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Course overview

Experience a practical and refreshing take on five key stages of English drama. Ten specialist teachers from the RADA faculty lead a series of dynamic and practical workshops over five days, covering:

  • Pageants & Wagons: Mediaeval Drama
  • The Wooden 'O': Shakespeare's Theatre
  • The Return of the King: Restoration Comedy
  • Smoke and Mirrors: Victorian Melodrama
  • The Survival of Language: Twentieth Century Drama

Entry requirements


Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential.

Please remember that, although there is no upper age limit, this is a physically demanding course. While any specific needs will be taken fully into account, participants must be reasonably fit.

Further information

The course is active, participatory, and appropriate for any level of experience and ability.

The course is limited to 12 participants.

Each day includes a warm-up/skills class, exposition and practical work on the period being explored; sessions on text with RADA directors, and an informal sharing of work.


The course runs from 10am to 5.30pm.

How to apply

Complete an application form and send it back to us. You can download the application form here.

Along with a completed application form, you will need to provide:

  • A reference from a teacher, tutor, director or fellow actor to give some information about your experience of acting
  • A short paragraph about what you would like to gain from the course
  • If you are between the ages of 16 and 18 you may need additional references and participation will be at the discretion of the Course Director. We will contact you once we have received your application.

Please then send a scanned copy of the application form to

Or a paper copy to:

Sally Power
RADA, 62-64 Gower Street,
London, WC1E 6ED
United Kingdom

Although there is no application deadline, places are limited and therefore early booking is recommended.

All applications are considered in order of receipt. If your application is received after the course is full, you will be put on the waiting list. You will be informed by post at the address given on your application form whether or not you have been accepted.

Frequently asked questions and terms and conditions

Does the course count towards university credits?

There are no University Credits associated with this course.

Can RADA help me to find accommodation?

Accommodation is not provided for this course.

What is the cancellation policy?

Once you are accepted onto the course - you will receive full details of our cancellation policy.

Once payment has been made, it is strongly recommended that all students insure themselves to cover the loss of fees in the event of illness, for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.

Rules and regulations of the Academy

By participating in the course you undertake to conform to the general rules and regulations of the Academy.

All students must undertake to adhere to the General Rules and Regulations of the Academy. The Academy’s Director or Course Director shall, at their absolute discretion, have the right to terminate the course in respect of any student whose presence or conduct is in contravention of the same.

Friends or other persons who are not officially enrolled are not permitted to sit in on classes, rehearsals or presentations.

Students must understand, conform and adhere to the Academy’s Health and Safety Procedures and Policies.

All students are expected to wear the correct and appropriate clothing for each class.

Students are expected to maintain a professional standard of dress and hygiene at all times.

Fees are non-returnable once a student has started a course.

Photography or recording of any kind is strictly prohibited in the classroom areas without permission from the Academy’s staff.

RADA does not discriminate against applicants on the grounds of sex, disability, ethnicity or sexuality. We welcome applicants from disabled people and offer places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for the course. The school is mainly housed in a newly-refurbished building which provides good access for wheelchair users.

Decisions made by the Academy regarding the selection of instructors, the allocation of students to study groups, the material for that study group and any roles allocated are final and not open to negotiation.

It is strongly recommended that students insure themselves to cover any medical or transport costs and loss of fees in the event of illness or accident for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.

If, for reason of epidemic or national crisis, the Academy is compelled to close during the course, no fees can be returned or compensation be made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work.

It is important to note that the Academy does not accept responsibility for students beyond the scheduled teaching hours on the RADA premises. These are Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. Parents are therefore advised to ensure that adequate supervision of activities undertaken in the evening and at weekends is provided, as appropriate, during the duration of the course.