Stagecoach Theatre Arts

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Stagecoach Theatre Arts Ltd.
Type of business Private
Founded 1988 (1988)
Headquarters Walton-on-Thames,
, United Kingdom
Area served Australia
United Kingdom
Founder(s) Stephanie Manuel, David Sprigg
Industry Theatre Arts
Slogan(s) Creative Courage For Life
(see list of localized domain names)
Current status Active

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Ltd is a professional part-time theatre arts School with over 600 schools in the United Kingdom. Training is offered in singing, dancing and acting. Stagecoach operates one of the largest networks in the UK with 40,000 students and 9 other countries worldwide; in addition there are offshoots such as annual performance opportunities at Disneyland Paris, performances at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, Stagecoach Teacher Training, Regional Choirs and Dance Troupes.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts is a franchises for part-time theatre arts schools in Australia, Canada, Germany, Gibraltar, Malta, Spain and the UK..[1]


Stagecoach Theatre Arts Ltd is a national network of part-time theatre schools for young people aged 4 to 18 years, it was founded by Stephanie Manuel and David Sprigg in 1988 in Surrey.

25th Anniversary Celebrations[edit]

To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, 3500 children performed Andrew Lloyd Webbers 'Cats The Musical'in the Birmingham National Indoor Arena on March 24, 2013;[2] in association with 'The Really Useful Group', 3500 children from across Europe joined a virtual choir of many international Stagecoach students to perform the biggest production of the musical ever seen. The virtual choir was an addition to a 500 strong live choir, and to accompany the choir and the rest of the students was a full size orchestra and 16 selected soloists. 35 Stagecoach franchises across the UK performed the show on 7 'stages' around the arena, with each school taking it in turns to portray a small section of the musical. In addition to this, 52 selected elite dancers, including 14 solo dancers taking the named parts, performed the whole musical on a raised stage in the centre of the arena, the Really Useful Group, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Veronica Bennetts, Stephanie Manuel and Paul Leddington Wright all contributed and collaborated to bring this production together.[citation needed]

Early Stages (4 to 6 years old)[edit]

Children aged 4–6 years are introduced to Stagecoach through Early Stages classes which run for a shorter period of 90 minutes, split into three 30 minute sessions in dance, drama and singing.

Main School (6 to 16 years old)[edit]

Stagecoach offer singing, drama and dancing lessons all in one place over a three-hour time slot, the schools operate for three hours each week during term-time, either after school or at weekends where kids learn to sing, dance and act.

Young Performer[edit]

Young Performer (Known as 'The Mask' until a revamp to Young Performer in approx 2000) is the only national performing arts magazine for young people. Inspired by Stagecoach and published by Ten Alps Creative, the magazine is designed to appeal to those young people for whom acting, singing and dancing is a passion, with three issues a year, the focus is to entertain, inform and educate through articles, interviews, news stories, quizzes and competitions.

Young Performer magazine is circulated to all Stagecoach Main School students, a magazine devoted to young actors, singers and dancers, and includes information on the entertainment industry, and interviews with young British actors.[3]


Stagecoach is available with localized website versions in 9 countries including the UK.

Country Language Website
 Australia (and worldwide launch) English (Australian) Stagecoach Australia
 Canada English (Canadian) Stagecoach Canada
 Germany German Stagecoach Germany
 Gibraltar English Stagecoach Gibraltar
 Malta English Stagecoach Malta
 South Africa English (South African) Stagecoach South Africa
 Spain English Stagecoach Spain
 UK English Stagecoach UK
 USA English (American) Stagecoach USA

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Stagecoach Part Time Theatre Arts School". Stagecoach Theatre Arts plc. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  2. ^ "REFLECTIONS ON 'CATS' - Stagecoach Theatre Arts". Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
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