Stagecoach Barnstaple

Welcome to Stagecoach Barnstaple where we provide quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged 4-18yrs. Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes in Barnstaple, stretching young imaginations and building confidence.

Open every weekend during term time and workshops during the school holidays, come join the fun!

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Kate Ridley-Holloway ADPA UKCA

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

Meet The Team



We have such a jam packed term planned with many students taking their LAMDA Solo Acting Exams, rehearsals start for our COLLABRO CHOIR, we have a BRAND NEW Further Stages Class starting and our VARIETY SHOW ‘A Night At The Movies’ is on Saturday 30th March! We sure have a busy few weeks ahead and WE CAN’T WAIT!!


We are super excited to announce that we have been chosen as one of the official #CollabroChoirs to perform alongside the boys from Collabro at The Queen's Theatre Barnstaple on Thursday 14th March! We couldn’t be more proud to have been chosen and couldn’t be more excited to be involved in this fabulous opportunity!


Stagecoach Barnstaple has had an exciting year so far with Recording Projects and a West End Workshop in our Spring Term, our Summer Shows went down a storm on July 14th and we have Performances booked at Torquay Princess Theatre and in and around Barnstaple for Autumn Term! Now accepting new students for September so get in touch to get involved!


We are incredibly proud and excited to announce that we have been chosen as a new ‘Learning Destination’ for the Devon and Cornwall Children’s University! We have also been asked to be Passport Holders .... want to find out more? Check out


HOT NEWS OFF THE PRESS!! We are thrilled to announce that we are now in a position to accept CHILDCARE VOUCHERS as payment for the term fees and/or holiday workshops! For a list of which providers we are registered with just get in touch. If your provider isn't on the list let us know and we would be more than happy to speak with them also.


The cast of ABBA MANIA came to Barnstaple Queen's Theatre on November 30th and we were asked to provide a choir of 30 to perform alongside them. After some extra rehearsals and a tech run with the super friendly cast, the choir performed to a 'sold out' theatre with the audience on their feet the whole way through. Another wonderful fun experience!


In November this year we provided a choir of 64 students to perform for 10 shows alongside the cast of the West End UK Tour of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' (starring Joe McEldery!) at the Queen's Theatre Barnstaple! We had a fantastic time, lots of hard work but lots of fun too! A wonderful experience for all involved!

'Guernsey' Feature Film!

Over 40 of our students were lucky enough to be asked to play 'evacuees' in the filming of a new feature film 'Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society' that was filmed in Clovelly in May. The film stars Lilly James (Downton Abbey) and Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones) and our lucky Stagecoachers got to work alongisde them! An amazing 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.

Meet The Team

Principal - Kate Ridley-Holloway ADPA UKCA

Kate started her love for the Performing Arts many years ago at this very school; Stagecoach Barnstaple! This great school instilled her passion for the arts and has led to her enjoying a wonderful career, both performing and teaching.

Kate has many years of experience performing with professional touring pantomimes and shows, including working as a choreographer for London-based music videos and stage tours.

Coming back to Devon after a few years on the road, Kate discovered her love for teaching; setting up dance classes in the local area, working in primary and secondary schools, with youth and amateur dramatics groups and of course with many Stagecoach Schools both as a teacher and as Deputy Principal. During this time she also completed her Performance Arts Teaching Diploma with 'Rock School' London as well as training in many other disciplines including stunt work, cheerleading, circus skills, musical theatre and the teaching of the younger years.

With her performance background, teaching experience and love for the arts, Stagecoach Barnstaple certainly is a passion of hers!

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