Theatre School in Saffron Walden2021-10-13T08:52:34+00:00

Welcome to Our Theatre School in Saffron Walden

Our theatre school in Saffron Walden currently operates classes for children aged 3 to 11. 

Book a free trial session today and start your journey with the most exciting and innovative performing arts organisation in the UK.

For more information about term dates, fees and membership terms click here.

CHICKS (Age 3 – 6)

Monday afternoons from 4.30pm to 5.30pm 
£32 per month

PRIMARY (Age 6 – 11)

Monday afternoons from 5.30pm to 7.30pm 
£56 per month

How to find us

Our theatre school in Saffron Walden is based at R A Butler Infant & Junior School. The address is South Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3DG.

All classes are held in the Junior Hall, entrance to classes is through the main entrance of the Junior Hall. Free parking is available on site.

What to bring to class?

Due to current COVID-19 precautions please arrive no earlier that 5 minutes before the start of your class.

When attending class please wear dark trousers (either tracksuit bottoms or leggings) and your Phoenix Theatre School t-shirt. A bottle of water should also be brought to class.

Meet the Team

Phil established his first theatre school in 2001 and created Phoenix Theatre School in 2008. He has worked professionally in theatre for 25 years and in that time has been Artistic Director of both Harlow Playhouse & Rhodes Arts Complex. He has produced large scale theatre projects and produced and directed numerous shows nationally including Shakespeare, Comedy and Musicals. He has produced over 20 pantomimes.
Alice has trained with Phoenix since she was cast in the title role of Annie at South Mill Arts in 2013. She has appeared in the chorus of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Beauty and the Beast at South Mill Arts and is currently a regular member of our Senior drama class. Alice is currently studying A level Drama, Media and Sociology at Saffron Walden County High School.

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“Phoenix provided me with all the opportunities I needed. I wouldn’t have my career today without the highly professional standard of the classes.”

Former Phoenix student Theo went on to gain a place at the world-renowned RADA. He recently starred as Callum in the UK Tour of The Shy Manifesto by Michael Ross. Other credits include Kay Harker in Box Of Delights at Wilton’s Music Hall & Albus Potter in the smash hit West End show Harry Potter & the Cursed Child.


“Without Phoenix there is no way I would have gone on to have a professional career in theatre. I still feel the lessons I learnt at Phoenix with me every day.”

Former Phoenix student Paul trained as a director at both LAMDA and the National Theatre. He is currently the Artistic Director and CEO of the multi-award-winning Middle Child, whose work has appeared at Hull Truck, the Bush Theatre, the Birmingham Rep, Paines Plough’s Roundabout and many others.


“Phoenix acted as a family for me growing up. The friends and creatives I met there have no doubt shaped my career for the better.”

Former Phoenix student Jack went on to train at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. His West End theatre credits include, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (World Premier) and he is currently appearing as Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins.


“Phoenix has been extremely helpful in building my confidence and my technique. Having fun whilst you learn is what Phoenix is all about!”

Active student Delilah Bennet-Cardy is currently playing Summer in School of Rock in London’s West End. She has appeared in Macbeth for the RSC, A Little Princess at the Royal Festival Hall and The Nutcracker for Birmingham Royal Ballet. She has also appeared in both Snow White and Cinderella for Phoenix.


“Working with Phoenix was a great grounding for my future career and I’m indebted to the organisation for giving me my first professional directing job.”

Michael first worked with Phoenix founder Phil Dale when a student at Harlow College. After training professionally, he has directed work for the RSC (Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus), was associate director on the west end production of Made in Dagenham and most recently directed the national tour of Amelie.


“Phoenix gave me the experience and confidence to pursue my dream of working professionally within the theatre world.”

Former Phoenix student Dave went on to train in drama at both LAMDA and the Rose Buford College. He is a founder member of Mischief Theatre Company, creators of the Olivier Award Winning The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Comedy about a Bank Robbery and Groan Ups.


“Phoenix has helped my confidence and taught me so much that I’m now in an agency and have appeared in tv shows, adverts and now a London show!”

Current Phoenix student Harrison has just finished playing Peter in the critically acclaimed play The Hunt at the Almeida Theatre in London. He has also appeared in the TV show Someone You Thought You Knew as well as well as Bugsy Malone, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast for Phoenix.


“I realise now how much I owe to Phoenix and all the tutors – it was the happy place where I realised my love for theatre.”

Former Phoenix student Grace appeared in our productions of West Side Story and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Whilst still a student she gained a place at the prestigious National Youth Theatre before going on to study drama at the University of Manchester where she is currently President of the Drama Society.


“Phoenix continues to give me opportunities to work professionally, teach at the school and be creative in the work I do!”

Georgia was in primary school when she started at Phoenix and appeared in numerous pantos, going on to take leading roles, including playing Cinderella in 2016. She is currently touring the UK as one of the lead performers in the phoenix production of Pop Divas Live! as well as working as a tutor.



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