Stagecoach Chester

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

Karen has been a Principal at Stagecoach since 1993. She is a well-known local musical theatre director with many of her students appearing on television, in films and on the stage in professional theatre. Lindsay joined in January 2009 after teaching at a number of Stagecoach schools. She gained a BA (Hons) in acting at Drama Centre London and has appeared professionally on stage, in television and film. Stagecoach Chester provides the cast for many of the Bill Kenwright productions in the North-West including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita and many more! We also run the North-West regional choir which has students from Stagecoach schools all around the North-West performing in many prestigious locations such as The Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Come and join in the fun!

Principal Karen Partington & Lindsay Safina - BA (Hons)

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



Our AMAZING Dance Troupe performed at Geronimofest in May last year. Geronimofest is the largest (and best!) children's festival in the UK and prides itself on being 'Glastonbury for kids!'


JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Stagecoach Chester regularly provide the children's choir for Bill Kenwright's professional production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at theatres including The Palace and Opera House - Manchester, Storyhouse -Chester, The Lyceuem - Crewe, The Severn - Shrewsbury plus many more!


Our school prepare students for the prestigious LAMDA examinations of which we have always had excellent results. The LAMDA examinations are also held at our school. LAMDA is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies. They have offered practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years.


Our wonderful student Eva-Rose was in the professional tour of 'King and I', she did TV interviews and sang in the professional production! Well done Eva-Rose!


We had over fifty students take part in an immersive experience at Carfest last year, they played Lost Boys and Pirates and took the audience on an interactive, theatrical adventure! Our Dance Troupe also performed there and it was a wonderful experience for all who took part!


A short while ago we sent our student Heather along to an audition for the role of Ivonka in the award winning musical ‘Once’. Heather won the role starred as Ivonka in ‘Once’ at the Liverpool Empire in January 2020! Congratulations Heather! You were amazing! ⭐️


We have had the best time over the past six weeks running our Stagecoachathome : Live classes via zoom. We have had lost of laughs and kept our creativity going from our own living rooms! These classes have now finished as we are looking forward to getting back to our venue for our Summer Workshops!


We are still running our fabulous Summer Holiday Workshops, albeit in a slightly different format to our usual ones. Places are strictly limited to fifteen per group so book your place now to avoid disappointment! More details can be found on the Summer Workshop pages on this website.

Ofsted Governed

We are registered and governed by Ofsted. The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills is a non-ministerial department of the UK government, reporting to Parliament. Ofsted is responsible for inspecting a range of educational institutions, including state schools and some independent schools.


We are very excited to announce this years Early Stages Creative Workshops! Jam packed full of drama, dance, musicality and craft (this year with the marvellous Mini Makery) For 5-7 Year olds - Book your place now! Places strictly limited to 15 per group. Tuesday 11th August - Friday 14th August Tuesday 18th August - Friday 21st August

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 - Karen Partington & Lindsay Safina - BA (Hons)

Karen has been a Principal at Stagecoach since 1993. She is a well-known local musical theatre director and many of her students have appeared on television, in films and on the stage in professional theatre. Karen has twice won the Stagecoach Franchisee of the Year award which is awarded to the most successful of the 600 Stagecoach schools worldwide.
Lindsay joined the management team in January 2009 after teaching at a number of Stagecoach schools and running schools in Liverpool, Wirral and Wrexham. Lindsay gained a BA (Hons) in acting at The Drama Centre, London, and has appeared professionally on stage and in television and film.

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