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.
We have three 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 194 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 in RADA Studios, 16 Chenies Street is also available as a theatre space to hire. 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.
Our 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.
All full-time staff and students are automatically given library membership with access to a range of online resources, including the following:
Read more about the RADA Library here.
During Covid-19 restrictions, the library is operating a click and collect service, and we encourage students to make use of the digital resources available to them.
Refectory and RADA Bar
The refectory is available to students and staff, and offers subsidised meals for students (for example a salad bowl is £1.50) with hot and cold food daily. You may also heat up your own food to eat in the refectory. Meal vouchers are offered as part of means-tested scholarship for students.
The RADA Bar is open to staff, students and the public during the day, and in the evening during public productions, and offers a discount for RADA students. The RADA Bar is run in partnership with CH&Co.
During Covid-19 restrictions, we're unable to serve food and drinks at the refectory or RADA Bar. We will keep reviewing this and will re-open when possible. Seating is still available in both areas for students and staff to eat their lunch.