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The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
(RADA) is a drama school in London, England that provides training for film, television and theatre. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious drama schools in the United Kingdom, founded in 1904 by Herbert Beerbohm Tree. RADA is an affiliate school of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. Its higher education awards are validated by King's College London (King's)[1] and its students graduate alongside members of the departments which form the King's Faculty of Arts & Humanities.[2] It is based in the Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
area of Central London, close to the Senate House complex of the University of London.[3] Undergraduate students are eligible for government student loan through the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. RADA also has a significant scholarships and bursaries scheme, offering financial assistance to many students at the Academy.[4] The current director of the academy is Edward Kemp.[5] The president is Sir Kenneth Branagh, the chairman is Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen
Stephen Waley-Cohen
and its vice-chairman was Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
until his death in 2016.[6][7]

Contents

1 History

1.1 RADA in Business

2 Campus

2.1 Theatres 2.2 Library 2.3 Other facilities

3 Admissions 4 Associate members 5 Notable alumni 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] RADA was founded in 1904 by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, an actor manager, at His Majesty's Theatre
Theatre
in the Haymarket. In 1905, RADA moved to 52 Gower Street, and a managing council was set up to oversee the school. Its members included George Bernard Shaw, who later donated his royalties from his play Pygmalion to RADA, and gave lectures to students at the school.[8] In 1920, RADA was granted a Royal Charter, and in 1921, a new theatre was built on Malet Street, behind the Gower Street buildings. The Prince of Wales
Prince of Wales
opened the theatre. The Gower Street buildings were torn down in 1927, and replaced with a new building, financed by George Bernard Shaw, who also left one third of his royalties to the academy on his death in 1950. In 1923, John Gielgud
John Gielgud
studied at RADA for a year. He later became President of the academy, and its first honorary fellow. A number of famous actors took on leading roles at RADA, such as Richard Attenborough, Oliver Neville, Nicholas Barter, and Alan Rickman. Other 1924 saw RADA's first government subsidy, a grant of £500. The academy received other government funding over the years, including a £22.7m grant from the Arts Council National Lottery Board, which was used to renovate its premises, and rebuild the Varnbrugh Theatre. In 2001, RADA joined forces with the London Contemporary dance School to create the UK's first Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance joined this Conservatoire in 2005. RADA expanded its course offering over the years, adding Short Courses for actors and courses for American and Japanese students in London in 1995-98; a one-year drama Foundation Course in 2007; an MA in Text & Performance, affiliated with Birkbeck College
Birkbeck College
in 2010; and an MA Theatre
Theatre
Lab course and a Sound Design in Theatre
Theatre
course in 2011. RADA in Business[edit] In 2000 the Academy founded RADA Enterprises Ltd, which includes RADA in Business, providing training in communications and teambuilding that uses drama training techniques in a business context. The profits are fed back into the Academy to fund students' training.[9] Campus[edit]

The RADA building at 18 Chenies Street

RADA is based in the Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury
area of Central London. The main RADA building is on Gower Street (with a second entrance on Malet Street), with a second premises nearby in Chenies Street. The Goodge Street and Euston Square underground stations are both within walking distance.[10] The Gower and Malet Street
Malet Street
building was re-devoloped in the late 1990s to designs by Bryan Avery,[11] and incorporated the new theatres and linking the entrances on both streets. Theatres[edit] RADA has five theatres and a cinema. In the Malet Street
Malet Street
building, the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre
Theatre
is the largest performance space with a capacity of 183; the George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw
Theatre
Theatre
is a black box theatre with a capacity of 100; and the John Gielgud
John Gielgud
Theatre
Theatre
is a black box theatre with a capacity of 70. There is also a 150-seat cinema.[12] In January 2012, RADA acquired the lease to the adjacent Drill Hall venue in Chenies Street and renamed it RADA Studios. The Drill Hall is a Grade II listed building with a long performing arts history, and was where Nijinsky rehearsed with Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in 1911.[13] This venue has a 200-seat space, the Studio Theatre, and a 50-seat space, the Club Theatre.[14] In April 2016, planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of the Chenies Street premises, to comprise the new Richard Attenborough Theatre
Theatre
(named after former President, Lord Attenborough), new library, archive and office spaces, a refectory with public access and the Academy’s first ever on-site student accommodation.[15] Library[edit] The RADA library contains around 30,000 items. Works include around 10,000 plays; works of or about biography, costume, criticism, film, fine art, poetry, social history, stage design, technical theatre and theatre history; screenplays; and theatre periodicals.[16] The collection was started in 1904 with donations from actors and writers of the time such as Sir Squire Bancroft, William Archer, Arthur Wing Pinero and George Bernard Shaw. Other facilities[edit] Other facilities at RADA include acting studios, a scenic art workshop with paint frame, costume workrooms and extensive costume store, dance and fight studios, design studios, wood and metal workshops, sound studios, rehearsal studios, and the RADA Foyer Bar, which includes a fully licensed bar, a café and a box office.[17] Admissions[edit]

The RADA Theatre
Theatre
on Malet Street.

