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Encyclopedia > Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
RADA's theatre in London
RADA's theatre in London

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in Bloomsbury, London, is considered to be one of the most prestigious drama schools in the world. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... RADA theatre entrance on Malet Street, London WC1. ... RADA theatre entrance on Malet Street, London WC1. ... Bloomsbury may refer to: Bloomsbury, London, an area in the centre of the city the Bloomsbury group, an English literary group active around from around 1905 to the start of World War II. the Bloomsbury Gang, a political grouping centred on the local landowner, John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

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History

1904 Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, the leading actor manager of the day, famous for his spectacular Shakespeare productions, establishes an Academy of Dramatic Art at Her Majesty's Theatre in the Haymarket. Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree (December 17, 1853 - July 2, 1917) was an English actor-manager. ... Her Majestys Theatre is a West End theatre, located on The Haymarket, in the City of Westminster. ... The Haymarket is a street in the St Jamess district of the City of Westminister in London, England. ...


1905 The Academy moves to 62 Gower Street. Fees of six guineas a term are doubled the following year, except for the children of actors, who only pay half. A managing Council is established on which Tree is joined, among others, by Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Sir Arthur Wing Pinero and Sir James Barrie. Within a few years they are augmented by other major figures, including W.S. Gilbert, Irene Vanbrugh and, perhaps most significantly, George Bernard Shaw. Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (born January 16, 1853, London - died November 6, 1937, St. ... Arthur Wing Pinero (24 May 1855- 23 November 1934) was an English dramatist. ... You may be looking for James Barry, surgeon Sir James Matthew Barrie, Bt. ... Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (November 18, 1836 - May 29, 1911) was a British dramatist and librettist best known for his operatic collaborations with the composer Arthur Sullivan. ... Dame Irene Vanbrugh DBE (2 December 1872–30 November 1949), born Irene Barnes, was an English actress. ... George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856–2 November 1950) was an Irish dramatist, literary critic, and socialist. ...


1909 Kenneth Barnes, brother of the Vanbrugh sisters, is appointed Principal. Sir Kenneth Ralph Barnes (11 September 1878–16 October 1957) was director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London from 1909 until 1955. ...


1912 GBS donates the royalties from Pygmalion to RADA, allowing the Academy eventually to benefit substantially from the success of My Fair Lady. Shaw gives occasional lectures to the students, including one called ‘Elementary Economics for Actors’. Pre-First World War graduates include Athene Seyler, Robert Atkins and Cedric Hardwicke. During this period Beerbohm Tree takes some forty Academy graduates into his company at His Majesty’s. Pygmalion is a Greek name, probably going back to Phoenician roots. ... My Fair Lady is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, based on George Bernard Shaws Pygmalion. ... Athene Seyler (May 31, 1889 - September 12, 1990) was an English actress. ... For other persons named Robert Atkins, see Robert Atkins (disambiguation). ... Sir Cedric Webster Hardwicke (February 19, 1893 - August 6, 1964) was a British actor. ...


1920 The Academy is granted its Royal Charter. For the ship of the same name, see Royal Charter (ship). ...


1921 A new theatre is built in Malet Street, backing on to the Gower Street premises. This is opened by the Prince of Wales. Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David; later The Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor; 23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972) was King of Great Britain, Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India from the death of his father, George V (1910–36), on 20...


1923 John Gielgud, who will eventually become President and first Honorary Fellow of RADA, studies for a year at the Academy, playing 17 parts, including two Hamlets. Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH (14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000), known as Sir John Gielgud, was an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning British theatre and film actor. ...


1924 The Academy receives its first government subsidy in the form of a Treasury Grant of £500.


1927 The two Georgian houses which make up the Gower Street site are replaced with a single new building. GBS donates £5,000 towards the cost.


1931 The Duchess of York opens new building. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, later Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth Angela Marguerite; 4 August 1900 – 30 March 2002), was the Queen Consort of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from 1936 until his death in 1952. ...


1941 Richard Attenborough joins the Academy as a Leverhulme scholar. At the height of World War Two, the Academy’s theatre is demolished during an air-raid. Public performances shift to the City Literary Institute and students also tour shows to the troops. Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE, KBE (born August 29, 1923) is an English actor, director, producer, and entrepreneur. ...


1950 George Bernard Shaw dies and leaves one third of all his royalties to RADA.


1954 The new Vanbrugh Theatre is opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, later Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth Angela Marguerite; 4 August 1900 – 30 March 2002), was the Queen Consort of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from 1936 until his death in 1952. ...


1955 Sir Kenneth Barnes, knighted in 1938, retires and John Fernald is appointed Principal. The number of students is reduced and entry becomes more difficult. During the late 50s and 60s the growth of the LEA grant systems ushers in the ‘new wave’ of actors including Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Glenda Jackson, John Hurt, Michael Williams and Anthony Hopkins. Albert Finney (born May 9, 1936 in Salford, Lancashire, England) is a five-time Academy Award-nominated English actor of Irish descent. ... Tom Courtenay (pronounced Courtney) (born February 25, 1937) is a British actor who came to prominence in the early 1960s with a succession of critically-acclaimed films including The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), Billy Liar (1963) and Dr. Zhivago (1965). ... Glenda Jackson Glenda May Jackson, CBE, (born 9 May 1936) is a two-time Academy Award-winning British actress and politician, currently Labour Member of Parliament for the constituency of Hampstead and Highgate in the London Borough of Camden. ... For the singer, see Mississippi John Hurt. ... Michael Leonard Williams (9 July 1935 – 11 January 2001) was a British actor. ... For the composer, see Antony Hopkins. ...


