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.

Meet The Team


World Record attempt

Students recently attempted a Guinness World Record performance of Beauty and The Beast Jr along with thousands of other Stagecoach students from around the world! We await the final results and will update students soon. Fingers crossed! Well done to everyone who took part on July 1st 2018.

West End performance

Our performance troupe has been chosen and we are thrilled to be performing at Her Majesty's theatre, home of Phantom of the Opera in London's West End on Sunday 25th November! We look forward to offering our students more exciting opportunities like this in the future too!

Exciting term ahead...

We have so much planned this term! During our classes in acting, singing & dancing we start work on the 2018 gala 'Around the World in 90 mins'. All students will be involved in the performance at The Princes Hall theatre in Aldershot on Sunday 21st October! We have more workshops and events coming up in the next few terms! Stay tuned...!

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!

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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