LCPA was founded in 2014 by award-winning international composer and lyricist Laurence Mark Wythe and Claire Pourret, the founder and Principal of social organisation company Theatre Street Performing Arts. Our aim, then and now, is to provide the highest quality training and tuition for aspiring performers at affordable prices, giving our students the ideal preparation for the next step of their careers without charging ultra-expensive fees.

Courses have been led by West End leading man Gary Watson since 2015, who has appeared in several hit musicals, including Les Miserables, Jersey Boys and Matilda. Alongside Watson is a faculty of top tutors from across the industry, including head of musical theatre Chris Stoddart (Jersey Boys, Evita), head of dance Hayley Elston-Love (Princess & Costa cruises - DDI) and head of acting Francesca Ellis (The Railway Children, Company).

As of 2019, LCPA will offer two separate courses:

  • 2 year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, completely free for students 16-18 – a BTEC course that is the equivalent of three A-Levels and operates as the perfect springboard for further training.

  • 1 year Professional Foundation vocational course for 18+ students seeking preparation for drama school, dance college and university entry. As part of our commitment to being affordable, we are proud to offer a full Scholarship for one of our students to attend the course with no fees.

Our students are given the option to choose Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre pathways depending on their strengths and specialities, ensuring that each experience is individually tailored.

LCPA is also regularly joined by star industry guests, from Alice Fearn (Wicked), to Sophie Isaacs (Heathers) and Jon-Scott Clark (Hamilton). Our faculty of West End and Industry tutors combined with our first-rate facilities provide the finest pre-degree training - free or affordably -and this is what makes LCPA such a special place to begin your career.

All courses are taught at LCPA’s multi-studio complex in South-East London where facilities include a fully-functional 160-seat theatre, fully-equipped rehearsal studios, a student den, and a café.

Abbey Wood and the surrounding neighbourhoods are undergoing a continuing programme of improvement from new Sainsbury's, Starbucks and Lidl close by to the eventual opening of Crossrail which will culminate at Abbey Wood Station - just a ten minute walk from the College.

LCPA is accessible to students from all over the south east, London and Kent, and beyond. We are 15 minutes from the A2/Blackwall Tunnel, 25 minutes from the M25/Dartford Crossing and just 30 minutes from Central London by train and car, giving our students access to West End theatre on their doorstep.

People tell you that you can’t. At LCPA, you learn that you can.”
— Paul, 2nd year student