Performing Arts, Drama & Theatre Studies Trips to London

For groups of performing arts and drama students London and the West End are likely to be the ultimate goal if they wish to pursue a career in the performing arts.  Backstage theatre tours and performing arts workshops are available at venues across the city which aim to build on dance and drama skills, as well as give essential behind the scenes advice and access for aspiring performers.

We work closely with theatre agencies in the capital to offer you the best theatre seats and group prices for all the most popular West End shows, so that your tour to London is guaranteed to both excite and inspire your students.

 

Curriculum Topics

  • Roles & responsibilities of theatre producers
  • Theatrical processes and practices in interpreting and performing theatre
  • The work of live theatre makers: performers, designers, directors, producers

Prices start from£89pp

Popular itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Group Rail travel to London, drop bags at your accommodation Walking Tour of Theatre Land and a West End Workshop Dinner and West End Show
2 Tour of Globe Theatre and Workshop Backstage Theatre Tour Return Group Rail Travel
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Morning Group Rail travel to London, drop bags at your accommodation
Afternoon Walking Tour of Theatre Land and a West End Workshop
Evening Dinner and West End Show
Morning Tour of Globe Theatre and Workshop
Afternoon Backstage Theatre Tour
Evening Return Group Rail Travel

Price Shown includes

  • Return rail travel (based on the fare from Birmingham stations)
  • 1 night B&B accommodation
  • Specialist group travel insurance
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Disney Theatrical Workshops

These 90-minute workshops are run by musical theatre performers from the hit Disney shows 'The Lion King' and 'Mary Poppins'. Students get to explore and perform extracts from the scripts as well as choreography and vocal tracks from the actual show, all under the guidance of professionally trained theatre artists. Choose from:

THE LION KING

Movement and Music: This popular general musical theatre workshop is suitable for all group types, mixed group experience levels and ages from 7 years old. Students will explore musical theatre and build on performance skills choosing either the ‘Circle of Life’ or ‘He Lives in You’.

Acting: Perfect for GCSE drama students to grow their acting skills. They will be working with script extracts from the show and asked to read their parts aloud to the group.  The focus will be on characterisation, voice and moment, objective and intention and comedy.

Singing: An intermediate to advanced singing workshop for confident singers who have previous experience in singing three or four-part harmonies. Excellent for students studying music, school choirs and schools producing a musical to help define and develop their voices. The workshop is run like a show rehearsal and is about challenging themselves and being mindful of the group.

Dancing: Students will explore intricate West End choreography and is for intermediate to advanced dancers who are confident with dance terminology. This workshop is based on the ‘Lioness Chant’ and starts with floor stretching, moving onto a TA led warm up and will be run as a professional dance class.

MARY POPPINS

Movement & Music: A general musical theatre workshop suitable for all group types, mixed group experience levels and ages from 7 years old. Students will explore musical theatre and build on performance skills. The content is very upbeat, celebratory and focuses on rhythm and ensemble movement.

Acting: Perfect for drama students to grow their acting skills. They will be working with script extracts from the show and asked to read their parts aloud to the group.The focus will be on characterisation, voice and moment, objective and intention and comedy.

(Mary Poppins workshops are available to book for groups travelling Jan 2020 onwards)

Victoria & Albert Museum Workshops

The V&A museum houses the national collection of performing arts which teaches about the history and process of performance from rehearsals to opening night through its display of posters, set and costume designs. It also runs a programme of workshops to support students of English, Drama and Performing Arts at both KS4 and 5. Examples include ‘Texts in Practice’, ‘Design for Performance’ and ‘Stage makeup’.

West End Theatre Workshops

Workshops can be tailored to meet your exact requirements and to suit students at any Key Stage. All sessions are run by performing arts professionals who are working actors and experienced workshop leaders. Many of the workshops can be tailored to link in with a West End show. Students can take part in a workshop during the day and then watch a performance of the same show that evening.

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour

Discover the magic of the big screen and the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter™ film series. Take your students on an enchanting tour of the actual sets used in the films; complete with authentic props and real costumes. You'll see animatronic characters and experience the stunning special effects along the way. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London celebrates and educates visitors of the artistry and craftsmanship in quality film production - on both sides of the camera.

School groups can enjoy specially-created educational lessons to complement and enhance the tour in brand new, state-of-the-art learning spaces. These lessons offer students authentic and relevant learning experiences in one of the most exciting and magical contexts: the production of Harry Potter. The film series is used as a case study to explain elements of film production, all of which align with KS2, 3, 4 and 5 learning objectives.

Royal Albert Hall Tours

A guide will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of this stunning and iconic building, opened in 1871 as the brain-child of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert. Highlights of the tour include the breathtaking auditorium, exclusive access to the Royal Retiring Room, a look inside the Queen’s Box and an action-packed presentation featuring a selection of the huge range of events staged here.

