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By night the stage at The Theatre Royal Haymarket is lit up with some of the greatest names in theatre as they walk the boards but unlike many West End venues TRH never sleeps. By day Masterclass plays host to the biggest names in theatre and the Arts as they come to share their experiences of the industry and their careers in a regular series of inspiring talks and workshops for young people. Admission to these unique events is free for anyone between the ages of 17 - 30. Theatre Royal Haymarket is the only commercial West End Theatre dedicated to offering free advice and careers training for young people.
Have a question about the industry or just want to be inspired? Masterclass is the place to engage with the biggest names in acting, directing, writing, producing and design.
Ewan McGregor, Idris Elba, Imelda Staunton, Ian Rickson, Elaine Paige, Richard Curtis, Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes, Anna Chancellor, Danny DeVito, Josie Rourke and Jez Butterworth.
To see what we have coming up and to book please visit our events page.
To see our full list of our Past Masters click here.
To see productions staged through The Academy click here.
The Masterclass Friends Scheme
Our masterclasses have proved exceptionally popular over the years and we are proud to be at the forefront of the education, inspiration and empowerment of young people in Theatre. We fully understand that many outside the free eligibility age bracket may want to join in with these unique sessions. With this in mind Masterclass offers membership of our Friends Scheme. For just £55 a year anyone not eligible for free admission can join and attend all our talks within the year, as well as access to other exclusive benefits. If you are only interested in one or two Masterclasses we also offer the opportunity to pay for single sessions at £10 a time. All money raised through the Friends Scheme or taken on the door helps to keep our programme free for young people. For more details on the scheme and to order your membership, please click here.
What our Masters have said about Masterclass
“I thoroughly enjoyed the Masterclass. It was so rewarding working with young people. It was really exciting.” Sam Spiro, Actress and Past Master
“Masterclass is one of the finest institutions in the West End, free talks and advice for young people” Hit the Theatre
“This is one of the finest projects that exists and I can’t recommend it more highly.” Sir David Hare, Playwright and Past Master