Our history


Court Theatre Training Company grew from its parent company The Courtyard Theatre which was formed in 1980 and established a new London fringe theatre – The Finborough Arms, Earls Court, now an internationally renowned performance venue which celebrates new writing. This professional company held workshops for actors in training, which eventually led to the formation and policy of Court Theatre Training Company at the Courtyard Theatre, King’s Cross in 1989. Court left King’s Cross in 2006 and since 2007 it has been based at the the new Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton.

During 2005-2007 we also established The Courtyard at Covent Garden seasons at the now defunct Theatre Museum. We then renovated the Old Hoxton Library opening in October 2007 with 2 Theatres, rehearsal rooms and our newly established Iambic Bar. Past hires have included Endemol (BBC), Carnage of God (Ralph Fiennes) and Theatre Royal Bath apart from the many visiting professional companies for the 2 Theatres. Recent Productions that have made use of The Courtyard’s rehearsal space include No Man’s Land (featuring Sir Michael Gambon and David Walliams), A View from the Bridge (featuring Ken Stott) and Complicité’s production of Endgame (featuring Mark Rylance).


Court Theatre Training Company can boast a practical ‘hands on’ and truly vocational training. An apprenticeship staffed by working professionals provides a training and experience that will enable all graduates to make a positive contribution to the world of theatre. Court is completely focused on the future of the Arts and Entertainment industry and maintains a strong emphasis on the business side of employment.

Court Theatre Training Company maintains a fine reputation for the continuing quality of its work, which is a tribute to its training. The structure of an independent professional theatre and training company creates an opportunity for a unique learning cycle. The knowledge acquired throughout the course encourages a genuine responsive and professional approach to performance.


Court offers a unique 2 Year Accelerated BA (Hons) in Acting plus Directing and Stage Management courses. Future plans include an MA in Scriptwriting to link in with the Courtyard Award for New Writing and a Writer’s Laboratory. There will be opportunities for trainee actors to participate in these courses. Other future plans include a foundation course to help young actors looking to move into full-time training.