Stagecoach Basingstoke

A very warm welcome from Stagecoach Basingstoke. We provide quality part-time training in performing arts for children aged 4-18yrs. We believe in the potential of every child, providing them with the tools to explore, create and communicate, preparing them for whichever stage they choose to step onto. The classes promote both life and technical skills, building confidence and stretching imaginations through singing, acting and dance. Stagecoach Basingstoke has been running for over 20 years, so if you are looking for drama, dance and singing classes rest assured we offer the highest quality teaching for your children.

The Principals, James and Danica, along with a great team of teachers, provide professional, fun and exciting training with lots of opportunities to grow. The staff are dedicated to helping students to use the performing arts to assist in their social and educational development, in the theatre and beyond.  Like the principals, Stagecoach Basingstoke staff have all worked professionally and have strong links with the performing arts industry. We look forward to meeting you!

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal James Bulgin

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


Summer school 2019

After the amazing success of ANNIE last year. Stagecoach Basingstoke presents this year’s workshop production of Matilda (in 20 mins) . It’s an amazing week to develop skills, have fun and meet new friends. For full details of dates and prices please see below under holiday workshops. Last few places remaining. Book your space now!

Elevate 2019

Stagecoach Basingstoke's troupe performed at Elevate on Sunday 19 May. They did an amazing job, and got a fantastic reaction from the audience. We will be returning to Elevate next year -- watch this space for details!

Show at Princes Hall

On 21st October our students performed the show 'Around the World in 90 Minutes' at the Princes Hall. Featuring songs, scenes and dances about all the places we go, and how we get there, it was an amazing evening! The students took their bow to a packed audience roaring their approval, and we have all been buzzing about it ever since!

LAMDA exams

We will continue to run Individual acting tutorials this term, with the opportunity to take LAMDA drama examinations. Students are doing exceptionally well with their LAMDA exams, honing communication skills, confidence and building UCAS points!

Early stages show

This term all our early stages students (4-6yrs) will be performing at the end of term . Friends and family will have a chance to see their little star perform with lights, costume whilst having an amazing time! We look forward to seeing you there.

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)

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - James Bulgin

James has spent his professional life in theatre working as an actor, director and producer. During his career, he has worked on shows in the West End and on national and international tour. He has been involved with Stagecoach for over 15 years, and now runs Stagecoach Basingstoke with his wife Danica who is principal of Stagecoach Fleet.

As a father of two himself, he is very passionate about the opportunity that it provides for young people. James trained in musical theatre at Guildford School of Acting, after graduating from Royal Holloway College, University of London, with a degree in English. As a producer and director James’s first class productions include The West End Men starring Lee Mead, Matt Willis, Ramin Karimloo and Kerry Ellis (Vaudeville Theatre West End and tour), Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring Chesney Hawkes), Days of Hope, Buddy and Caroline O’Connor; The Showgirl Within at the Garrick Theatre (on which he was associate producer).

He has directed drama school productions of Little Shop of Horrors, ‘i’ and Pippin. As an actor, West End includes; The Glee Club, (Duchess Theatre.) London and Regional includes; Mark in New Boy (Project Arts Theatre, Dublin – for which he was nominated for the Micheal Mac Liammoir award for Best Actor), Marius in Les Miserables in Concert (Fort Regent, Jersey), 16 Gobs (The King’s Head), Prince Charming in Cinderella (The Wyvern Theatre, Swindon), Aladdin in Aladdin (The Camberley Theatre).