The Piccadilly Theatre operated as a cinema early on in its life, making entertainment history when it premiered the very first talking picture to be shown in Britain. The Piccadilly has presented most forms of stage entertainment from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? To A Night with Dame Edna. There have been a variety of Royal Shakespeare Company productions including Edward II starring Ian McKellen, and Henry Fonda also made his West End debut in the solo play, Clarence Darrow.
The 1990’s brought about an array of musicals, ballets and dance, notably the most successful commercial ballet season ever to play in the West End, with Adventures in Motion Pictures’ Swan Lake. Over the years, famous names has starred in a variety of shows such as; Dame Judi Dench, Michael Pennington, Julia MacKenzie, Eric Sykes. Over the years it has also hosted the smash-hit musical Spend Spend Spend starring Olivier award-winning actress, Barbara Dickson, Noises Off starring Lynn Redgrave and the transfer of the multi-award winning Jersey Boys.
ATG's Creative Learning Team understands that time for a teacher is limited and that now more than ever teachers are feeling the stress and strain of long hours and a heavy workload. Our Creative Learning also recognises the value of learning through a creative process and how it can engage and stimulate students, bolstering the already extraordinary work you do. So here's what we can offer you:
Your pupils will work with our truly inspiring West End professionals - all of whom are DBS checked, see ATG Safeguarding policy for more information on the Enhanced Disclosures we undertake for our staff.
All our group workshops are bespoke and can be tailored according to your student's needs. We can explore any English or Drama text on the GCSE and A-Level curriculum or otherwise.
These take place at our ATG venues/ Theatres and Pineapple Studios and will never be too far away from your booked performance in conjunction with a Theatre Production and we are also able to bring workshops to your school. We provide this service to the majority of London and are happy to accommodate you at your school if this is possible.
We can do any weekday and our workshops are available for 1.5 hours, 2 hours, 3 hours and a full day (usually 10:30 - 16:30).
In partnership with our Group Sales department, we also offer regular workshops for schools on the long-running shows like Wicked, Matilda and The Woman in Black.
A list of things we can do:
― Physical Theatre Workshops
― Stage Fighting
― Comedy and Farce
― Improvisation and Devising
― Acting Technique
― Woman in Black
― Blood Brothers
― The Crucible
― Death of a Salesman
― Jane Eyre
― An Inspector Calls
― A Street Car Named Desire
― All My Sons
We also offer a variety of open workshops for adults, these usually take place from 10:30 -16:30 on a monthly basis in one of our venues. Past workshops have been Writing for Beginners with award-winning playwright Ali Taylor, Directing for theatre with artistic director of Theatre503, Lisa Spirling and Sung-thru musicals with West End MD Louisa Green, all at a very competitive price.
"What I loved about working with Lisa was how engaging her teaching was and getting up on our feet and being a part of the process. Really worth giving it a go. It's enlightening and so useful."
Participant - Directing for Theatre 26th June 2019.
"It was very enjoyable and an exciting opportunity. I have learnt many new things and feel more confident when singing. You have encouraged, inspired and help me believe in myself."
Singing Workshop Feb 2018
In addition, we run a Work in Theatre Course taking place over 4 weeks of the year in the Easter and Summer holidays, designed to explore the options available to young people interested in a career in theatre. During the course you will have the chance to gain hands-on experience in one of our West End Theatres, in areas such as Front of House, Box Office, Theatre Management, Backstage, some lighting and Sound and the opportunity to participate in workshops such as 'being a West End Producer', 'Theatre Marketing', and 'Theatre Programming.'
The intention is to give you a broad understanding of the mechanisms of West End Theatre, the roles available within the industry and a taster of the reality of the roles in order for you to fully understand what goes on behind a production.