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The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) offers vocational training for actors, stage managers, designers and technical stagecraft specialists. We pride ourselves on the exceptional standard of our facilities, teaching and productions, and the personalisation of our training tailored to the needs of each student.

We seek to train the most talented individuals. We have an impressive track record of graduate employment in theatre, film, television and radio, as award-winners and leaders in their fields: actors, directors, writers, producers, lighting, sound and costume designers, prop makers, scenic artists, stage managers, production managers, and many others.

We also create opportunities for a wider community to engage with our training, through our short courses and widening participation and outreach work.

RADA was established in 1904 by renowned actor-manager Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree in rooms above His Majesty’s Theatre in the West End: an academy founded by the industry for the industry. We have maintained strong links with the performing arts industries ever since, and have built an outstanding reputation as a world-renowned centre of excellence.

Our student population is a diverse community, united by a shared passion for theatre-making. Our students come from all over the world.

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RADA Business

RADA Business helps people at work become brilliant communicators through its world-class training programmes and coaching for organisations and individuals.

Since 2001 RADA Business has worked with some of the world’s best-known employers in more than 30 countries, including law firms, retailers, media companies, universities and governments.

As the commercial subsidiary of RADA, all RADA Business profits are gifted to the Academy to help cover the costs of our high standard of training and widening participation programmes, providing a vital source of income.

Find out more about RADA Business