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Ariel Company Theatre | Drama Academies in nr Haywards Heath

Ariel Company Theatre | Drama Academies

  1. Ariel Drama Academy | Patron - Nigel Harman
    is one of the most highly respected Drama Academies and Theatre production company in the Sussex area, established in 1991; Ariel has achieved genuine acclaim and recognition within the theatre industry for our Academies, shows and professional approach in producing productions for students and adults alike. As such, Ariel draws upon unparalleled experience in generating memorable creative entertainment for our students & audiences, by staging primarily modern Musicals, Concerts and Plays in professional Theatres. 

    Ariel Drama Academy is an independent Drama Academy for Students 5 to 19, dedicated to training young actors in the core fundamental skills required to become an actor. We strive to create a centre of excellence in each of our core disciplines, whilst always maintaining a key sense of fun through learning and a genuine passion for our pupils to thrive. We offer a broad curriculum on the three core Areas; Drama, Dance and Singing. Ariel also ensure LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) exams, are taught free of charge along side their normal disciplines of singing, dance and drama.

    Nigel Harman star of EastEnders, West End, Shrek, Three days of Rain, I Can't Sing and Downton Abbey is the Companies Patron. ‘The standard of Theatrical Training is second to none, and I am honoured to be Ariel’s Patron, the School sets a shining example of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication’ says Nigel.  Students from the Academies have received top National lifetime honours for outstanding and selfless contribution to their communities, though our work with students with Special needs division and they hold the ‘Lady Diana Award for Excellence’ and we are recognised in the industry for our work in this area, teaching alongside the mainstream Academy to students with moderate to severe learning and physical disabilities.

    Bristol Old Vic, LIPA, Mountview, RADA, Lamda, Central, GSA are just a few of the many professional Drama Schools where Ariel students are studying or finished their studies there. This year we already have students with unconditional places offered, alongside a great number being part of the National Youth Theatre. 

    Areas covered

    In Sussex Burgess Hill Crawley East Grinstead Haywards Heath Steyning

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    • nr Haywards Heath Unit 20, Bolney Grange Business Park Stairtbridge Lane Bolney nr Haywards Heath RH17 5PB
    • Haywards Heath Warden Park School Broad Street Cuckfield Haywards Heath RH17 5DP
      • Free Parking
    • Burgess Hill Oakmeeds Community College Station Road Burgess Hill RH15 9EA
      • Free Parking
    • East Grinstead Jubilee Community Centre Charlwoods Road East Grinstead RH19 2HL
    • Crawley St Wilfrid's School Old Horsham Road Crawley RH11 8PG
    • Steyning Steyning Grammar School Shooting Field Steyning BN44 3RX


    Acting Classes, After School Club, Cheerleading training, Common Entrance tutors, Contemporary Dance, Creative Dance, Drama classes, Hip Hop Dancing classes, Holiday Clubs, Modern dancing classes, Musical Theatre, Pop Dancing classes, Scottish Dancing classes, Street Dance classes, Theatre and drama classes, Theatre dancing classes, Theatre Studies, Tutors agency/school

    Pricing & Other Information

    Ariel Company Theatre - Drama Academies

    £ 15.00 for the full morning and afternoon sessions

    £ 4.00 for 5 - 7 year olds at Burgess Hill.
    £ 5.00 for Special Needs lessons

  2. Ariel Company Theatre | Drama Academies has 21 reviews with an average of 4.9
    • Quality of Service 4.9
    • Value for Money 4.9
    • What the Kids Think 5.0
    • What the Adults Think 5.0


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    • Matt , Dad to Megan (age 17), Burgess Hill

      Megan has been attending Ariel Company Theatre since it started quite a few years ago. The whole ethos is great, very inclusive of all children as well as offering a very high standard of professional training in a warm and encouraging environment. My daughter really enjoys it and has had the opportunity to tutor the younger classes as well as perform in numerous productions. I would highly recommend Ariel Company Theatre.

      Matt 09 Dec 2013

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    • Jeanette, Mum to Thomas (14 years), Burgess Hill

      My son has been attending classes with Ariel Company Theatre for about 5 years now and I can't praise them highly enough. There is a fantastic atmosphere with enthusiastic and caring tutors. They work brilliantly with your children if they have any special needs, and have created a nurturing environment, where the older pupils support the younger ones. The shows they put on are amazing and very inclusive - we just saw Les Miserables which was wonderful, and often include children from the different areas, so the children get to work with a variety of different children. Being at Ariel definitely helps to improve their self confidence. The school is very welcoming to new pupils and has a buddy system to help you settle in.

