At PPA we believe that theatre training should be a challenging, inspiring, life affirming, and ultimately life changing experienced. We're committed to creating a nurturing and supportive environment in which every single student is valued as an individual.



At PPA we believe that theatre training should be a challenging, inspiring, life affirming and ultimately life changing experience.

We will:

  • Develop a nurturing and supportive environment in which every single student is valued as an individual.
  • Focus on employability and the needs of the profession, so that PPA are able to offer relevant courses driven by the changing industry.
  • Be a recognised contender amongst its competitors, offering the very best teaching across all disciplines.
  • Offer a fully-rounded training to allow Graduates to be the best that they can be.
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PPA Graduate

Luke Street

When auditioning for PPA I knew this was the place where I wanted to train. I believe the singing training you get at PPA is second to none. The head Nick Charters created a structured course which included: private tutorials, ensemble singing, repertoire building, acting through song and much more. He helped teach us technique to keep our voices healthy and to reach notes you never dreamed of hitting. What helped me the most to develop as a performer was the relationship with my teachers. They became my friends, and even now in my first West-End job they are still very supportive!

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PPA Graduate

Kerry Loosemoore

My time at PPA was a fantastic experience. Being taught by professionals sets you up with the right tools and skills for the industry. Having audition workshops and variety of different classes to help you build the right skills. I have grown much as person and a performer. This has helped me gain the skill set for my professional career in musical theatre. Throughout my time at PPA, I was supported all the way by school and faculty. Having a great working relationship with Russell who runs the PPA agency, I have managed to get professional work before I graduated. Above all my experience at PPA was like being in a close family with all the support that goes with it. A big thank you to all who have helped me.

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PPA Graduate

Emily McAvoy

The singing and voice department is brilliant- I learned so much about my voice and was always encouraged to take risks, especially in acting through song. We were well prepared for the industry- being made fully aware of the perseverance and hard work needed to succeed, which I think is almost as important as the training!

I moved back to the PPA Agency recently and I love working with Russell, he is very approachable and trustworthy, which is important to me. He always listens to my opinions and knows my casting almost better than I do. A family-feel college and a dedicated agency!

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PPA Graduate

Alice Baker

PPA is definitely a drama school with a difference! The high calibre musical theatre training mixed with the understanding that participation in professional work is vital to a performer’s development; has not only prepared me for a career in the arts, but more importantly given me a head start in such a competitive industry. Whilst training at PPA I was given wonderful opportunities to audition for professional work and as a result I performed as Cinderella in the Christmas pantomime at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford followed by playing Cinderella again the following Christmas for Qdos Entertainment at the Wolverhampton Grand theatre.

Having recently graduated from PPA, I am now thrilled to be represented by Kerry Foley Management and I am currently appearing in 'Our House' at the Union Theatre, Southwark. PPA’s fantastic agency, together with its industry contacts, regular master classes with West End artistes, exceptional training and a faculty that is right up to the minute makes PPA the place to be!



PPA offers several different courses. Click on the links to find out more about what each course involves.


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PPA have four excellent patrons in Bonnie Langford, Kerry Ellis, Hadley Fraser and Stephen Hartley. All have an active involvement within the college, alongside our mentoring programme with leading industry professionals.

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Don't miss out on our upcoming show Sweet Charity

Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly, that she tried too hard to get it?

Performance Preparation Academy present Sweet Charity which follows the misadventures of love encountered by the gullible and guileless Charity Hope Valentine; a woman who always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man! Though she dreams of meeting the right man and settling down, she keeps lavishing her affections on losers.

Her luck starts to change when she meets a suave Italian movie star, but things really start to look rosy when she runs into a nerdy but sweet guy in a night-school elevator. Could this finally be her Prince (more or less) Charming?

Sweet Charity features many musical hits including Hey, Big SpenderIf My Friends Could See Me Now and The Rhythm of Life.

Hey, Big Spender… Spend a little time with me!


Directed and staged by Lewis Butler and Lucy Stewart

Musical Direction by Mary McAdam

Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano
Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris
Conceived, Stage and Choreographed by Bob Fosse

This amateur production is by arrangement with MusicScope & Stage Musicals Limited of New York