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Best Drama Schools in the UK

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Many of you are looking to audition for drama school this year. It can be tough to work out which schools to approach. Most school have an audition fee, and every audition takes time, so you need to find the drama schools that suit you. As with any list of this nature it’s subjective. It’s always important to do your own research. For this list we have looked at reputation, alumni, teaching staff, facilities and industry standing.

This list of best drama schools in the UK should give you an overview of the landscape in the UK. Most of these drama schools offer various courses, but we’re mainly looking at the core bachelor of acting.

Leading Acting Schools in the UK

#1 Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art is the leading drama school in the UK. It is one of the oldest drama schools in the world and has a formidable reputation. Like with any drama school, the teaching staff at any one time makes a huge impact on the quality of the school. However, RADA always maintains a great reputation and being the national school, receives plenty of funding for facilities and resources.

Alumni: Sally Hawkins, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Hiddleston
Course Length: 3 Years
Location: London

Apply for RADA

#2 London Academy of Performing Arts (LAMDA)

If you find yourself at LAMDA you are in luck. This is one of the best drama schools in the world. A three year course that focuses on voice, movement and acting.

Alumni: Jim Broadbent, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Lithgow
Course Length: 3 Years
Location: London

Apply for LAMDA

#3 Guildhall School

Guildhall is another staple of the London acting schools. This school offers a rigorous training for actors and is well known for producing fantastic graduates. There is a great community at Guildhall and the smaller class size means that you get personalised training. And like with most of the leading acting schools in England, the facilities are incredible.

Alumni: Orlando Bloom, Lily James, Ewan McGregor
Course Length: 3 Years
Location: London

Apply for Guildhall

#4 Central School of Speech and Drama

A highly regarded acting school, Central School of Speech and Drama is a great place to train as an actor. It offers comprehensive contemporary training, as well as classical training for actors.

Alumni: Andrew Garfield, Kit Harington
Course Length: 3 Years
Location: London

Apply for Central

 

 

About the Author

Andrew Hearle

is the founder of StageMilk.Com. Andrew trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and is now a Sydney-based actor working in Theatre, Film and Television.

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