School History

The school was founded in the 1920’s by Audrey Robinson, who‘s brother was the famous BBC News commentator Robert Robinson.  At this time Maghull was just a small village and the “The Maghull School of Dancing” as it was formerly known,  was the only one of its kind outside Liverpool City Centre.

Miss Mary Leonard became the second Principal in the late 1940’s after returning from a successful dance career in London where she was one of the famous “London Palladium Boys and Girls”.


The school grew under her direction, as did its reputation and standard of excellence. After over 40 years of dedicated teaching she retired in 1985 in the knowledge that the schools new Principal was one of her own students, Miss Loretta Legge.

It was at this point that the name was changed to “The Loretta Legge Theatre School” and so the next chapter began.

As a direct result of Miss Legge’s extensive experience as a Professional Dancer / Choreographer / Director, the pupils were given opportunities to appear at the Liverpool Empire, Manchester Opera House and Palace Theatre’s, working along-side some of the country’s best loved stars.

For many years our children have won the North West of England Scholarship and Championship Awards in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Classical Greek, through the Allied Dancing Association.

We are proud to have 100% Examination pass rate in all theatre dance and drama subjects, with pupils regularly being nominated through the I.D.T.A. Exam process for their Annual Awards Ceremony in Manchester.

In November 2014 we moved to our new purpose built studio’s on Sefton Lane, Maghull, offering excellent facilities and space for our children to perform.

In 1999 Drama, Singing and Musical Theatre were introduced into the curriculum; this enables us to offer a complete package of training all under one roof. The school has a reputation for producing outstanding shows with separate productions for dance and drama.
In 2009 Miss Legge was delighted to introduce her daughter, Rebecca Urszuly, as Co-Principal, her professional career as a dancer / singer / actress is a great asset to the school and its pupils. Together they will continue to teach the performing arts to children and young adults in a caring and fun environment.

Their combined knowledge of the professional theatre, coupled with over 40 years of teaching experience, makes the school unique in the training of pupils from 2 years to adult.

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