RADA accepts up to 28 new students each year into its three-year BA in Acting course, with a 50-50 split of male and female students.[18] Admission is based on suitability and successful audition, via the four-stage audition process. Auditions are held in London as well as in New York, Dublin, Manchester and Leicester. RADA also teaches Technical Theatre
Theatre
& Stage Management (TTSM) - a two-year Foundation Degree and with a further 'completion' year to BA level which has to be separately applied for and which allows for specialisation in all theatre craft areas. The TTSM course admits up to 36 students a year. There is also specialist technical training in Theatre
Theatre
Costume Making at Post Graduate level.[19] RADA’s postgraduate training currently comprises a MA Theatre
Theatre
Lab programme and a Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre
Theatre
Costume (both validated by King's College London). RADA also jointly teaches an MA in Text and Performance with Birkbeck College, University of London, where students on this course are registered at Birkbeck and receive University of London
University of London
degrees.[20] In addition, RADA offers a series of short courses, masterclasses and summer courses for a range of standards and ages. The Academy’s education and outreach work includes an Elders Company, Youth Company, schools’ workshops and the RADA Shakespeare Awards.[20] Associate members[edit] RADA has a number of notable associate members[clarification needed] including Jane Asher, Sir Michael Gambon, Robert Bourne, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jon Cryer, Richard Digby Day, Trevor Eve, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Fox, Iain Glen, Gerald Harper, Sir Ian Holm, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Derek Jacobi, Patricia Kneale, Paul McGann, Dame Helen Mirren, Alex Kingston, Sir Trevor Nunn, Dame Diana Rigg, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Lord Snowdon, Shelley Thompson, Alan Rickman, Timothy Dalton, Sir Roger Moore, Steve McFadden
Steve McFadden
and Dame Joan Collins
Joan Collins
who serves as the Honorary President of the RADA Associates. Notable alumni[edit] Main article: List of RADA alumni

John Gielgud, who studied at RADA in 1923 and would later become President and first Honorary Fellow.

