Stagecoach Hertford and Ware

Welcome to Stagecoach Hertford and Ware! We are proud to have a warm, fun and high-achieving school, which has been operating since 2007. Energetic dance routines, dramatic and comedic scenes and monologues, choral songs and solos covering a wide range of genres – all material is specifically chosen by our professionally trained teachers, and everything is age appropriate, and specially tailored for our fantastic, hard-working students.
Everyone is welcome here at Hertford and Ware; we can help your child really find their confidence, and uncover some hidden skills! Book for a two week trial - we’d love to see you.

Principal Laura McHugh

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


Two Week Trials

No need to commit to a whole term until you've made sure we're the right place for you! Book a two week trial for next term to see how you get on. (Places are limited for some age groups - please get in touch for details.)

Exceedingly Good!

Some comments from our Annual Review:

"High quality work being delivered in a warm, positive atmosphere"

"Students were fully engaged and well-behaved"

"The Principal has vision and commitment"

"Exceeding criteria in all areas"

Special Guests

We offer some fantastic 'extras' for our students, including some very special guest teachers.

We have welcomed Bob Golding (voice-over artist for CBBC/CBeebies), Sarah Hooper (Mamma Mia), and Amy Bird (Rocky Horror).


We were thrilled to return to venue in September following the 2020 hiatus.

There are of course some new rules which have been implemented in the interests of everyone's safety, and new guidelines will be communicated to new parents prior to the start of each term.

During lockdown we are offering special workshops via Zoom.

Weekly Classes

Early Stages (for ages 4-6 yrs)

Stagecoach Early Stages
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)

Stagecoach Main Stages
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)

Stagecoach Further Stages
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 - Laura McHugh

Laura trained at HTS (Hertfordshire Theatre School) on the Acting & Musical Theatre course, and at the New York Film Academy in New York on the Acting for Film course.
Since graduating, she’s been involved in various productions, as a performer and as a writer. Personal highlights include performing in a charity performance of “Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens” at Her Majesty’s Theatre for the Elton John Aids Foundation, and appearing as Beryl Reid in a one-woman show directed by Martha Ross (Jonathan’s mum). She was also very proud to take her own show “So, How Was Your Day?” to the Edinburgh festival in 2009.
Laura has been a singing teacher, musical director, dance teacher, and director at Stagecoach and other youth theatre establishments since 2005. Building up the confidence and self-esteem of young people has become Laura’s mission (and privilege), and she is excited and proud to continue doing this as the Principal of Stagecoach Hertford.

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