Our vibrant Musical Theatre Department has an unparalleled reputation for its rigorous and dynamic performance training. Situated in the heart of the UK’s musical theatre capital, with excellent links to the West End and beyond, we will equip you with all the skills you need to become a poised, polished performer for the 21st century. You will be encouraged to think in new ways about your identity as a creative performer, prepared for this competitive and popular industry, and empowered to push the boundaries of possibility within the world of musical theatre.
As a Musical Theatre student at Trinity Laban you will develop your unique identity, whilst nurturing the diverse range of skills needed as a professional musical theatre performer. Prepare to be challenged, inspired and motivated to the limits of your creativity!
Our Musical Theatre programmes combine intensive, specialist training with an exciting portfolio of performance opportunities. You will experience the dynamic fusion of disciplines that make up the versatile skill set of the musical theatre performer, as we help you develop the highest possible standards of technical and artistic achievement.
You will work with leading professionals in the industry: our teachers are immersed in their field, variously as West End performers, musical directors, composers, conductors and freelance artists. They bring their expertise and experience fresh from stage to teaching room, where they will coach and support you as you prepare for success in this highly competitive field. You will also have ample opportunity to work with visiting artists through performance workshops, skills classes, masterclasses and the end of year shows.
Nurturing your unique talents and flair is fundamental to the Department’s philosophy. You will develop excellent performance skills, musical versatility and adaptability, bringing your individual voice into play as you acquire a broad knowledge and understanding of musical theatre repertoire. We are proud of our links to new musical theatre, and we will encourage you to develop your creative interests as composers, choreographers, lyricists or directors as well as performing artists.
Performance lies at the heart of everything we do. You will have many opportunities to take part in projects of all shapes and sizes, modelled on real-life performance contexts. These will give you the chance to apply and adapt your developing skills to a diverse range of repertoire and performance settings.
As an undergraduate student, you will have the chance to perform in prestigious professional venues, including our own Blackheath Halls and Laban Theatre, The Ambassadors Theatre in London’s West End, and Stratford Circus. The scale and size of the performances develops over your three years of training, and you will take part in seven major performance projects over your three years of study. Typical projects include:
- small- and medium-scale showings of work
- classic and contemporary musical theatre repertoire
- theatre in education in local schools
- an in-depth study into the works of Sondheim
- a West End agent showcase
- a devised musical
At the end of each year you will put on a full musical, coached and directed by professionals from the industry. Recent productions include The Witches of Eastwick, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Pyjama Game and Spend Spend Spend. 2017’s trio of offerings consist of Made in Dagenham, Urinetown and The Dreaming.
Watch trailers and read more about our shows.
See who performed in the Musical Theatre Showcase 2018.
Find out more about our Musical Theatre Students 2018/19
Musical Theatre is itself the fusion of different art forms. At Trinity Laban you will work collaboratively not just within the department, but with students and staff from across the Conservatoire. Musical Theatre performances are supported by musicians from the Faculty of Music, with pit bands for our end of year productions being recruited from the ranks of our music students. You will also take part in CoLab, our unique two-week collaborative learning experience across the institution, where you will be encouraged to take creative risks, try out new artistic ventures and push the boundaries of your art forms.
Engaging with the profession
Many of our teaching staff are eminent performers and practitioners in their own right, providing you with an important source of advice and experience and enabling you to forge close links with the various strands of the musical theatre profession. The networks you build during your time here, through industry-led projects and workshops to the agent showcase, will provide you with a strong foundation for your future career.
You will also have the opportunity to perform in well-established London venues, working with key industry figures in professional contexts to refine your skills and showcase them in front of experienced audiences.
During your time with us you will engage with a range of learning opportunities to help you prepare for a portfolio career. You will develop artistic leadership and business skills, as well as skills in public performance and audience engagement. The diverse curriculum covers: preparing your CV, audition techniques, guidance on self-employment and tax, personal development, and accessing arts funding. In addition, a varied programme of masterclasses, seminars and visiting artists will provide you with the chance to work with and observe world-class professional performers.
Our graduates go on to perform in musical theatre productions in the West End, in international and UK touring productions, on film and TV, as well as within the wider entertainment industry.
Many successful musical theatre artists, musical directors and pit musicians received their first experiences of musical theatre at Trinity Laban.
Here is just a selection of the productions our musical theatre alumni have performed in: Wicked, Mamma Mia!, 42nd Street and Thriller Live (West End); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (UK tour); Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); Babe the Sheep Pig (Polka Theatre); Kiss Me Kate (Paris); We Will Rock You (Royal Caribbean Cruise). Our alumni have also performed in productions at Disneyland Paris, the London Fringe, with Disney and AIDA Cruises, and in BBC1 drama Trust Me.
To view the impressive organisations that our alumni have worked with, visit Alumni Destinations.
For more information on the successes of Trinity Laban Jazz graduates and what they have to say about the course, visit Alumni Profiles.
Widespread praise for Trinity Laban Musical Theatre’s CabaretTrinity Laban Musical Theatre's production of Cabaret receives widespread praise from attending theatre critics.Thu 13 Dec 2018#Musical Theatre
Trinity Laban students in celebration of Bernstein’s centenaryMusical Theatre and Junior Trinity students joined almost 500 young performers in Bernstein’s MASS, conducted by Marin Alsop.Mon 9 Apr 2018#Musical Theatre #Junior Trinity
Musical Theatre students at Trinity Laban experience a diverse range of performance opportunities, modelled on real-life contexts. Check out our gallery for our past student shows.
- 1 - City of Angels
- 2 - Spectaculum
- 3 - Urinetown, performed at Stratford Circus, London
- 4 - Witches of Eastwick
- 5 - Made in Dagenham, performed at Stratford Circus, London