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Ariel Drama Academy - Drama Academies & Pre School Drama in nr Haywards Heath

Ariel Drama Academy - Drama Academies & Pre School Drama

  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. 

    Ariel Capulets (New)

    6Months  - 4 pre school Drama. Our aim is to encourage young children to develop, grow and explore through drama and performing arts. The 45 minute sessions are packed full of drama games and activities, music, movement and singing activities for your baby, and toddler. Throughout the session we encourage children to take an active role to create drama which allows children to lead the way by mixing improvisation with structured classes. 

    These sessions are fun, a great way for your child to socialise and develop in a creative and stimulating environment. Attending sessions on a regular basis will help your child’s confidence and encourage good co-ordination, communication, co-operation and creative thinking.

    Baby and Toddlers are encouraged to interact and move around during the class as we explore a wonderful range of tactile and exciting props, finger rhymes, action songs and sensory stories. These activities help babies to develop their cognitive, physical and emotional skills. These sessions will be themed anything from the circus to Frozen. Young children are given the opportunity to express themselves through drama activities, music and movement, role play, and storytelling. These activities will encourage and develop confidence and independence. 

    Located in Burgess Hill & Crawley

    • Nigel Harman, Ariel patron comes to their Burgess Hill Academy to tutor students in audition techniques!

      21 October 2015 - More announcements

    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
    • Crawley The art of sweat studioHut 6, Tilgate Park Nr K2 Leisure Centre Crawley RH10 5P0
    • Burgess Hill Fairfield Community Centre Western road Burgess Hill RH15 8QN
    • Burgess Hill Methodist Church Hall London road Burgess Hill RH15 8QD
    • Haywards Heath Warden Park School Broad Street Cuckfield Haywards Heath RH17 5DP
    • Burgess Hill Ariel Drama Academy - Burgess Hill Station Road Burgess Hill RH15 9EA
    • East Grinstead Jubilee Community Centre Charlwoods Road East Grinstead RH19 2HL
      • Free Parking
      • Buggy/Disabled Access
    • Crawley St Wilfrid's School Old Horsham Road Crawley RH11 8PG
      • Free Parking
      • Buggy/Disabled Access
    • Steyning Steyning Grammar School Shooting Field Steyning BN44 3RX


    Acting Classes, Activity classes for early years settings, Activity classes for early years settings, After School Club, Baby and Pre-school activities, Baby, toddler and pre-school classes, Baby, toddler and pre-school Communication, Baby, toddler and pre-school Dance, Baby, toddler and pre-school Movement, Baby, toddler and pre-school Music/singing, Baby, toddler and pre-school Speech, Baby, toddler and pre-school Theatre, Breakdance Classes, Cheerleading training, Common Entrance tutors, Contemporary Dance, Creative dance, Creative Dance, Drama classes, Hip Hop Dancing classes, Holiday Clubs, Modern dancing classes, Musical Theatre, Parent + Toddler Group, Pop Dancing classes, Pre-school, 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

    £6 per session

  2. Ariel Drama Academy - Drama Academies & Pre School Drama has 38 reviews with an average of 5.0
    • 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

      The kallikids reputation
    • 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

      The kallikids reputation
    • Louise, mum of Millie (8)

      Millie has been going to Ariel in Steyning for a year now and absolutely loves it. As far as she is concerned the 3 hour Saturday session is not long enough, wishing she could do it all day every day! The staff are all very dedicated and friendly, making sure they get to know each individual child. Children quite clearly grow in confidence through Ariel, an attribute which aids them in other areas of their lives. I would highly recommend Ariel.

      Louise 20 Aug 2015

    • Noreen, mum of Patrick (11) in Steyning

      Ariel Drama Academy is professional and the staff are very dedicated. It is obvious they enjoy what they are doing and care for all the children. I have seen my son's confidence grow from strength to strength along with his abilities. He has stretched himself in areas he would have normally avoided and thoroughly enjoyed himself along the way while also making some good friends.

      Noreen 17 Jul 2015


      Ariel Drama Academy - Drama Academies & Pre School Drama – Thank you so much for all these beautiful reviews, we are so proud of what we provide at Ariel and we are committed to continuing the high standard of Theatrical training, ensuring our students keep achieving their very best they can, with these life changing transferable skills.


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  3. Latest from Ariel Drama Academy - Drama Academies & Pre School Drama

    • Nigel Harman, Ariel patron comes to their Burgess Hill Academy to tutor students in audition techniques!

      21 October 2015

    • Ariels production of 'OLIVER' brings their academy students and adult actors together for captivating production.

      21 October 2015

    • We have been voted as a finalist in the KalliKids Best Theatre School award 2015!

      30 September 2015

    • Ariel are starting an "Ariel Capulets" section for Parents & babies and Toddlers. Our aim is to encourage young children to develop, grow and explore through drama and performing arts.

      04 December 2014

    • Ariel Drama Academies Worthing Flash Mob. For the Angus Rowland ForgetMeNot Fund Leukaemia & Lymphoma research. Video by Ariel Young Actor "Harry Nelder"

      07 February 2014

    • Ariel's friend and patron is one month away from playing Simon Cowell in "I Cant Sing the Musical".

      28 January 2014

    • Ariel's next play THE HiSTORY BOYS 21st -22nd March 2014 Ifeld Barn, Crawley Really strong cast, fab play, limited seats, book early to avoid disappointment

      28 January 2014

    • Ariel Academy Student Stars in GRANDPA In my pocket James Bolam, actors says "I think Harvey is brilliant as Josh

      28 January 2014

    • additional Adult and Junior Special needs classes opening in Crawley, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead please visit.

      19 December 2013

    • 2014 Workshops places now open. please see

      19 December 2013


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  4. Ariel Drama Academy - Drama Academies & Pre School Drama 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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    • Ariel Capulets - pre school Drama
      Burgess Hill Methodist Church Hall London Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 8QD
      Mondays -1.30am – 2.15pm Toddlers group 1 ½ yrs – 4yrs
      Cost - £6 per session
    • Ariel Capulets - pre school Drama
      The art of sweat studio, Hut 6, Tilgate Park, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 5P0
      Thursdays - 10.30am - 11.15am Parent and baby group 6months – 24months
      11.30am - 12.15pm Toddlers group 1 ½ yrs – 4yrs
      Cost - £6 per session
    • Ariel Capulets - Pre School Drama
      Fairfield Community Centre Western Road Burgess Hill West Sussex RH15 8QN.
      Fridays- 10.00am - 10.45am Parent and baby group 6months – 24months
      11.00am - 11.45 am Toddlers group 1 ½ yrs – 4yrs
      Cost - £6 per session.
    • 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

Suitable for ages

  • Pre-natal
  • 0-12 months
  • 12-24 months
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12+
  • 14+

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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

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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