Sharpe Academy opened in September 2008 with 6 students on register. Classes were originally part-time for ages 6-12 and based in Harrow-on-the-Hill, North West London. In 2010 Sharpe started to produce large scale musicals for young performers and the company had over 200 students participating in a range of weekly classes all based around singing, dance and acting. In 2011 Sharpe opened a theatrical agency to represent young performers professionally and over the years many have performed in the West End, International Tours, TV series, commercials and films.
In August 2016 Sharpe Academy broke the official Guinness World Record for the Fastest Theatrical Production ever staged when they produced Annie the Musical from start to finish in just 15 hours. Sharpe retained the world title for three years. In July 2018 Sharpe celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a large Musical Theatre Gala performance at The Watford Coloseeum with 600 students on register.
In September 2019 Sharpe became a college with 12 full-time students offering a specialist 3 Year Diploma and in Professional Musical Theatre and Acting. Just 7 months later COVID-19 forced the United Kingdon into lockdown and within 24 hours Sharpe had rebranded as Sharpe Online. Sharpe transfered the entire college and part-time timetable onto Zoom or Instagram LIVE and for the next 4 months ran over 800 classes not only for Sharpe students, but for thousands of students who joined them from around the world.Sharpe moved into new college premises based in Harrow Arts Centre in October 2020 and the college looks forward to welcoming 20 new students taking the full-time register to 36 in September 2021. New courses are also now in development and exciting announcements are expected soon.