      Jeanette 02 Dec 2013

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    • Coralie, Mum of Annabel (15), Amelia (13) and Edward (11), Sussex

      All my three children go to Ariel Company Theatre and my eldest has been going for 7-8 years. They all love going to the weekly classes, to the school holiday workshops but also to go and be part of the very professional stage shows that they do. Annabel goes because she loves singing and musical theatre. Amelia enjoys the musical theatre and dance and has grown in self-confidence, making many new friends outside of school since attending. Edward goes because he would love to be an actor and time spent dancing and acting is better to him than even playing football or rugby. The Ariel staff are very professional and know how to engage all the children no matter their experience or confidence, know how to make the classes fun and know how to keep discipline in the group. The work that Ariel does with special needs children is really fantastic. Annabel has become a Buddy to the special needs children on Saturday afternoons. This has inspired her future career choice and has taught her the pleasure of helping others. I have no hesitation in recommending Ariel Company Theatre to other families.

      Coralie 27 Nov 2013

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    • Chris, Dad of Katie 18 and Tom 15 Burgess Hill

      As a family we are delighted with Ariel, and we are very grateful that both our children have developed as performers and grown in confidence over the 6 years that they have been students of the Burgess Hill Academy.
      The standard of teaching is fantastic in all three disciplines of Drama, Dance and Singing.
      Both my children have been cast members in many of Ariel's shows and workshops, they have had wonderful and varied experiences and opportunities from being part of Ariel. They are both Buddies within Ariel's special needs group called Othellos and take great pride in being part of this very special group. They have both made long lasting great friendships at Ariel away from school/college, which has broadened their horizons considerably.
      I would highly recommend Ariel to anyone who is looking for a drama group for their children

      Christopher 10 Jan 2014

    • Sarah, Mum of Alicia (8) in North Chailey

      Alicia has been attending Ariel since she was 5 and she loves it! She has been in 3 showcases at the Hawth which she absolutely loves - a great experience of the 'real' thing. The staff at Ariel are all very friendly and welcoming and have been very supportive. What is so nice is the family feel and the range of ages that the children mix with. Alicia really loves the mornings when they have a theme for things like Children in Need as she loves to dress up! Sometimes she is shy about going in at first but the team are always on hand to encourage her and she is all smiles when we collect her and her confidence is back. A huge Thank you to all the staff at Ariel who make it such a great place.

      Sarah-Jane 09 Jan 2014


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    Ariel Company Theatre | Drama Academies has 21 reviews with an average of 4.9
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      19 December 2013

    • 2014 Workshops places now open. please see

      19 December 2013

    • NEW Academy opens in Worthing January 2014

      19 December 2013

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      19 December 2013

  4. Ariel Company Theatre | Drama Academies Timetable

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    Please note: Ariel Academy is Saturday based and our workshops are always in the school holidays.
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    • Burgess Hill Drama Academy
      5-7 yrs: 8:45 am -9:45 am
      7-19 yrs: 9:45 am-12:45pm
      Special Needs 13:30pm - 14:30pm

      East Grinstead Drama Academy
      7-16 yrs: 14.00-17.00pm

      Crawley Academy
      5-7yrs: 8.45am-9.45am
      7-19 yrs: 9.45am-12.45pm
      Othellos: 8.45am-9.45am

      Steyning Academy
      7-19 yrs: 9.45am-12.45pm

      Haywards Heath Academies (NEW)
      7 - 19 age 14:15 am 17:00
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    Neil Hopson - Academy & Artistic Director

    Nicci Hopson - Academy & Artistic Director

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  • 12-24 months
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  • What the Adults Think
  • Value for Money

Information for Parents

  • Gender: Mixed
  • Operates during: Weekly , Monthly , Weekends , After school ,
  • Grouping: With others (group, class or team)
  • Disabilities catered for: Physical disabilities Intellectual disabilities

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Contact Details

  • Name Nicci Hepson
  • Location Unit 20, Bolney Grange Business Park Stairtbridge Lane Bolney nr Haywards Heath West Sussex RH17 5PB
  • Telephone 01444 250407
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