Sharpe Academy opened its doors on Sunday 7th September 2008 in a small church room in Harrow on the Hill. 6 students, aged between 6 and 11, signed up on that first day. Over the next 12 months the class grew to 19 and classes transferred to the larger Drama Workshop space at Harrow High School. The first Sharpe Gala performance was presented in July 2009 in the 120-seat Travellers Studio Theatre at Harrow Arts Centre.
In January 2010 Sharpe Academy took over the running of another theatre school – Footlights – and gained a second centre in Stanmore. Full-scale musicals became annual events being produced at the 500-seat Watersmeet Theatre in Rickmansworth where in 2012, following a successful Summer School, a third school was opened. September 2014 saw the opening of Sharpe Academy Ruislip at Bishop Ramsey School and in 2015 Sharpe moved into newly renovated offices underneath the auditorium at Watersmeet.
In August 2016 Sharpe Academy broke the official Guinness World Record for the Fastest Theatrical Production when they staged Annie the Musical from start to finish in just 15 hours. The same year the Harrow classes also moved to the larger facilities at St Helen's School in Northwood and a new Ballet school was opened at Watersmeet on Monday evenings.
In 2017 Sharpe Academy renamed its Stanmore centre which become their flagship performance Company, Sharpe Academy London, and also opened a second performance Company in Northwood.
September 2017 saw Sharpe Academy expanding into Buckinghamshire and opening two new centres in Amersham and Beaconsfield. Over the years Sharpe has also run classes at other venues in Aldenham, Bushey, Radlett and Pinner. Sharpe has over 500 students currently on register. Alumni of Sharpe are working both as professional performers, teachers and in the academic sector across the UK.
Now in its 10th Anniversary Year, the Sharpe story continues…