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£69pp

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
  • Bespoke itinerary planning service
  • Free place ratios
  • Locate My Trip - live trip tracking app 
  • Online trip organiser & travel app
  • 24/7 support whilst you are away

Places to Stay

Reasons to Visit

Disney Theatrical Workshops

Workshops are run by musical theatre performers from the hit Disney shows 'The Lion King' and 'Aladdin'. 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.

Workshops can be adapted to suit ages and ability. Choose from:
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE - Movement and Music
LIONESS HUNT - Movement and Music
ARABIAN NIGHTS - Movement and Music
Workshops can only be booked alongside the purchase of a ticket to see the actual theatre show.

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.

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).

Shakespeare’s Globe Lively Action Workshop - Key Stage 5

This 90 minute session, comprises 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 can be 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 5

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

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour

Enchanted by Harry Potter and the special effects that have made this iconic series beloved? Go behind-the-scenes and see how many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes, props and animatronics, Warner Bro. Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making one of the most successful film franchises.

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.


We Make Trip Planning Easy

  • Day to day support and advice from our team of travel experts
  • Easy-to-view online tour quotation
  • Market-leading trip organiser portal, My Tour Manager
  • Free Resources and templates to help launch your trip
  • Email reminders to keep you on track
  • Free and completely personalised Travel App to access your information on the go
  • Locate My Trip designed to provide reassurance to parents and teachers
  • Risk Assessment advice so you can make an informed decision on every tour component
  • Teacher Inspection Visits

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