Mark Addy
Mark Addy
– (Game of Thrones, The Full Monty) Jonas Armstrong – (Robin Hood, Edge of Tomorrow) Gemma Arterton
Gemma Arterton
– (Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
– (The Great Escape, Miracle on 34th Street, Jurassic Park) David Bamber – (Pride and Prejudice, Valkyrie) Sean Bean
Sean Bean
– (The Lord of the Rings, GoldenEye, Game of Thrones) Stephen Beresford – (The Last of the Haussmans, Pride) Eve Best
Eve Best
– (The Honourable Woman, The King's Speech) Michael Blakemore – (Privates on Parade) Peter Bowles – (To The Manor Born, I, Claudius) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
– (Henry V, My Week with Marilyn, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) Jessie Buckley – (War and Peace) Bertie Carvel – (Matilda the Musical, Doctor Foster) Lolita Chakrabarti – (Red Velvet, Jekyll & Hyde) Joan Collins
Joan Collins
– (Dynasty, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing) Jon Cryer
Jon Cryer
– (Two and a Half Men, Pretty in Pink) Arthur Darvill
Arthur Darvill
– (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) Frank Dillane
Frank Dillane
– (Fear The Walking Dead, Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince) Taron Egerton
Taron Egerton
– (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Sing, Eddie the Eagle) Cynthia Erivo – (I Can’t Sing, The Color Purple) Trevor Eve
Trevor Eve
– (Shoestring, Waking the Dead) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
– (Schindler's List, Skyfall, Harry Potter) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
– (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Erin Brockovich) Edward Fox – (The Day of the Jackal, Edward & Mrs. Simpson) Laurence Fox
Laurence Fox
– (Lewis, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
– (Arthur, Gandhi) Iain Glen
Iain Glen
– (Game of Thrones, Resident Evil) Eva Gray
Eva Gray
– (Marilyn Monroe, Sooty, The Trudy Lite Show) Ioan Gruffudd
Ioan Gruffudd
– (Titanic, Fantastic Four) Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal
– (The Dark Knight, Crazy Heart) Sheila Hancock
Sheila Hancock
(Cabaret, Sweeney Todd) Terry Hands – (founder of Liverpool Everyman Theatre, artistic director of Royal Shakespeare Company) David Harewood
David Harewood
– (Homeland, The Night Manager) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
– (Tom & Viv, Holocaust) Nyasha Hatendi – (Casual) Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
– (Blue Jasmine, Godzilla) Linda Hemming (costume designer, Topsy-Turvy) Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
– (Thor, The Avengers, War Horse, The Night Manager) Ciarán Hinds
Ciarán Hinds
– (Munich, Frozen) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
– (Alien, The Lord of the Rings) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
– (The Silence of the Lambs, The Lion in Winter, Westworld) Jane Horrocks (Little Voice, Absolutely Fabulous) Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
– (Brief Encounter, The Third Man) John Hurt
John Hurt
– (Alien, The Elephant Man) Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
– (Women in Love, Sunday Bloody Sunday) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
– (Juno, I, Tonya, The West Wing) Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
– (Secrets & Lies, Broadchurch) Celia Johnson
Celia Johnson
– (Brief Encounter, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) Gemma Jones
Gemma Jones
– (Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones's Diary) Alex Kingston
Alex Kingston
– (ER, Doctor Who) Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
– (Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire) Mike Leigh, director – (Abigail’s Party, Secrets & Lies) Anton Lesser
Anton Lesser
– (Wolf Hall, Endeavour) Adrian Lester – (Hustle, Henry V) Robert Lindsay (My Family, Me and My Girl) Andrew Lincoln
Andrew Lincoln
– (The Walking Dead, Love Actually) Joan Littlewood, director (A Taste of Honey, Oh, What a Lovely War!) Emma Lowndes - (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) Matthew Macfadyen
Matthew Macfadyen
– (Pride & Prejudice, The Three Musketeers) Stephen Mangan
Stephen Mangan
– (Episodes, Postman Pat) Nathaniel Martello-White (Collateral) Daniel Mays – (Ashes to Ashes, Line of Duty) Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
– (Belle, Jupiter Ascending) Steve McFadden
Steve McFadden
– (EastEnders) Paul McGann
Paul McGann
– (Withnail and I, Alien 3) Ian McShane
Ian McShane
– (Deadwood, Lovejoy) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
– (Wuthering Heights, Tumbleweeds) Tobias Menzies
Tobias Menzies
– (Rome, Game of Thrones, Outlander) Roger Moore
Roger Moore
– (James Bond) Dean Norris
Dean Norris
– (Breaking Bad, Under the Dome) Rufus Norris – (artistic director, National Theatre) Sophie Okonedo
Sophie Okonedo
– (Hotel Rwanda, Dirty Pretty Things) Joe Orton, playwright – (Loot, What the Butler Saw) Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
– (Lawrence of Arabia, The Lion in Winter) Clive Owen
Clive Owen
– (Children of Men, Sin City) Bruce Payne – (Passenger 57, Highlander: Endgame) Maxine Peake
Maxine Peake
– (Silk, The Village) Siân Phillips
Siân Phillips
– (I, Claudius, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
– (Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean) Jessica Raine
Jessica Raine
– (Call the Midwife, Jericho) Robert Reed
Robert Reed
– (The Brady Bunch, Roots) Anne Reid – (Dinnerladies, Last Tango in Halifax) Matthew Rhys
Matthew Rhys
– (Brothers & Sisters, The Americans) Paul Rhys – (The Assets, Chaplin) John Rhys-Davies
John Rhys-Davies
– (The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
– (Harry Potter, Die Hard) Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
– (The Avengers, Game of Thrones) Andrea Riseborough
Andrea Riseborough
– (Birdman, Oblivion) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
– (Wolf Hall, Bridge of Spies) Peter Sallis
Peter Sallis
– (Last of the Summer Wine, Wallace and Gromit) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
– (Scream, Ray Donovan) Pippa Scott
Pippa Scott
– (The Searchers, Auntie Mame) Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif
– (Funny Girl, Lawrence of Arabia) Robert Shaw – (Jaws, A Man for All Seasons) Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen
– (Masters of Sex, Tron: Legacy) Kyle Soller - ( Poldark) Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
– (Mr. Turner, The King's Speech) Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
– (Vera Drake, Another Year) Juliet Stevenson
Juliet Stevenson
– (Truly, Madly, Deeply, Bend It Like Beckham) John Thaw
John Thaw
– (Inspector Morse, Kavanagh QC) Jason Watkins – (Being Human, Lark Rise to Candleford) David Warner – (Star Trek, Titanic) Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
– (Skyfall, Paddington) June Whitfield – (Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
– (Michael Clayton, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) Michael Williams – ( Elizabeth
Elizabeth
R, Educating Rita) Richard Wilson – (One Foot in the Grave, Merlin) Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
– (The Wicker Man, The Equalizer) Owain Yeoman – (The Mentalist, Troy) Susannah York
Susannah York
– (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Superman)

References[edit]

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King's College London
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Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
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Kenneth Branagh
made president of RADA to upstage the posh brigade". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-10-03.  ^ "Governance and advisers". Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Retrieved 9 November 2010.  ^ https://www.rada.ac.uk/about/brief-history ^ (admin), Jed Staton. "RADA in Business - What We Do". Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.  ^ "Visiting Us". Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Retrieved 31 December 2011.  ^ " Bryan Avery
Bryan Avery
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