LAMDA- The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art- is the country’s oldest drama school, offering world-class training to students of exceptional talent, regardless of their financial background. We prepare actors, directors, designers, stage managers and technicians for sustainable careers in theatre, film, television and radio.
We play a vital role in fuelling the performing arts industry in the UK and beyond. Our graduates are second to none: 70% of professional acting students leave LAMDA with agent representation, while 98% of our stage management and technical students find relevant employment on graduation.
You can see the results of our training on stage at the RSC, on Broadway and in the West End, as well as on the BBC, HBO and in Hollywood. Recent graduates Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2) and Jeremy Irving (War Horse) are now taking the US by storm. While the incredible stage and screen work of many of our alumni – Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Wilson, Dominic Cooper – has won them increasing acclaim alongside more established award winners such as Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter and David Suchet.
Our faculty is made up of tutors with extensive industry experience, augmented by a range of visiting artists, organisations and guest lecturers. Final year students perform in over 20 public productions, both at LAMDA’s West London home and venues across the Capital through our LAMDA at Large initiative. Each year we commission professional writers – including Mark Ravenhill and Robin Soans – to collaborate with our students and create new work through research, rehearsal and performance. LAMDA’s new writing commissions have gone on to be produced at the National Theatre and on nationwide tours.
At the centre of LAMDA’s ethos is the belief that the arts should be accessible to all. Through our work we seek to engage with the largest number of people from the widest range of backgrounds. Each year LAMDA opens its doors to over 11,500 people – many of whom are local residents, school groups and young people – through free tickets for our shows, participatory workshops and events.