I've signed up to be a member, now what?
We'll send you an email whenever a new Masterclass is announced - this will be with an actor, director, playwright or other theatre professional. All our masterclasses are free, so when we announce a session that you'd like to come along to, just book yourself a place!
Where are Masterclasses held?
We are based at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London. Most our Masterclasses are held here, but if for any reason a session will be held somewhere else, we will let you know. For directions to the Theatre, please see here.
I've booked a place on a Masterclass, what's next?
You will receive an email from us confirming your booking. This email is a generic confirmation and doesn’t provide details of the event, so make sure you pop the time & date in your diary! If you haven’t received an email from us then have a look in your junk folder, and double-check that you’ve booked by returning to the event page.
What if I’ve applied to take part?
If bookings are open online, everyone who books a place is welcome to attend, to sit and listen to the Masterclass and ask questions when suitable. For many of our Masterclasses, there is also the opportunity to take part in a practical element. It will always state on the event webpage how to apply to take part - often it is to just send us an email with your details.
Some of our Masterclasses are application only, as they are small practical workshops, held in spaces such as our Stalls Bar. If bookings are not open on our website, this means you can only apply to attend by emailing us - all the details of how to apply will be on the individual event page.
If you applied to take part and haven't heard back from us, this means unfortunately you haven't been selected as one of the participants for this session. We try and give as many people with a wide variety of backgrounds and at different stages of their career the opportunity to participate, so please do not be disheartened. You may be selected for future workshops so please do keep applying. Often even if you are not successful, you can still come along as an attendee to watch the masterclass - drop us an email if you're not sure.
What if my plans change?
We understand that sometimes things come up that mean you can’t attend the Masterclass that you’ve booked onto. That is absolutely fine, just please remember to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you won’t be coming. We are currently trialling a two strike system - if you do not attend (without cancelling) for two events, you will have to pay £10 for future masterclasses.
What do I do on the day?
On the morning of the event, we’ll send you a digital handout containing all of the details and anything else you’ll need to know about the event. Just come to the sign-in desk in the foyer of the Theatre Royal Haymarket (unless stated otherwise) around 15 minutes before the start time listed on the website. If you are running late, please let us know. Latecomers may not be admitted. We also sometimes host post-Masterclass networking drinks, so make sure to hang around for a bit afterwards and meet your fellow Masterclass Members!
How can I get in touch after the event?
We love hearing your thoughts and feedback on the session you’ve attended, so please tweet us, tag us on Instagram, check in on Facebook or drop us an email.
I’ve booked a £5 ticket through a Masterclass giveaway, where is my ticket?
Congratulations! Once you’ve paid the admin fee through PayPal, you will receive a PayPayl receipt to the email address registered to your PayPal account. Please note - this is not your theatre ticket, and you will not receive any other confirmation emails from us. You only need your Paypal receipt and your name to collect the tickets from the venue on the day of the show.
Also, please only book tickets for yourself and up to three friends - we want as many members to get the opportunity to see the shows as possible!
It's the day of the show, so where do I collect my ticket from?
At the venue, make your way to the Box Office (or area specified on the event page) to pick up your ticket(s). Be sure to arrive at the Box Office between the ticket collection times mentioned in the T&Cs on the Masterclass website and simply give your name and show the staff your PayPal receipt. Most venues operate a strict 'no late admittance' policy as lateness can be disruptive to the performers and other audience members
I've got my ticket, now what?
As you're lucky enough to be attending the event as a Masterclass Member, we ask that you politely accept the ticket that has been allocated to you. Unfortunately, the staff at the venue are not able to make any changes to your allocation. While you are at the event, please remember you have got your ticket for a nominal administrative fee as one of our members, but not all ticketholders get the same benefits, so please be considerate and discreet as the person next to you may have paid full price for their ticket.
Can I talk about the event?
Of course! If you enjoyed the production, please do tweet/share your opinion about the show! We encourage our members to give their positive feedback as supportive members of the industry. However, please do not mention you received your ticket free or via Masterclass directly. We often have specific agreements with producers and our seat filling is a discreet service.
Where else can I go for support in my theatre career?
We have a number of industry friends who can support you in your career. Please see the below websites for more information.
TheatreCraft - the UK’s largest free careers event for anyone aged 16-30 seeking offstage roles in theatre.
Get Into Theatre – leading theatre careers website for theatre jobs, information and advice.
Backstage with Official London Theatre –A look behind the scenes at some of London’s biggest West End shows
Creative and Cultural Skills – Careers advice from industry professionals and job profiles that explain what onstage and offstage roles are involved in Theatre.
Mousetrap – Offers a range of initiatives and discounted tickets for 15-29 year olds
Open Door - Offers support and funding to access Drama School auditions
Theatre Helpline - a free 24-hour phone and email service supporting theatre professionals with any issue affecting their health and wellbeing.
Young Vic Idemystify - A free programme of specialist events for theatre creators and makers
StageSight- A network of organsiations to promote an off stage workforce that is more reflective of our society, inclusive of ethnicity, class and disability.
ERIC - creative careers advice for young people.
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