First Class Holidays

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Special Half Price Offer!!!

Book TWO places and we’ll only charge for ONE! It can be a sibling or friend. Just let us know you are booking together and it’s HALF PRICE!

Acting, singing and dancing their way through fun themed courses, First Class Holidays provide an exciting, challenging, rewarding and FUN way for children aged 4-6 to spend a week of their Spring or Summer holidays.

If you’d like a little taste of what a First Class Holiday is all about, click here for a video we made recently. And go here to see some of the final showings.

The holiday classes for younger children are a gentle and happy blend of drama,singing, dancing and craft. The children are encouraged to give all kinds of new things a go and it’s amazing what they can achieve in just 5 short days, 9.45am-12.30pm daily on a First Class Holiday course in St Albans!

2018 Summer Course Details

You can book online below, or just call us on 01727 759634

logo-copy-tiny23 -27 July – Wizard of Oz

Join Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and The Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz where the Munchkins and loads of fun and adventures await us. Just click your heels together three times…

plogo-copy-tiny30 July – 3 August – Paddington

Our most welcome illegal immigrant takes us on an express train to laughter, excitement and friendship. The Browns, Mrs. Bird, Mr Gruber and even Aunt Lucy from Darkest Peru will be there to help us tell the story.

logo18-copy-tiny7 – 11 August – The Little Mermaid

Under the sea Ariel, Seb, Flounder, Scuttle, King Triton and all the gang are up to fun and frolics on their latest fishy adventure. Come and join our ocean friends in all their marine mischief

Book your courses below…

Mon 23 Jul 2018 to Fri 27 Jul 2018 – 9:45 am to 12:30 pm

Course length: 1 weeks

Course location: St. Albans


Mon 30 Jul 2018 to Fri 03 Aug 2018 – 9:45 am to 12:30 pm

Course length: 1 weeks

Course location: St. Albans


Tue 07 Aug 2018 to Sat 11 Aug 2018 – 9:45 am to 12:30 pm

Course length: 1 weeks

Course location: St. Albans




So What Happens at a First Class Holiday Course?

It’s a place for making new friends, building confidence and having a fantastic time – a safe, friendly and dynamic atmosphere where even the most timid child will feel able to join in. And perhaps the best recommendation comes from the number of children who come back to our holiday courses year after year. No experience is necessary, and there are no auditions. Every week is different so children can come to as many as they like.

Classes run from 9.45am to 12.30am daily, with a showing on the last day at 12 non. In his/her time with us, your child will get the chance to try out all the creative skills and quickly get to know other children through play and listening.

Each morning has three elements. There is a gentle performance class with songs, dances and drama. Next is craft time where your child will create all sorts of wonderful things – lots of glue, glitter and colour! And then there is the show, usually based on a children’s classic tale but given our special flavour, which is put on for family and friends at the very end of the week. But the show is just a small part of a week bursting with energy, fun and friendship.

Your child will leave us with a goody bag full of their work, a personalised and themed certificate, a souvenir group photo, a cool t-shirt and some little extras…

Just a reminder, there’s video here which shows what happens during a week – enjoy!



Our Classes

  • Best Beans: 3 Months - 4 Years

    What a wonderful world it is for the very young – every day filled with new sights, sounds and experiences. Bestbeans helps develop in your child the skills needed to make the most of them.

    Bestbeans are classes from Best Theatre Arts for babies and toddlers in St Albans and offer the best start for your child – a brilliant new way to begin their voyage through childhood with growing self-esteem, easy sociability and a good sense of fun.

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    Best Beans
  • First Class: 4 - 6 Years

    First Class is a gentle introduction to communications skills and performance from Best Theatre Arts. Learning through play and experience is vital and your child will have the chance to try things out in an atmosphere of fun and support. Of course not all the children are comfortable with performance – indeed many are initially nervous or shy. But it is amazing how quickly that changes as we help them grow the confidence to move forward.

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    First Class
  • First Class Holidays: 4 - 6 Years

    It’s a place for making new friends, building confidence and having a fantastic time – a safe, friendly and dynamic atmosphere where even the most timid child will feel able to join in. And perhaps the best recommendation comes from the number of children who come back to our holiday courses year after year. No experience is necessary, and there are no auditions. Every week is different so children can come to as many as they like.

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    First Class Holidays
  • Best: 6 - 16 Years

    If you are looking for drama classes, acting training or the whole range of performing arts for the theatre in Hertford or St Albans, there’s no better place to start than Best Theatre Arts.

    Best’s core course features an hour each of acting/drama, singing and dancing on a Friday or Saturday.

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    Best
  • Best Youth Theatre: 6 - 16 Years

    Best Youth Theatre (aka TheBYTE) is creative, re-inventive, challenging and progressive – a well-established, dynamic young people’s theatre company in St Albans.

    Based at The Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans, We build confidence and skills in a supportive, friendly and open environment in which all the group feel able to give things a go. And, most of all, we have FUN! TheBYTE is part of Best Theatre Arts, St.Albans’ leading independent theatre school for young people and is run by Lisa Schulberg, principal of Best School of Acting.

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    Best Youth Theatre
  • LAMDA: 6 - 16 Years

    Best’s LAMDA classes have achieved truly remarkable results- we are delighted that so far we have achieved a 100% pass rate – the vast majority (over 90%) at either Merit or Distinction!

    We offer expert tuition to all grades of LAMDA examination. Each grading takes a course of eight 20 minute classes and there’s a huge variety of performance skills you can choose to explore – acting, devising, reading, musical theatre – either individually, with a friend or in larger groups.

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    LAMDA
  • Holiday Academies: 6 - 16 Years

    If you’re looking for a way for your children (aged 6 to 16) to burn off some energy, improve their confidence, meet new friends and have some fun, look no further than our fantastic holiday courses that run during the school holidays from 10am-4pm daily, usually Monday to Friday. A Best Theatre Arts holiday workshop is not just a drama class, a singing class or a dancing class – it is a place for making new friends, building confidence and having a fantastic time – a safe, friendly and dynamic atmosphere where even the most timid child will feel able to join in. And perhaps the best recommendation comes from the number of children who come back to our holiday courses year after year. No experience is necessary, and there are no auditions.

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    Holiday Academies
  • Best School of Acting: 6 - 16 Years

    Best School of Acting is an entirely new concept in children’s part-time theatre training – a term time course offering professional training to young people interested in advancing their acting and drama skills. Based in St.Albans, the three-hour weekly sessions on term-time Saturday afternoons (2pm-5pm) are purely based around drama and performance.

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    Best School of Acting



Latest News

The Beast beats Best!
March 2, 2018

The awful state of the roads means there will be no Best, Best School of Acting or First Class classes tomorrow (Saturday 3rd March). For those with LAMDA classes prior to exams on Sunday we have made special arrangements.

Exciting Best double bill announced
January 25, 2018

On 26th February at The Maltings, two Best groups will present an exciting and contrasting double bill… Best School of Acting’s Adavanced group will present a collection of moments from the writings of George Bernard Shaw – ‘To Be Shaw’. Best’s youth theatre group, TheBYTE, will present ‘Dr Hugh & The Creatives’. Imagine a world… Read more »

These Bridges – dates announced

Our performances of ‘These Bridges’ as part of the National Theatre Connections programme will be on 26-28 March at The Maltings Arts Theatre. Tickets from  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo A catastrophic flood. The Thames barrier has burst and London is submerged. One year on and rumours abound that there’s electricity, even WIFI, on the other side of the… Read more »