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Updated: 13 January 2021


During these unprecedented circumstances, our first priority continues to be the health, safety and welfare of all our students, staff and visitors. We are following the latest advice from the UK government, Public Health England and the NHS.

We continue to review our schedule of activity in light of the latest government directives. As the situation evolves and we take decisions around training, courses, auditions and events, we are contacting all affected staff, students, applicants or visitors directly, and we will update our website.

RADA remains closed to visitors and the buildings are closed for all but essential reasons.

When we are able to return to in-person work, students and staff should make sure they are familiar with the detailed RADA Covid-19 Remobilisation Plan available on our Sharepoint. Please see the information below for more details, and visit the links on the right for the latest guidance.

Thank you for your understanding and support during this time.

Useful resources

RADA contacts

    Information for new and continuing students

    We are monitoring the situation closely and continue to keep all students informed via e-mail communications and Sharepoint; please make sure you check these regularly.

    As of January 2021, we are not able to carry out in-person training due to the current lockdown in England; we are currently working on plans for training and assessments for the remainder of the academic year, and remain in close contact with all students as these develop.

    When we are able to return to in-person training, we will inform students about any Covid testing requirements; for now, students should not travel to RADA.

    Students can also read the following documents regarding arrangements for the academic year; these were published in October 2020, at the start of the academic year.

    Academic year 2020-21 overview information

    Online training technical requirements 2020-21

    Please speak to the HE Courses team or contact yourstudentexperience@rada.ac.uk if you have any questions or concerns.

    We understand that many of you may have concerns about the current situation, about your training, and your family and friends. Please support each other, remember that the Student Wellbeing Service is there for you if you require additional pastoral support.

    We ask all students to ensure they are following the latest public health guidance and government regulations.

    Information for staff

    We are monitoring the situation closely and continue to keep our staff informed via e-mail communications and Sharepoint; please make sure you check these regularly.

    As of January 2021, we are not able to carry out in-person training due to the current lockdown in England; we are currently working on plans for training and assessments for the remainder of the academic year, and remain in close contact with staff as these develop.

    When we are able to return to in-person training, we will inform staff about any Covid testing requirements; for now, staff should not travel to RADA and should continue to work from home unless required on-site for essential work.

    We have both technical and wellbeing support available for working from home: please check the RADA Sharepoint for helpful resources and information, and speak to the IT helpdesk, your line manager or HR if you have any issues or concerns.

    We understand that many of you may have concerns about the current situation, about your work, and your family and friends. Please support your colleagues, and contact your line manager or HR about any concerns or if you feel you need additional support.

    We ask all students to ensure they are following the latest public health guidance and government regulations.

    Information for applicants

    Applications for students starting in 2021-22 will close in January for most courses.

    We have made a number of changes to the admissions cycle in light of ongoing restrictions: preliminary and recall auditions for the BA (Hons) in Acting will be conducted via a self-tape video submission, and interviews for all Theatre Production courses will be held online.

    Applications for the MA Theatre Lab will open soon. Sign up to receive updates here.

    Information for short courses participants

    We are currently running online courses. Find out more information about these and sign up to our newsletter here to stay up-to-date with new announcements.

    Due to government guidelines, we are currently not accepting applications for any in-person courses. We will update our website when we are able to confirm in-person course dates.

    Information for audiences at live performances

    We do not currently have any in-person events scheduled. Please see the What's On pages for details of any digital events.

    We will resume live events when we can, and we look forward to welcoming audiences back to RADA when it is safe and legal to do so. Any live events will be advertised on our website, and ticket bookers will receive information via email about our safety protocols. You should also download and read our guide for audiences here.

    We have been granted the use of Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre's 'See It Safely' mark. The mark certifies that we are complying with the latest government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, to ensure the safety of our staff and audiences. You can find out more here about the measures theatres have been putting in place.