Ariel’s Award Winning Drama Academies

Ariel’s Award Winning Drama Academies

Ariel Company Theatre’s academies open their doors every Saturday from locations in Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Crawley, East Grinstead and Steyning. The weekly classes focus on all aspects of the Arts including singing, dance and of course acting. Ariel promotes a family atmosphere at all their academies and aims to help children from the age of 4 to 19 to fulfil their potential and build their confidence. Some follow their dream and go on to act in film and television or join a full-time drama school; others just have a whole lot of fun and make new friends. All have the opportunity to perform on some of the largest stages in Sussex.

Inspiring and inclusive, Ariel has won recognition in many areas including being named the KalliKids best UK Theatre Class in 2014 & 2015 and more recently the 2017 winners of a Mid Sussex Young Volunteer award for best Volunteer Group. This was awarded to the 80 Ariel Othello Buddies who volunteer every week to support Ariel students who have special educational needs.

Every year students take part in an annual showcase at a major venue such as the Hawth Theatre in Crawley or Chequers Mead in East Grinstead. Full to the brim of musical theatre classics, moving drama pieces and exhilarating dance, these shows provide students with the opportunity to perform and show what they have learnt. In addition students are always encouraged to audition for Ariel’s major productions and plays. A full gallery detailing past productions can be found on our website and our major musical for 2018 will be Les Misérables.

In addition to Ariel’s five academies there is also an extensive costume and technical hire division. With over 30 costume sets from the most popular musicals we hire to schools, drama schools, amateur theatre groups and major TV companies and due to the high quality of our costumes many return time and time again. With the latest lighting and sound equipment, Ariel Equip can provide everything that’s needed for either a small, intimate event to a full-scale performance. This in-house expertise benefits the Ariel students and can also help them understand all the different elements required to produce a box office success.

To discover Ariel for yourself book a free trial by calling 01444 205407, there is no audition process and everyone is welcome or visit