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Our teaching and performance facilities aim to mirror industry standards and provide students with wide-ranging experience, so they graduate feeling confident working in a variety of spaces, from small black box theatres to large-scale international productions, through to film sets and recording studios.

Our theatres and workshops are fully equipped to train students in areas including: stage management, stage electrics, lighting design, sound design, production sound engineering, scenic art, scenic construction, prop-making, costume-making, wardrobe supervision, video projection and the manipulation of digital imagery, video production, introduction to scenic and costume design, radio production, technical management, production management and technical drawing. For acting students, we facilitate training and performance on stage, screen and radio.

We also create partnerships with a number of leading suppliers in the industry who provide additional equipment and training, giving our students access to the latest developments in sound, lighting and video equipment, as well as additional coaching and networking opportunities from experienced professionals.

Theatres

We have four on-site theatres. All acting and theatre production students will work on a public show in at least one of these theatres during their training.

  • Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre
    A fully flexible theatre with 183 seats, offering a range of staging options and state-of-the-art equipment that enables theatre production students to practise and stretch their technical and creative expertise in professional industry standards. The theatre is also used for film screenings, exhibitions and other events
  • GBS Theatre
    A studio theatre seating up to 70 people with a distinctive exposed brick wall.
  • Gielgud Theatre
    An intimate black box studio space seating up to 50 people. The theatre is used for informal sharings, workshops and teaching as well as public performances.
  • The Studio Theatre
    Based at RADA Studios, 16 Chenies Street is our largest capacity theatre available to hire. This space will be reserved for certain periods for public showings of student work until 2024.

Please see our Venue Hire pages for more information.

Studios and workshops

We have a range of studios and workshop spaces across our buildings on Gower Street and Chenies Street.

Our many studios are used by Acting students for classes and production rehearsals. We have specially equipped studios for dance and fight training, and a sound studio and film equipment for training in microphone technique and screen acting.

For Theatre Production training, we have workshops for metalwork, carpentry, scenic art (including paint frame), video, props and costume-making, where you will practise skills and create elements for our public productions.

We also have a CAD suite, dedicated sound studios, and extensive props and costume stores with over 20,000 costumes.

Library

Opening times are:

9am -7pm, Monday - Friday (subject to change)

The library houses over 40,000 items, including 12,000 plays with many rare and out-of-print scripts as well as recent releases. There are also books on many other aspects of the performing arts and wider culture, including theatre history, poetry, drama training techniques, social history, photography, film, technical theatre disciplines and dances.

You will also have access to a number of digital resources, including subscriptions that allow you to watch productions online such as Digital Theatre Plus and Drama Online, and a library of several thousand films from classic Hollywood to international cinema and documentaries.

Membership

All full-time staff and students are automatically given library membership with access to a range of online resources, including the following:

Please contact library@rada.ac.uk for all enquires.

Read more about the RADA Library here.

Refectory and RADA Bar

The Refectory and the RADA Bar are temporarily closed, but the seating areas are open to staff, students and the public during the day to eat their lunch. The bar area is also available in the evening during public productions.