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The Academy

About GAPA & How to Join?

Altrincham Garrick Playhouse is the beating heart of the community. A theatre, cinema, youth academy and community creative social place for all to enjoy.

Garrick Academy students in "Matilda" on the Altrincham Garrick main stage

The Garrick Academy of Performing Arts, or GAPA as it is now affectionately known, continues to go from strength-to-strength. Formed in 2003 by Peter Birch and Dean Sumner, it has developed from 60 students to more than twice that number today.


GAPA now has 3 teaching staff, 3 senior assistants – all of whom have been professionally trained in various disciplines within the performing arts. Additionally we have trainee junior assistants, who have been brought up through the GAPA ranks, all working with our students to develop their drama knowledge and gain experience.


GAPA currently runs:


Through all our courses and weekly classes we provide, train and develop the performance skills of our students and give them a theatre grounding; should they wish to just enjoy the fun of performing or should they eventually work professionally within the business. We focus on performance, inclusion and fun, and we ensure the students are constantly working towards the presentation of their work.


Our annual productions see students preparing for a full-length show which, depending upon the production chosen, may be performed on the Garrick main stage or the more intimate Lauriston Studio, if the show or play is more suited.


We look forward to seeing you at the next GAPA production, when you can watch our next generation of performing talent.

Joining GAPA

To join GAPA’s Saturday groups please contact our box office on 0161 928 1677 or email

Join our mailing list

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