1962 The Stage Management course is introduced.


1964 The Vanbrugh Theatre Club is established.


1966 John Fernald resigns and Hugh Crutwell becomes Principal.


1967 Following debate concerning RADA receiving funds from the Shaw bequest, the Government withdraws its annual grant.


1970 Specialist Technical Courses are established.


1972 Richard Attenborough becomes Chairman.


1977 The ‘Tree ’ evenings, named in honour of RADA’s founder, are introduced with leading agents and casting directors invited to presentations by final year students in the Vanbrugh.


During this period another ‘new wave’ of actors emerges at the Academy. These include Jonathan Pryce, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Anton Lesser, Kenneth Branagh and Fiona Shaw. Jonathan Pryce (born June 1, 1947) is a Welsh film, television, and stage actor who has starred in such Hollywood films include Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean, Tomorrow Never Dies and The New World. ... Juliet Anne Virginia Stevenson (born October 30, 1956) is an English actress. ... Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born February 21, 1946) is an acclaimed, award-winning English film, television and stage actor. ... Anton Lesser (b. ... Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated Northern Irish-born actor and film director. ... Fiona Shaw as Aunt Petunia in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. ...


1984 Oliver Neville becomes Principal.


1986 The Acting Diploma Course is extended from seven to nine terms.


1989 HRH, The Princess of Wales, visits the Academy as President of Council to install her predecessor, Sir John Gielgud, as RADA’s first Honorary Fellow. “Diana Spencer” redirects here. ...


1990 The Academy invests the capital accrued from the Shaw bequest in the freehold of 18 Chenies Street, with the help of donations from the Foundation for Sport and the Arts and British Telecommunications.


King’s College, London University, offers an MA in Text and Performance Study in conjunction with the Academy.


1993 Nicholas Barter becomes Principal.


The ‘Friends of RADA’ is inaugurated and the Academy establishes its first courses for Japanese professional actors in Tokyo.


1996 RADA receives a £22.7m grant from the Arts Council National Lottery Board towards redeveloping the Academy’s headquarters, including a complete re-build of the Vanbrugh Theatre and Malet Street premises. Council establishes a committee to raise the necessary ‘matching’ partnership funding of £8m over four years. Discretionary local authority grants are phased out within the next two years.


1997 The rebuilding of the Gower/Malet Street premises commences.


1995/8 The Academy extends its portfolio of Short Courses for British actors and special courses for American and Japanese students in London.


1998 The Vanbrugh Theatre Club is dissolved.


2000 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II re-opens the Academy's new and refurbished Gower Street/Malet Street building Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ...


2001 The second stage of the Centenary Project that of creating new spaces for the Academy's work at no's 20 & 22 Chenies St, gets underway.


2001 RADA becomes (with the London Contemporary Dance School) one of the two Founding Affiliates of Britain's first higher education Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. RADA courses are validated by King's College, London


2002 University of London awards the 1st BA in Acting. RADA appoints a Dean of Studies. RADA library introduces a computerized circulation and security system. RADA Youth Group is launch in autumn 2002.


2003 Lord Attenborough becomes President of RADA and John Whitney appointed as Chairman. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance join the Conservatoire.


2004 RADA celebrates its Centenary. LAMDA, The Circus Space and Central School of Ballet join the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama.


2005 Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (joined 2005) joins the Conservatoire.


2006 The Academy aims to complete the refurbishment of the 20/22 Chenies Street premises by the end of the academic year.


2006 The Academy replaces the Friends of RADA with a new scheme for supporters, the RADA Stars.


2007 The Academy introduces its one-year drama foundation course, accepting 32 pupils per year.


2007 Nicholas Barter retires as Principal. The role of principal is removed and the new roles of 'Managing Director' filled by Jeremy Newton and 'Artistic Director' filled by Edward Kemp are created instead.


Current leadership

As of 2007, Lord Attenborough is President of the school, Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen is Chairman, and Alan Rickman and Michael Attenborough are the vice-chairmen of the school. The Managing Director is Jeremy Newton and the Artistic Director is Edward Kemp. Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE, KBE (born August 29, 1923) is an English actor, director, producer, and entrepreneur. ... Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born February 21, 1946) is an acclaimed, award-winning English film, television and stage actor. ... Michael John Attenborough (born 13 February 1950) is a successful English theatre director. ...


Admissions

RADA accepts 32 new students each year onto its BA in Acting course. However, no educational requirements need to be met and admission is based purely on suitability and successful audition. RADA also teaches technical theatre arts through a 2 year graduate diploma course and specialist technical subjects through 4 term graduate certificate courses. Approximately 35 students are chosen each year for these courses.


RADA is administered through King's College London. For other uses, see Kings College. ...


See also

Alumni of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London Robert Addie Robert Aldous Joy Allen Jonas Armstrong Linda Armstrong Gemma Arterton Richard Attenborough Philip Ayckbourn Jamea Ayoub Peter Barkworth John Barron Ann Baskett Alan Bates Stephanie Beacham Sean Bean Jill Bennett Eve Best Rodney Bewes Christopher H. Bidmead Norman Bird...

External links

  • RADA web site

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