Royal Opera House Tours

Backstage tours offer a unique glimpse behind the scenes of one of the busiest international opera houses in the world. Tours include an introduction to theatre's colourful history, an insight into it's recent re-development and a look at aspects of current productions. As the Royal Opera House is a fully working theatre, each tour is a unique experience, and may include opportunities to see The Royal Ballet in class, or the magnificent backstage technology in operation.

National Theatre Backstage Tours

Join a backstage tour at the National and explore one of the largest and most advanced theatres in the world. See three auditoriums, front of house, scenic workshops and backstage, and all in the company of well-informed, enthusiastic guides

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Tours

‘Through the Stage Door’ is a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of the world-famous Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Visitors will meet characters from many eras who bring the history of one of London’s oldest, largest and most magnificent theatres to life.

 

Shakespeare’s Globe Lively Action Workshops

These 90-minute sessions comprise of a 30-minute guided tour of the iconic Globe Theatre and auditorium and a 60-minute workshop led by a Globe Education Practitioner. These practical and interactive workshops are tailored to your key stage and the Shakespeare play of your choice and use a range of activities and games designed to draw out elements of the plays’ characters and themes.

Workshop Themes for Key Stage 3
‘Shakespeare's Language, Shakespeare's Stage’ - In this session, students approach Shakespeare’s plays through the context of the Globe playhouse. Through practical exploration, students are encouraged to develop an understanding of Shakespeare’s characters and stories, and to engage with the text as a script for performance. Different dramatic techniques are used to explore Shakespeare’s plays and deepen students’ critical understanding.

Workshop Themes for Key Stage 4

  • Performance conditions at the Globe, exploring how this shapes playing style and language
  • National curriculum study of a Shakespeare text for coursework or exam study at KS4, making connections between time and literary traditions and exploring language as a key to engaging with character and structure.

Workshop Themes for Key Stage 5

  • The relationship between text and performance
  • How theatre is affected by cultural and social influences
  • How language and form shape meaning

Shakespeare's Globe Demonstrations

The Shakespeare's Globe has two informative demonstrations on offer which can be combined with another visit at the Globe.

Use of Stage Fighting Demonstration 30-40 mins

Watch an exciting demonstration of Elizabethan stage combat techniques. This includes an explanation of how stage fighting was used by Shakespeare and his contemporaries in early modern plays and includes a Q&A session.

Elizabethan Dressing Demonstration 30-40 mins

Using clothes from the theatre wardrobe, your tour guide will dress a member of your group as a character from a Shakespeare play and explain the intricacies of dressing plus a Q&A session.

London Dungeons - English & Drama Workshop

The shows at the London Dungeon are performed up to 80 times a day. With actors learning the scripts, being directed on set, applying makeup effects and performing a show that takes you back to a darker time in London’s history.

This drama workshop will focus on the performance of the shows, from acting varied characters with different accents, to how to apply effective makeup; as well as the importance of audio, lighting and costume design.

Pupils will:

  • Learn how to perform in a fast paced environment, focusing on vocal care, accents and emotional portrayal of characters
  • Learn how to apply effective make up and design sound and lighting
  • Perform a short show together

The lastminute.com London Eye

The famous London Eye is one of the world’s highest observation wheels, standing at 135 metres high. The wheel has thirty-two capsules, each of which holds 25 people and views possible as far away as twenty-five miles on a clear day.

The Shard

The view from the Shard is situated on floors 68, 69 and 72, almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, where you can take in all of London at once with 360 degree views of up to 40 miles long.

Sightseeing Tours by bus

Hop-on hop-off bus tours are great for general sightseeing, giving access to all the major sites. Departing from Grosvenor Gardens it includes Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, London Eye and Piccadilly Circus.

Thames River Cruises

A great opportunity for you to discover the 'must-see' sights in London. Watch as the River Thames weaves its way through the heart of London and see the history of this city around every bend. Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Waterloo (London Eye) Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier.

The Emirates Air Line Cable Car

Rising to a height of 90 metres, Emirates Air Line offers you an exciting 1.1km cable car journey across the Thames on the UK’s only urban cable car. Emirates Air Line connects the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Victoria Dock.

The London Dungeons

Transport yourself back to the darkest moments in the capital's history within the deep depths of the London Dungeons.

London Christmas Markets

At Christmas the South Bank of the River is transformed into a wintry wonderland, where global cuisine and an artisan Christmas market come together in one sparkling location.  Amble past wooden chalets which line the banks of the Thames and pick up gorgeous stocking fillers from the Winter Market. Or, tuck into some Christmas fare underneath the glittering Christmas lights.

