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Lolita Chakrabarti, Playwright, Actor and RADA Big Give Ambassador

Between 28 November and 5 December, RADA took part in the 2023 Big Give Christmas Challenge to raise much needed funds to continue to invest in our world-leading training. Thanks to your generosity, we raised £72,166 during the campaign!

All donations made during the week of the Big Give Christmas Challenge were doubled, having twice the impact and allowing RADA to nurture the creativity of students and uphold the excellence of their training.

The generosity of the RADA community in supporting student training has been remarkable. We would like to thank everyone who donated during the Big Give Christmas Challenge, with special thanks to our generous match funders: The Reed Foundation, Zac Barratt, Judith Chan, Aidan Clegg, Alan and Ros Haigh, John Romeo, Tanya Rose, and Andrew Sutch.

Why raise money for training?

RADA’s specialist training is expensive to run. It costs over £30,000 to train a student each year, with student fees only covering a quarter of the cost. The pandemic has severely impacted RADA’s finances, threatening our ability to deliver training. RADA must increase funding urgently to continue providing students with the highest standard of training that nurtures the next generation of creative leaders.

"RADA’s world-leading reputation goes before it. I can say as a graduate, as an artist, and now as Artistic Director of the National Theatre that RADA is an essential part of the cultural fabric of our country, our creative industries, and is one of the handful of British institutions that helps to shape our reputation in the world."
Rufus Norris, Acting Diploma graduate 1989

The Big Give Christmas Challenge has now closed, but there are still many opportunities to support the next generation of creative talent. Please make a donation today or contact for more information.

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