BrightLights Theatre School – Loughborough


Welcome to BrightLights Theatre School, the East Midlands most exciting Performing Arts School for 4-18 year olds.

BrightLights is run by a professional actor, with regular guest teachers from London’s West End, TV and Film.

Here you can find out all about us, our students, our performances and the latest news on our future Guest Teachers and events!

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Final dates for new students to join BrightLights this year!

As we head towards the start of rehearsals for our massive summer production of Disneys Beauty and the Beast at Loughborough Town Hall at the end of June, we are able to announce that the last date for new students to join us and to be in this production will be 25/26 February.

After that weekend our next intake of new students will be at the start of our new school year in September.  For further information and details of place availability or to book tickets to see Disneys Beauty and the Beast, please call us on 01509 646647, Tuesday to Sunday 10-5 Our office is closed on Mondays.

Beauty and the Beast tickets now on sale!

Tickets for BrightLights 6th annual show at Loughborough Town Hall, Disneys timeless classic Beauty and the Beast are now on sale.

For the first time, this year we will have 6 performances with 3 seperate casts each performing twice.

Tickets are priced at £12.50, and are available through all our students or by mail order from the BrightLights office.

To purchase your tickets please call BrightLights on 01509 646647 Our office is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 -5 We are closed Mondays.

BrightLights Summer Production 2017 revealed!

We are so incredibly excited to be able to announce that we have been given special permission by Disney to perform DISNEYS BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as our summer production in 2017

This show has not been available to perform in the UK for over 3 years due to the new Disney film that is being released in March 2017

This year we will have 6 performances, each school will perform twice, from June 29 to July 2.

Tickets are available from now, priced at £12.50 direct from us at BrightLights only, by calling 01509 646647 or emailing


Hollywood casting Director visits BTS Performing Arts!

Students at our BTS Performing Arts session were lucky enough to have a 3 hour screen acting/audition technique masterclass with Kate Bone from three time Emmy Award winning Nina Gold Casting recently. Kate is part of the team at Nina Gold who has been responsible for casting actors in films such as “Bridget Jones Baby”, “Paddington”, “Star Wars – The Force Awakens”, “The Danish Girl”, “Les Miserables” as well as huge Netflix hit “The Crown” (the most expensive TV series ever made in the UK!!) and HBO’s worldwide smash “Game of Thrones”.

Kate talked at length about the different approach and techniques used for screen acting compared to theatre performances. Each student made their own “ident” i.e. personal introduction at the start of any screen audition. They had also learnt a piece of script from various projects that Kate has cast, and were subsequently screen tested with Kate reading the other parts in. After each student had read we then got to watch the clips back on screen, when Kate gave individual feedback and advice. She was VERY impressed at the amount of talent in the room and looks forward to meeting our students again!! This was a BRILLIANT opportunity for our older students – as far as we are aware BTS Performing Arts is the only school for miles who offer this kind of training, aimed specifically at older students who are looking towards a career in the Performing Arts Industry.         img_1015a

For more information on Nina Gold’s projects please see the link here –


Christmas Show rehearsals starting soon and availability of places.

As we head towards half term (remember BrightLights doesn’t close for half term), we will shortly be starting rehearsals for our Christmas Shows. We currently have very limited places available in our Saturday sessions, with better availability on Sunday mornings. Please call or email us for up to date information and details of how to book your taster sessions. After half term we will not be taking new starters till January!

This year we will be performing our Christmas Shows at newly opened Arts Hub at Loughbough College, over the weekend of 17/18 December. Full details to be announced shortly.

West End Star to visit BTS Performing Arts this week!

REALLY excited to welcome the fabulous Olivia Fines to our BTS Performing Arts session this week!

Olivia trained at Laine Theatre Arts and on graduating went on to play the role of Iris in the European Tour of “Fame”, after which she travelled the world performing aboard the 6 Star Luxury Crystal Cruise Lines. On returning to the UK Olivia joined the National Tour of “Grease” understudying and playing the roles of Marty and Rizzo, then taking over the role of Patty Simcox. Olivia joined the West End cast of “Singin’ In The Rain” at The Palace Theatre, London, then understudied and played the leading role of Lina Lamont on the subsequent UK Tour, also playing Lina in a production in Tokyo. 2015 saw Olivia join Jason Manford in the UK Tour of “The Producers” understudying and playing the lead role of Ulla, followed by a stint back in London joining Catherine Tate in new musical “Miss Atomic Bomb” playing the role of Sharon.

We are THRILLED to welcome Olivia to BTS Performing Arts – her “Singin’ In The Rain” workshop with our Main School last year was BRILLIANT!! Can’t wait!!

Final new students for this year have started.


As we begin rehearsals for our summer production, The Wizard of Oz at Loughborough Town Hall on 18/19 June, we have now stopped taking any new starters for this year.

The next opportunity to join the East Midlands most exciting theatre school will now be at the start of the autumn term in September. To do so you will need to join our waiting list for places. Please contact us for details on how to secure your place on the waiting list.


BTS Performing Arts presents ’13’ an incredibly funny moving musical!

BrightLights Theatre School, which has been open in Loughborough since 2011, has branched out to offer tuition in the Performing Arts aimed at older students who might be interested in entering the profession.

BTS Performing Arts first public performance will be the hilarious coming of age musical comedy “13”, which is all about discovering that “cool” is sometimes where we least expect it. With an unforgettable rock score from TONY Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges Of Madison County) “13” is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!

“Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents divorce,” Nick continues. “Young Evan grapples with his parents’ separation, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school. Surrounded by an array of simpleminded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?! Why not come and find out?”

No character in “13” is older than the show’s title. The cast is comprised entirely of teenagers, but the stories that come to life here are ageless, the emotions they explore timeless, the laughter and the memories they provide priceless.

“13” is at The Robert Martin Theatre at Loughborough University on March 22nd and 23rd, tickets are available by emailing or by phone on 01509 646 647.