In Hyde Park, you can truly immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of Winter Wonderland, one of the biggest Christmas markets in London.  Other locations for Christmas Markets in London include Leicester Square, London Bridge City and Greenwich.  Many of these pop-up London markets appear in mid-November and stay open until the New Year

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions with over 400 wax works of celebrities, politicians, pop stars and actors.   A fully interactive experience, Madame Tussauds will inspire, enthuse and immerse pupils in celebrity culture and modern media as they walk among the stars!

Downloadable lesson plans are available to enhance and support your visit which will explore the media, fake news and celebrity culture.   

ArcelorMittal Orbit

The ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford which is the iconic structure of the London 2012 Games and has the longest and tallest tunnel slide in the world. 

Take the lift up to the viewing platform, 80 meters high, and after marvelling at the view take the slide down which lasts a thrilling 40 seconds! Go back to the top and take some time learning about the city on the interactive touchscreens or making use of the free Key Stage 1-4 resources before walking back down the winding staircase with its 455 steps.

You can book with or without the slide and you can choose to stay the whole day in the park by taking a behind the scenes tour at the iconic London Stadium, swimming at the London Aquatics Centre or visiting the Lee Valley Velopark; alternatively, explore the parklands and waterways with a local Blue Badge guide.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, which crosses the River Thames, was built between 1886 and 1894 and is an iconic symbol of London with its two towers and bridge deck which opens to allow tall ships through. You can walk across the lower bridge deck but the twin towers and high-level glass walkways and Victorian engine rooms are part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

West End Theatre Tickets

The majority of student groups who visit London like to round off their trip by seeing a show. We can also book pre-theatre meals at nearby restaurants for you. Save up to 50% on the normal ticket price by attending a midweek (Mon-Thurs) evening or matinee performance. The majority of top West End shows offer these affordable discounted tickets to student groups year round (excluding school holiday dates).

Wicked

THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WITCHES OF OZ...

WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

WICKED is suitable for a general audience. As a guide to parents and guardians, it is recommended for ages 7+

(Source: https://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/london/about/synopsis)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Matilda the Musical

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Recommended for ages 6 and above.

(Source: https://uk.matildathemusical.com/about/the-story/)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Mary Poppins

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins returns to the Prince Edward Theatre, it's original West End home, this October.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny is triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. 

On show at: Prince Edward Theatre 

Times: Wednesday 7.00pm.  Thursday-Monday 7.30pm.  Thursday, Saturday & Sunday matinees 2.30pm.

The Lion King

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's multi award-winning musical uses breath-taking masks and puppetry to create pure theatrical magic. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

(Source: https://disney.co.uk/shows/the-lion-king-musical-tickets)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Mamma Mia!

Set on a Greek Island Paradise, the story of a daughter on the eve of her wedding and her quest to discover the identify of her father, all set to the music of ABBA.

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.
Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

Recommended for ages 14 and above

(source: https://www.everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk/)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Waitress

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness. 

Suitable for 13 years plus

(Source: https://waitressthemusical.co.uk/about/)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Founded in 1852, it is well known for the wide variety of its collection. The items include furniture, fashion and textiles, sculpture, paintings, silver, glass, ceramics, jewellery, books, prints and photographs which illustrate the artistic life of many different cultures from all over the world.

Tate Modern

Tate Modern is Britain's new collection of modern art. The museum contains works from 1900 to present day and includes Dali, Picasso, Matisse, Rothko, Warhol and more contemporary artists. There is also a wide range of temporary exhibitions and public programmes.

Science Museum

The Science Museum, founded in 1857, is one of London’s major tourist attractions, attracting 3.3 million visitors annually. They do not charge for admission, however, there may be a charge for temporary exhibitions.

The Science Museum holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including such famous items such as Stephenson’s Rocket, Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive), the first jet engine, the Apollo 10 Command module, hundreds of interactive exhibits and an IMAX 3D Cinema.

The Science Museum is made up of a number of themed galleries including; Power, Exploring Space, Making of the Modern World, Flight, Information Age, Engineer Your Future and Medicine.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - Harry Potter

Go behind-the-scenes in the making of Harry Potter and see how many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes, props and animatronics, Warner Bro. Studio Tour provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making one of the most successful film franchises. Short workshops are also available in a variety of subjects including set design, camera choices and many more.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history.

As well as being located in a stunning and striking Romanesque architecture building, which is considered a work of art in its own right, the museum is famous for the dinosaurs and is home to over 80 million specimens spanning 4.5 billion years of Earth's history.

The museum offers too much to mention here but have collections under the categories of: oceans, human evolution, space, dinosaurs, British wildlife as well as visiting collections and exhibitions. Check out their website for up-to-date information.  https://www.nhm.ac.uk/

 

London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo and one of London’s main tourist attractions, located on the edge of Regents Park. 

