If you’re looking for a way for your children (aged 3 to 16) to have a brilliant time, burn off some energy, improve their confidence, and meet new friends, look no further than our fantastic holiday courses that run during the school holidays from 10am-4pm daily, usually Monday to Friday.
We take a unique and proven approach, honed over 20 years. We start with the name of the theme – that’s all! Over the course of 5 days the students invent the story, devise the scenes, script the play (weith us following on behind typing things up) and then putting on an amazing show for families and friends. It also means that every week is different so children can come to as many as they like.
We often use the SandPit Theatre for the final show and recently we’ve been trying new things, such as performing around the school campus promenade-style. But wherever we stage it, the final show is always a smash!
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.
We accept Childcare Vouchers and now we offer early drop offs too.
And in 2020 the Covid situation inspired us to even greater creative heights! Watch this…
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.
This is what happened in 2021 summer courses
For ages 6 to 16
Alice was older but wanted to return to Wonderland. This may have been a mistake! Somebody stole the tea (and the T’s) so Weeldedum and Weedledee and the Whie Rabbi got very confused!
Far away on the edge of space the Great Galactic Bake Off is in full swing with contestants from throughout the universe. In the meantime alines were after our recipes and kidnapped humnas via a black hole. We performed this outside and even had an immersive UV light experience!
Stranded on a strange island by an evil pilot our adventurers went in search of the Golden Unicorn – and they kind of found it…
And acting specialist classes for ages 11+
[email protected] – Comedy 26-30 July (St Albans)
Exploring the surpringly complex but totally enterrtaining world of acting for comedy – the techniques, the tircks and the delivery. A week of acting fun ending with a performance for family and friends! Ages 11+
[email protected] – Shakespeare 2-6 August (St Albans)
OK – here’s the play, but what does it all mean? What makes his works so timeless? And can we have some fun here? Working with Shakespeare can be amazingly excfiting, creative and fulfilling. Here’s a week to help you approach his works with confidence and anticipation! Ages 11+
[email protected] – Film & TV 9-13 August (St Albans)
Why is acting for the camera so different? What are the basic techniques you’ll need? And what are some of the clever tricks? We’ll explire all this and end with a filmed piece to show family and friends. Ages 11+
£180 (age 6+)
£160 (ages 3 to 5)
Discounts for siblings and multi-week bookings
Early drop off £25 per week
Register your interest for a holiday course
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.
Best Beginners (previously ‘First Class’) is a wonderful introduction to communications skills and performance. Learning through play and experience is vital and your child will have the chance to try things out in an exciting and energetic atmosphere of fun and support.
Our First Class holidays are for making new friends, building confidence and having a fantastic time – a safe, friendly and dynamic atmosphere where every child will feel able to join in.
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 School of Musical Theatre.
Best’s LAMDA classes achieve truly remarkable results – we offer expert tuition to all grades of LAMDA examination.
Best’s legendary holiday courses – children devise, script and perform a unique musical show in just 5 days!
Best Youth Theatre (aka TheBYTE) is creative, re-inventive, challenging and progressive – a well-established, multi-award-winning, dynamic young people’s theatre company.
Best School of Acting is an entirely new concept in part-time theatre training – specialist acting sklls and techniques for young people.
The Company is an exciting and unique new group focused on creating and performing new musicals – ideal for genuine triple threats and actor-musicians.
Best makes Connections with the National Theatre
October 12, 2021
Best has been selected to take part in the 2022 National Theatre Connections programme. This is hugely exciting, following on from our participation in 2015 where we were selected to appear at the National Theatre itself with ‘The Boy Preference’, and our amazing production of ‘These Bridges’ in 2018 at ArtsDepot, Finchley. Our chosen play… Read more »
Best welcomes Eden Lole as Musical Director
August 17, 2021
We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Musical Director, Eden Lole. Eden is a singer, musical director, songwriter, performer and pianist, who began teaching at just 17-years old to her younger peers at school. She continued to teach her throughout her University years, where she graduated with a first-class honour in Music Performance at the British Institute of… Read more »
Best Hertford moves to Heath Mount
August 16, 2021
We are delighted to announce that our Hertford classes are moving to Heath Mount School near Watton-at-Stone. It is a fantastic venue – beautiful buildings and grounds and super facilities, inclding a brand new Performing Arts Centre. There’s more news here, and there’s a free workshop session on 11th September where prospective parents and students… Read more »