LAMDA is the oldest drama school in the UK. Founded in 1861 as the London Academy of Music, the Academy was the first such institution to offer acting, defining LAMDA’s role as a pioneer and leader in its field. Today, combining its rich history of classical training with contemporary practice, LAMDA offers vocational training in the dramatic arts to actors, stage managers, technicians, directors, musical directors and designers.
LAMDA commissions, develops and produces new writing through initiatives such as the LAMDA Long Project, where students are involved in the creation of a play from concept to performance. Three of the new plays created through the LAMDA Long Project have since been produced by professional theatre companies – Di Trevis’s Remembrance of Things Past (National Theatre), Mark Ravenhill’s Mother Clap’s Molly House (National Theatre) and Robin Soans’s Mixed Up North (Out of Joint Theatre Company & Octagon Theatre Bolton).
LAMDA joined the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama in 2004.
LAMDA has an excellent record of graduate employment and its former students are regularly honoured at major theatre, television and film award ceremonies.
Award-winning alumni include: Luke Treadaway (2013 Laurence Olivier Award for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the National Theatre – Best Actor); Benedict Cumberbatch (2012 Laurence Olivier and Critics’ Circle Award for Frankenstein at the National Theatre – Best Actor); Ruth Wilson (2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse – Best Actress); Matthew Tennyson (2012 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Making Noise Quietly at the Donmar Warehouse – Outstanding Newcomer); Jim Broadbent (2011 Royal Television Society Award for Any Human Heart – Best Actor) and Nancy Carroll (2011 Laurence Olivier Award for After the Dance at the National Theatre – Best Actress).
Over 90% of our stage management and technical theatre students gain relevant employment within three months of graduation and stay in the industry. Alumni include: Howard Panter (Founder and Joint Chief Executive of the Ambassadors Theatre Group), Kevin Fitzmaurice (RSC producer and former Executive Director of the Young Vic), Natasha Chivers (Laurence Olivier Award-winning Lighting Designer) and David Grindrod (theatre and television casting director).
Access for disabled people
LAMDA operates an equality and diversity policy and welcomes applications from disabled students and does not discriminate on the grounds of disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion. LAMDA does, however, judge applicants critically on their suitability for a course according to their ability and potential to complete the training.
If you would like to visit the school to assess the current facilities available and discuss your access needs before applying, please contact the LAMDA Registrar, Amy Richardson on 020 8834 0505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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