The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) was founded in 1904 and was granted a Royal Charter in 1920 by King George V, formalising RADA’s position as a vital public institution in the world of the arts.

The Academy enjoys an international reputation and its extensive list of successful and celebrated alumni, which includes Lord Attenborough Kt CBE, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Imelda Staunton OBE, is testament to its standing as the leading training ground for actors, stage managers, directors, designers and technical stage craft specialists.

With an emphasis on one-to-one and small group teaching and support delivered by expert specialist teachers, visiting directors, designers and graduate mentors, RADA’s students develop the practical skills and emotional intelligence to innovate, shape and transform their art for audiences all over the world.

RADA was founded on the belief that students of exceptional talent should receive a place to train regardless of their financial circumstances. To this day RADA strives to remain true to this ethos, assisting students who encounter financial hardship.