They have a range of online resources available to download and use before, during and after a visit to ZSL London Zoo. Some of the resources are for the pupils to use and some are for the accompanying adults.

London Aquarium

The £25 million London Aquarium is the first attraction of its kind in London and is one of Europe's largest exhibitions of global aquatic life displayed in over 2 million litres of water. 

Visit to discover the amazing marine life at SEA LIFE London Aquarium, find out about penguins, sea turtles, sharks, jellyfish and much more. Travel through Pacific Ocean tunnels, tropical rainforests (and even a shark reef!) to see the different habitats on planet earth!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.  The critically acclaimed production is the most awarded new play in theatre history, winning 24 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most awarded play in the history of the Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play. 

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.  While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two Parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.

Educational resources are available.

On show at: Palace Theatre
School rates available:
Wednesday - Part One 2:00pm & Part Two 7:30pm
Thursday - Part One 7:30pm
Friday - Part Two 7:30pm

& Juliet

What if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate?
 
Join Juliet on this sensational journey of self-discovery and second chances, told through some of the most glittering pop anthems of the last three decades from legendary songwriter Max Martin, including …Baby One More Time, Since U Been Gone, Roar, Love Me Like You Do and Can’t Feel My Face, all brilliantly arranged by the Tony and Grammy Award-winning orchestrator Bill Sherman.
 
Brought to life by an award-winning creative team in an explosive fusion of styles, this vibrant and vital brand-new West End musical is directed by Luke Sheppard (In the Heights), electrifying choreography from Jennifer Weber and stunning set design from Soutra Gilmour.
 
& Juliet is the hilariously irreverent new musical that proves when it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo…

On show at: Shaftesbury theatre  
School rate available: Monday - Thursday

Prince of Egypt

Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.
Based on the acclaimed DreamWorks Animation film, The Prince of Egypt is an exhilarating, powerful and joyous celebration of belief and the human spirit.

On show at: Dominion Theatre
Times: Monday-Saturday 7.30pm.  Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm.
School rates available: Monday-Wednesday 7.30pm, Thursday 2.30pm & 7.30pm.

Witness for the Prosecution

YOU HAVE BEEN SUMMONED FOR JURY SERVICE...

Step inside the magnificent surroundings of London County Hall and experience the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie’s gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting.

Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high - will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony, will he be able to convince the jury, and you of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?

Don’t miss this landmark stage production on London’s Southbank.

SEE YOU IN COURT.

Exclusive to us - Meet & Greet Experience - Following a matinee performance, groups can stay, explore and take photos in the historic setting for the play, originally the debating chamber of London County Hall, and discuss the verdict with a member of the company. 

Frozen the Musical

This brand new West End musical celebrates the extraordinary story of two sisters that melted hearts across the world. 

With ground-breaking sets and special effects, incredible costumes and innovative stagecraft combine to stunning effect in this magical experience that will delight your pupils and sweep you away to the world of Arendelle with all its heart, humour and powerful storytelling.

Your favourite songs from the film combine with a brand new score from Grammy® and Academy-Award®-winning 'Let It Go' songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The set design, special effects and costumes come together in a breathtaking wonderland experience, the likes of which you've come to expect from the producers of such other Disney stage productions as The Lion King and Aladdin.

On show at: London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane from October 2020
School rate available: From January 2021 


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What you say

Both workshops brilliant! Shows excellent! Harry potter studios excellent! Globe theatre excellent! I will definitely use EST again. Fab!   Bodmin College

The theatre visits were both exceptional but Harry Potter was literally out of this world. Absolutely fantastic place and thoroughly enjoyed by all.   Vikki Rees School of Performance

Once again delighted with the service we have received from beginning to end with EST.  Queen Elizabeths Grammar School 

I will continue to use EST as each year our annual London trip gets better and better.  Kings Leadership Academy

An excellent trip which was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students. I received great support throughout.  Sir John Deanes College

This was my second journey via European Study tours and I would highly recommend the company to anyone bringing groups to London.  Pianca School

The Matilda workshop was excellent and the students gained a lot from the experience especially the q&a at the end.  The Globe workshop was good, the workshop leader was great and offered to change the workshop to something relevant to being studied by some students. Excellent communication by everyone, Sam was great with moving the itinerary around were possible to meet our needs and we are very grateful for Sam arranging an extra student to attend at the last minute.  Alder Grange Community and Technology School 

I was very happy with the booking process. Both Clare and Kelli helped me iron out various problems and were both very accommodating and supportive. It was their focus and determination to help that made this a viable trip for our students as it was tailored to our needs. ITINERARY It was varied and everything ran smoothly. The singing workshop was super - especially with the addition of a visit from a cast member! The kids were thrilled. We thought it was excellent and will definitely book with EST again in the future.  Sir Thomas Richs Grammar School