Stagecoach Canterbury

Welcome to Stagecoach Canterbury 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 Canterbury, stretching young imaginations and building confidence. We ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience by building life skills and confidence while having lots of fun. Stagecoach Canterbury opened in 1996 and many of our students have gone on to achieve great things.

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Claire Beddow

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



Parents, join us in our very special fundraising event on Saturday 29th June. This is a sponsored event where money raised will be split and given to Young Minds and the Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury. These are charities that are very close to our hearts. Come join your child and learn how to Sing, Act, Dance whilst raising money for two fab causes!


Join us for our first summer workshop Matilda The Musical, the 20 minute version plus more the 12th to the 16th August. Contact us now or enrol via our website.


We offer tuition by Lamda Examiners for Lamda Exams in Acting, Speaking Verse and Prose, Public Speaking and Musical Theatre. These are a great way of building up confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas as well as taking exams.


The children had an amazing time last week performing in the tour of Joseph and His Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat at The Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone. It was a fantastic opportunity for them and they smashed it!!! Well done everyone!!

* Exciting News! *

We are proud to announce that many of our Stage 2's and 3's are performing in the Uk Tour of Joseph in March in Folkestone

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 - Claire Beddow

We are delighted to announce that Claire Beddow is going to be the managing Principal for Stagecoach Canterbury. Claire has been a teacher at Canterbury stagecoach for 8 years and has a wealth of knowledge & experience to bring to the role.

Claire started her training at the age of 4 and went on to further her qualifications at Pattisons College, where she became an Associate of the I.S.T.D and I.D.T.A. Claire has had a long career in the Performing Arts in Musicals and Cabaret as well as choreographing numerous shows and performances with her own dance troupe C’est Chic. As a Choreographer she has worked with many Artistes such as Danny La Rue and Cheryl Baker to name but a few.

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