United Kingdom, England

Founded by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree in 1904, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) is one of the oldest drama schools in the country that offers vocational conservatoire training for television, film, theatre and radio and is based in Bloomsbury, near the University of London’s Senate House complex. It is one of the founding members of the Federation of Drama Schools and provides several foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses with its higher education awards accredited by King’s College London. The RADA Business offers coaching for people and organizations and high-quality training programmes in order to mold its students into brilliant communicators. It has worked with famous employers from over 30 countries including retailers, law firms, universities, media companies and governments. The profits from the RADA Business are given to the institution to provide world-class training, source of income and to widen participation programmes and hence stands as the commercial subsidiary of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Campus Life

The rehearsals and classes are held in the main RADA building at Gower Street with another building at Chenies Street with the underground stations at Euston Square and Goodge Street close by. It has a cinema and five theatres including the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre at the Malet Street Building, the George Bernard Shaw Theatre and the Gielgud Theatre. The library of RADA consists of 30,000 items including 10,000 plays, theatre periodicals, screenplays and works based on criticism, fine art, biography, film, costume, poetry, stage design, social history, technical theatre and theatre history. It also has acting studios, costume workrooms and costume stores, sound studios, design studios, dance and fight studios and the RADA Foyer Bar along with a café and a box office. The academy also provides specialist support to students dealing with drugs and alcohol problems, body image and eating difficulties and the ones who were the victims of sexual violence during their childhood or adulthood, regardless of gender.

Noted Alumni

The most notable alumni of RADA include Mark Addy, Gemma Arterton, Jonas Armstrong and David Bamber along with Richard Attenborough.