Stagecoach Shirley

A warm welcome to Stagecoach Shirley! We provide quality part-time training in singing, dance and drama for children aged 4-18yrs in the Shirley and surrounding greater Croydon area, since 1997.

Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential through performance, stretching young imaginations and helping to develop confidence, physical awareness, communication and articulation - as well as being educational and fun!
Students perform for friends and family twice a year at the school and often work on specific projects. We regularly participate in the Stagecoach Showcase at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, home of Phantom of the Opera, and in the past we have had children perform in operas at the Royal Opera House, as well as getting cast in West End musicals such as The Lion King and Thriller Live. 

We are now taking bookings for our next term including our new Friday night school! Places are filling fast. Call 020 8949 1116 for further information or enrol online today!

Principal Kim Findlay

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

Meet The Team


Free Open Evening Dec 8th

Come and try out Stagecoach Shirley's new Friday school! On Friday 8th December we will be opening the doors at our new Friday venue, Orchard Park High School. Come and meet the teachers, and try the lessons out, for free! For children aged 6-18 years. Friday 8th Dec 5-7pm, Orchard Way CR0 7NJ. Contact us to book today. Places are strictly limited!

New Friday School!

We are super excited to announce we are opening a new Friday evening school from January 2018! Both Main Stages (6-18 years) and Early Stages (4-6 years) classes will be offered. The Friday evening school will run from Orchard Park High School, Orchard Way, Croydon CR0 7NJ. Contact us for more information or to enrol today!

Our Show This Term: Elf!

We are very excited! Santa is coming to Stagecoach Shirley! Our Autumn 2017 show is Elf the musical (Jr) based on the much-loved holiday film. Rehearsals are underway and it's going to be a very exciting show. We can't wait! Save the 2nd of December in your diary now!

Stagecoach Shirley is 20!

We can't quite believe it, but all of a sudden Stagecoach Shirley is now 20 years young! For 20 years, we've taught hundreds, maybe even thousands of children to have Creative Courage for Life by growing their confidence and teaching them skills in acting, singing and dancing. That's more than 100 shows and 100 demonstrations! Happy Birthday!!

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)

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - Kim Findlay

Kim holds a diploma in Performing Arts and is a former actor and dancer. She moved to London from New Zealand 10 years ago, where she also taught dance and choreographed.

She has been performing in amateur productions since she was 10 and feels that this experience as a child has contributed enormously to her adult life. Kim wishes Stagecoach had been around when she was younger!

Kim is a member of a variety of South West London local amateur performing arts companies, primarily choreographing for musicals, but also performing when possible. A recent production she choreographed of The Drowsy Chaperone received high praise from the show's writer Lisa Lambert, and was part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Make Payment

Please use the online payment for existing students or, a new student whose place has been confirmed by the local principal.