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RADA’s ‘Attenborough project’ redevelopment plans to transform RADA Studios on Chenies Street have been approved unanimously by Camden Council.
The project will transform the building into a vibrant, state-of-the-art performance space while retaining original features of the former Drill Hall, which was acquired by RADA in 2012.
The redevelopment will comprise a new 300-seat theatre, to be named the Richard Attenborough Theatre after RADA’s former President; a new ground floor refectory open to public access; enhanced learning resources including library and archives; and RADA’s first ever on-site accommodation for 60 students. The plans were drawn up by RADA with local architects Haines Phillips.
Edward Kemp, Director of RADA and Principal of the Conservatoire, said: “We are delighted that we are a step closer to realising our exciting plans for RADA Studios. The Attenborough Theatre will provide a state-of-the-art performance venue for audiences and events in Camden, and a space for the next generation of innovative theatre-makers to showcase their work. The student accommodation will help ensure that we can continue to offer places to the most talented students purely on the basis of that talent, irrespective of financial background. It will enable RADA to continue its long heritage as a world-leading centre of theatre education, and will act as a celebration and tribute to Lord Attenborough, who worked tirelessly on behalf of RADA throughout his life and career.”
RADA President Sir Kenneth Branagh said: “I am very pleased to hear that the plans for RADA have been approved today, and that the Academy can move forward with plans for a new professional theatre space and the much-needed student accommodation. I am delighted to see RADA continuing to nurture and support generations of acting and technical talent, with the help of these new, state-of-the-art resources.”