Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

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Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
founding 1904
Sponsorship state
place London , UK
president Kenneth Branagh
RADA Theater Buildings (Jerwood Vanbrugh Theater, John Gielgud Theater, and The GBS Theater), on Malet Street London

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art ( RADA ) is a traditional London drama school that has trained many well-known British actors .


The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) was founded in 1904 by the English actor and theater manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree .

Its executive directors have included Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson , Sir Arthur Wing Pinero , Sir James Barrie, WS Gilbert, Irene Vanbrugh, and George Bernard Shaw over time . Shaw bequeathed a third of his licenses to the drama school in 1950 . For example, the school benefits from the license for the film My Fair Lady (1964). Since 2001 she has been a founding member of the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama.

RADA is a challenging acting school in Great Britain . It only accepts 32 new students for acting training each year and a maximum of four directing students (until 2014). RADA does not require a high school diploma for acting training and only allocates these places on the basis of a successful audition. The Academy is administered by King's College London .

Lord Richard Attenborough was the school's president from 2004 until his death in August 2014 . He was followed by actor Kenneth Branagh in 2015 . Edward Kemp is currently the headmaster of RADA.

Admission procedure

The BA Acting course ( Acting Bachelor) is a program of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with a high reputation . Every year around three to four thousand people apply for 32 to 40 available places. The admission procedure consists of four sections:

  1. Preliminary Audition (preselection)
  2. Recall Audition (second preselection)
  3. Short workshop (short evening workshop)
  4. Workshop Day

The admission process begins in October of the previous year (the deadline is March 1st of the following year). It is only possible to start studies in the winter semester.

Well-known graduates (selection )

Web links

Commons : Royal Academy of Dramatic Art  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Sir Kenneth Branagh made president of RADA to upstage the posh brigade" ; Article in the Daily Telegraph

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