Stagecoach Basingstoke West

A very warm welcome from Stagecoach Basingstoke West. Principal Rachel Barker provides quality part-time training in performing arts for children aged 4-18yrs.   Rachel was herself a Stagecoach student and has been involved with the network since 1996, going from student to teacher to manager to Principal, gaining a unique insight of the needs of both students and parents. 

Here at Stagecoach Basingstoke West, we believe in the potential of every child, providing them with the tools to explore, create and take creative risks in a nurturing environment. The classes promote life skills, build confidence and stretch imaginations through singing, acting and dance. Stagecoach Performing Arts has been running for over 30 years now, so if you are looking for kids drama, dance and singing classes rest assured we offer the highest quality classes for your children.

The team at Stagecoach Basingstoke West provide a professional, fun and exciting school. The staff are dedicated in helping students develop key skills to assist their social and educational development.  The Principal and staff have all worked professionally and have strong links with the performing arts industry. The schools provide a fantastic training that you would only receive at a top theatre school as well as a warm, friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Rachel Barker

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


New Thursday School

Due to popular demand, we have now opened the doors to our brand new Thursday Main Stages for students aged 6-16! Book your two-week trial today!

THURSDAY 26th Sept Venue

Due to our usual venue being closed on Thursday 26th September, classes on this date only will be held at Viables Community Centre, The Harrow Way, Basingstoke RG22 4BJ.

Gala 2019

All Friday school students will once again be performing in our fabulous Gala Performance in October at The Princes Hall, Aldershot. Save the date: Sunday 13th October 2019.

Recent performances

Recently, Stagecoach Basingstoke West students have been selected to perform at Her Majesty's theatre, home of Phantom of the Opera in London's West End, as well as joining The Barricade Boys on stage on their UK and USA tour. Additional performance and workshop opportunities will be coming up this term...

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!

Disney - Dance The Dream!

We're excited to be taking a troupe of students to Disneyland Paris in July 2020 to take part in the Disney 'Dance The Dream' event, performing in the pre-parade throughout the park!

Basingstoke Variety Show

Our Further Stages students have been invited to join the house band for a couple of numbers at The Anvil on 5th October for The Basingstoke Variety Show, a celebration of talent in Basingstoke, fundraising for local charities. We are very excited to be performing!

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 - Rachel Barker

Rachel's interest and passion for the performing arts began at a very early age and was inspired by dance, singing and drama classes throughout her childhood. Whilst at 6th Form College, Rachel was lucky enough to be offered a DADA funded place at the prestigious Urdang Academy where she embarked on a course in Professional Dance (Musical Theatre) in 2002. Since her graduation in 2005, Rachel has performed internationally as a singer, dancer, model and actress, as well as a teacher and choreographer. In addition to various stage productions as dance captain and production vocalist, Rachel has appeared in numerous television adverts, films and music videos as well as hair shows for Schwarzkopf and photo assignments for top hair magazines. Rachel has also toured the UK and Germany as part of a successful female cabaret group.

Rachel is proud to be Principal of Stagecoach Basingstoke West. Having been a Stagecoach student, then moving to performer and teacher, she is delighted to now be passing on the skills she has learnt to the next generation of budding performers.

“Pass it on, boys. That's the game I want you to learn. Pass it on.” ― Alan Bennett, The History Boys.

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