As an actor leaving LAMDA, you feel a certain confidence not only in the quality of the training and the strength the name carries in the industry, but in your ability to handle whatever is thrown at you in the ‘real world’ with confidence and commitment.
The institutions that combined to form the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) date from 1861, making the Academy the oldest drama school in Great Britain, with an international reputation for excellence. LAMDA’s continuing success derives from its ability to adapt its traditional teaching to match modern advances in the industry and to create an atmosphere that nurtures each student’s individual skills and talents.
The Academy has a growing reputation as a centre for new writing through its innovative training component the ‘Long Project’. This initiative offers students the exciting opportunity to work with professional writers and directors to create new plays. Previous ‘Long Projects’ include Di Trevis’ Remembrance of Things Past and Mark Ravenhill’s Mother Clap’s Molly House, which both transferred to the National Theatre and beyond.
A leading provider of technical theatre training, LAMDA offers its Stage Management and Technical Theatre students at least one work placement with a professional theatre, production company or equivalent – enabling them to establish valuable industry contacts whilst putting their skills into practice.
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. Alumni include: Samuel Barnett; Jim Broadbent; Brian Cox; Benedict Cumberbatch (Best Actor Olivier winner 2012); Chiwetel Ejiofor; the late Richard Harris; Clare Higgins; Maureen Lipman; John Lithgow; Anna Maxwell Martin (Television BAFTA winner for Bleak House); David Oyelowo; Toby Stephens; David Suchet; Janet Suzman, Ruth Wilson (Best Actress Olivier winner 2012) and Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia! The Movie, The Duchess) to name just a few.
In the last three years over 98% of LAMDA’s Stage Management & Technical Theatre graduates, have found work in their chosen field within three months of graduation. Recent Academy alumni have gone on to work at the BBC, the National Theatre, the RSC, the Royal Court and with Theatre de Complicit, as well in numerous theatres in the West End and on Broadway.
Access for disabled people
LAMDA owns two sites in West London: 155 Talgarth Road is the base for the Academy and the MacOwan Theatre in Earl’s Court is its main performance space. LAMDA welcomes applications from all sections of the community, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality or disability and offers places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for a career in the areas taught.
Redevelopment plans are underway to build a new teaching block and a state-of-the-art theatre on the Talgarth Road campus, which will aim to be fully accessible to individuals with physical and sensory impairments. 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, Jo Butterworth on 020 8834 0500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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