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Our professional, extreme, triple threat, 3 year musical theatre Diploma is designed for people ages 18 - 24. We pride ourselves on being one of the most affordable courses in the UK with no compromise on training. Quite the opposite. We offer MORE! This course will get you industry ready for the professional musical theatre industry without leaving you bankrupt!

"If you can find a more extreme 3 year course, like for like, offering more contact hours including private singing lesson in your fees, for less money we will train you FREE"

Emil Dale

FACT: All students take part in a London Showcase with guaranteed musical theatre agency representation at the end of the course.

FACT: All fees include private 1-to-1 singing lessons every week for every student.

We audition throughout the year. There are only TWO things to prepare. You will need to learn a monologue of your choice lasting approximately 1 minute and one musical theatre song with sheet music (you must bring the sheet music with you).

You will take part in one jazz class all together and have an interview at the end.

We are looking for trainability. Many people come to us as a strong singer or a stronger dancer. Do not let anything hold you back!

We also offer free open days. To apply for an AUDITION / OPEN DAY please CLICK HERE

Extreme - Triple Threat - Affordable Fees - North of London (Only 30 mins from Kings cross) - Affordable Accommodation

"If you can find a like for like Musical Theatre course in the UK, offering more contact hours with weekly private singing lessons included in the fees for every student, for less money, we will train you completely FREE!"

Emil Dale

What the course offers:

  • London Showcase in front of agents & casting directors in London in your third year
  • Guaranteed professional agency representation when you finish the course
  • In third year - Participation in a full-scale production accompanied by a live West End band
  • Based out of our 12,000 sq. ft, 3-storey building with 6 studios and a 200-seater theatre (The Factory Playhouse, Hitchin)
  • 36 contact hours a week
  • A minimum of 32 weeks a year
  • No more than 43 people in a year group
  • Maximum of 22 people in a class

Weekly (**Please note during show terms, we will run a condensed timetable to accommodate rehearsals and shows):

  • Private 1-to-1 singing lesson for every student every week (With top industry professionals from across the UK)
  • Up to 36 contact hours a week
  • 3 x West End Jazz classes (Streamed in ability)
  • 3 x Acting classes (Including acting for stage and screen, text deconstruction, monologues, audition classes, acting projects)
  • 3 x Technical ballet classes (Streamed in ability)
  • 3 x Ensemble singing classes (Technical harmony workshops)
  • 3 x 45 mins -1hour of cardio and strengthening
  • Hot Yoga Classes
  • Gym sessions (run by a qualified personal trainer who tailors the workout to suit your needs/requirements)
  • Tap dance (streamed into beginner, intermediate & advanced)
  • Song and dance class with West End performers (Up to 30 a term)
  • Song workshop to prepare your audition songs with top casting directors & industry professionals
  • Weekly West End Masterclasses (taught by professionals working in top UK Touring and West End shows)

Additional weekly classes include a combination of the following:

  • Commercial dance (With industry professionals)
  • Contemporary dance (Teacher from London Contemporary Dance School)
  • Performance workshop (Perform individually in front of an audience)
  • History of musical theatre
  • Professional development (learning about the industry and gaining understanding of casting, job roles, submitting tax return, nutrition and more)


  • Musical Theatre or Acting Projects
  • Careers talks with casting directors, agents & producers

Apply now for an audition!

Emil Dale Academy keeps fees for all our courses to a minimum. Our fees work out to around half the price similar courses with nearly double the contact hours. We also include private individual weekly singing lessons in your fees. We are not an elitist school and believe everybody should be given a chance to train with us if they audition successfully.

We offer payment plans which spread the costs over 12 months. Many of our students have successfully been granted funding from private companies to help support them at our College. Emil Dale does offer a small number scholarships himself - these are granted after successful audition and are means tested.

Do not let funding put you off! Everyone should have the right to train.

The 3 year Diploma Fees are:

2017 £2600 a term inclusive of VAT (£7800 annual)

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 21429.

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning.

For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900

Get in contact should you need any more information

Here at Emil Dale, we appreciate that this will be the first time that many students will be away from home so we give new students as much support as possible in finding housing; whether it be in a Emil Dale Academy student house or for some students who will be moving into host family accommodation.

EDA sets up a private EDA Facebook "accommodation page" which allows new students to be contacted by existing students with information on houses and rooms that are available. This private web page is also constantly updated by EDA with links to useful sites, contacts and potential housing.

The EDA Facebook page is a great forum for the students to speak with one another to form groups and also see what potential rooms may be available in existing EDA houses.


  • Rent is approximately £80-100 a week (give or take depending on property)
  • Council tax is exempt for students for the period of the course that they are on.
  • Students usually set up a house account which they pay approximately £40 each per month into to cover utility bills.
  • Host families are available in the local area who rent out their rooms. Many of these families are teachers and all families require a DBS check.

We are driven by results! Take a look at student destinations by CLICKING HERE

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Our Patrons

Chris Hocking

Chris Hocking

Deputy Principal and Director of the Schools of Musical Theatre and Acting at Arts Educational London.

Neil Rutherford

Neil Rutherford

International director, casting director, writer and composer, having worked for over 30 years in professional theatre in London and Australia.

Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis has fast become recognised as the First Lady of West End musicals from her starring roles in London and on Broadway, she has also achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album Anthem.

Audition / Book Open Day

Difficulties completing the form? Please call 01462 677 808

We hold auditions throughout the year and offer places as we go. Our auditions are held on Monday evenings 5:00pm - 10pm. You are only required to prepare two things: one musical theatre song with sheet music and one monologue of your choice. You will then take part in an open jazz class. Remember we are looking for trainability. You do not have to be perfect. The audition fee is £30 which you will need to pay online by filling in the form below.

We believe the best way to get a feel for our Academy is to take part in our free West End Masterclass Open Days or watch one of our full scale production in our theatre book here  Meet the teachers, look around the building and take classes in all disciplines. We only offer a limited number of open days. Please note: You ALSO get to look around, meet teachers and ask questions on our audition days.

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