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Theatre Workout is the centre for Education in London's West End, and has created the official education programmes for 37 major West End productions since 2006 including Disney's The Lion King, Wicked, Hairspray and many more.

West End productions choose Theatre Workout to create their education programmes due to the experience and expertise we have in catering for school and student groups of all ages, including primary, secondary and tertiary education. Our workshops add vital educational content which maximises the theatre experience.

Our current range of workshops includes workshops for Waitress and Wicked, plus bespoke masterclasses tailored to any other play or musical. Other popular choices include Everybody's Talking About Jamie, The Play That Goes Wrong, A Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Thrilller - Live!, Matilda, and the Lion King.

We give students the confidence to play, create, and perform beyond expectations. Workshops can boost confidence, inspire creativity, and nurture a host of essential 'soft' skills we all need, such as listening and communication, teamwork and leadership. Drama can also raise aspirations, address social and cultural issues, and help struggling students achieve more.

Book your West End Workshop, theatre tickets, travel and accommodation, and any other activities with Theatre Workout today and let us create the perfect programme for you and your students.

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Why book Theatre Workout's West End Workshops workshop for your school?

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Theatre Workout is recognised through the West End theatre industry as the leading producer of theatre workshops for schools, catering for over 8000 students a year from around the world as part of their West End theatre visits.

We offer an unrivalled range of official and bespoke show workshop options, a broad array of studios, and we have an outstanding team of talented practitioners who can deliver your perfect theatre experience!

Winner: Best Leisure Product, British Youth Travel Awards, 2016 & 2018.
Winner: Best for West End Workshops, Global Entertainment Awards with LUXlife Magazine, 2018

Theatre Workout is a member of the Independent Theatre Council, the Creative Industries Federation, Action for Children's Arts, the British Education Travel Association, the European Tour Operators Association, Arts Award, Cultural Learning Alliance, and the BACC For The Future Campaign.

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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Curriculum topics available: Personal development and resilience, Team building.

Improved teamwork and leadership, confidence and self-esteem, communication skills and more are the outcomes of many of our workshops, helping students to be more empathetic, accepting, understanding and appreciative of each others unique abilities, differences and experiences.

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Curriculum topics available: Shakespeare, Story telling.

Plays were never written to be performed. Novels are often adapted for the stage. Our workshops give students a greater understanding of characters, their stories and more through practical techniques which bring the text to life. Shakespeare workshops in particular are very popular options for English students.

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Its what we do! We're all actors, dancers, performers, directors, fight directors and play a host of creative roles in the world of theatre, so we bring this extensive knowledge, training and experience to each of our workshops to inspire your students through techniques used daily in the industry.

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Dance is another form of creative expression which can evoke characters and emotions. It plays a huge role in theatre. We teach both choreography and the creative process behind it, giving students ownership over the dance choreography created and helping them understand what certain moves mean to an audience, how it compliments the character, story and emotions of a routine, and not just be movement without meaning.

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Musical theatre is a key component of most music curriculum and our workshops explore how music drives performance, heightens emotions, engages the audience, and inspires action on stage.

What activities are available during this educational workshop?

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Sample options include:
- West End Workshops for the Lion King, Wicked, Waitress, Dreamgirls, Chicago, and more
- Masterclasses on devising physical theatre, musical theatre, acting, Shakespeare, stage combat, and more.
- Shakespeare from an actor's perspective, ideal for English Literature students.
- Specialist workshops for foreign-language groups, ideal for language schools.
- Confidence boosters for students with low-level confidence, self-esteem issues, shyness, or poor communication skills.
- Talks on the creative industries (the UK's fastest growing sector generating over £94.2bn for the UK economy), including The Business of Theatre (ideal for Business students) and Working Freelance in the Arts (ideal for any students heading in a creative direction).
- Production support, including musical theatre and acting classes, rehearsal supervision, choreography, or marketing and other production support services.
- After school clubs and holiday courses with end of term/course performances

What size groups do you cater for?

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Groups of all sizes can be catered for, but the most common is up to about 30 in one session.

Half and full day programmes are available in which we can work with one group for the duration, multiple groups simultaneously, or several groups back-to-back, depending on the nature of the workshops, and how many students you want to take part.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Can be arranged on request

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Anything else?

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Theatre Workout has created the official educational workshop programmes for over 35 West End productions (including the Lion King, Wicked, 1984, 39 Steps, Hairspray, Chicago, Dreamgirls), and caters for over 8000 students a year. An award-winning company rated as one of the top ten drama trips in the UK by School Travel Organiser magazine.

All practitioners are DBS checked, professionally trained, highly experienced in their field and in education, and fully insured to work with young people.

Theatre Workout is a member of the British Education Travel Association, the Independent Theatre Council, Creative Industries Federation, and Action for Children's Arts, and is affiliated with ORA, and BACC For The Future.

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