The theatrical world is diverse and exciting, from West End shows through to Opera and we have a very strong theatre industry in the UK with many world renowned stages including The Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne. It is a very creative industry with many productions involving period hair and make-up or more advante-garde styling and many shows go on tour throughout the UK and abroad so there’s opportunity to travel.

wig fitting
catwalk makeup
St Michael’s Hospice


Week 1 – Theatre Make-up

  • stage make-up techniques
  • effects of theatre make-up
  • natural make-up
  • glamorous make-up
  • character make-up

Week 2 – Theatre Make-up

  • casualty effects
  • ageing effects
  • body paint
  • character effects

Week 3 – Wigs & Hairstyling

  • hair preparation
  • wig application
  • facial hair/postiche application
  • wig care / using glue
  • buns/pleats
  • hair pieces / wefts

Week 4 – Basic Wig Dressing

  • how to block a wig
  • using blocks
  • which tools to use
  • basic wet set
  • basic dress out
  • basic wig dressing
  • basic facial knotting
  • completed wig and make-up look

Experienced Tutors

Our tutors have worked on incredible shows including Phantom of the Opera, War Horse, From Here to Eternity and are regulars at Glyndebourne Opera and Royal Opera House, working with world-class opera singers and ballet dancers, on truly stunning productions. Meet Our Team.

Work Opportunities

Sussex Make-up Academy is proud to be able to give our students some great work experience in this field. See Aftercare & Agency for more details.