time ever." More can be found on our Facebook page.

Performance Troupe

At Stagecoach Banbury we are really proud to have a 'Performance Troupe' Students are invited to audition for this every term, it has proven very popular. The troupe attend regional events including Her Majesty's Theatre and Disneyland Paris as well as local events. During 2019 we will be performing at reginal events as well as Shaftsbury Theatre.


Our annual show this year is Legally Blonde Jnr! All MAIN schools will be involved in this show! New students welcome. It will be a fun and challenging term, learning the importance of teamwork and putting all of our performing skills into practice for our perfromance in December.

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 - Principal - Melissa Lewis - BA Hons Dance, AISTD, AIDTA

Melissa is a veteran of Stagecoach beginning her jouney as a tutor in 2000. With many years' experience and training, dance is her speciality. She obtained her degree in dance and dance teaching qualifications from The London College of Dance, going on to work as a professional dancer for over 5 years. Melissa has always taught a variety of ages and backgrounds working in and around Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire areas. Some of her proficiently trained students have gone on to some of the industry's most prestigious and recognised colleges including The Arts Educational School, Bird College, The Urdang Academy, Chichester University, Laine Theatre Arts, The Margaret Howard Theatre College, PPA Academy, East 15 to name a few. Some have gone on to perform in the West End, on cruise ships and become dance teachers or actors themselves. Melissa loves to share her passion of the performing arts and excels in building confidence and self esteem in young people.

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