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About RADA


The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) is a vocational training establishment which equips student actors, stage managers and technical craft specialists for careers at the highest level in theatre, television, film and radio.

A high student/staff ratio ensures that the best creative and technical skills can be taught at an intensive level. The teaching is enhanced by work with visiting alumni, professional guest directors, designers and skilled practitioners who also have active careers outside the Academy.

Founded in 1904 by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, RADA continues to strengthen its reputation as a foremost centre of excellence. Due to an ambitious estate strategy lasting five years, students now enjoy training in award winning, state-of-the-art buildings in the main Gower Street and adjacent Chenies Street premises.

The combined premises provide three, purpose built, in-house theatres, teaching studios, technical workshops, sound studio/control rooms, wardrobe and electrics teaching rooms, library, common rooms, catering facilities and Foyer Bar which is open to the general public. The Academy stages up to six student productions each term which are open to the general public.

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art was a founding affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama in 2001. Nicholas Barter, formerly the Academy’s Principal, was one of the founding Joint Principals of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. Edward Kemp, the Academy’s Director from 2008, took on the role of Joint Principal of the Conservatoire in 2009 and became Principal in 2014.

Access for disabled people

RADA welcomes applications from disabled people and offers places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for a career in any of the areas we teach. Applicants are encouraged to inform the School of any disability or condition as early as possible so that the School can make appropriate arrangements to meet their needs at audition and during the programme.

RADA’s premises at Gower Street and in Chenies street are fully accessible for wheelchair users.


My RADA training is the bedrock of my acting life. It allows me to change from one kind of person to another. There is not a job goes by when I do not rely on it.

Fiona Shaw, Acting Graduate 1982