A report on Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

The main entrance to RADA on Gower Street, London
The main entrance to RADA on Gower Street, London
The sculpture above the entrance to RADA features masks that depict Tragedy (pictured) and Comedy (which appears opposite). A symbol of theatre, they are also known as Sock and Buskin
The RADA building on Chenies Street, London
The RADA Theatres on Malet Street, London
Sir John Gielgud, who studied at RADA in 1923 and would later become President and first Honorary Fellow of the school

Drama school in London, England, that provides vocational conservatoire training for theatre, film, television, and radio.

- Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
The main entrance to RADA on Gower Street, London

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The National Theatre from Waterloo Bridge

Royal National Theatre

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One of the United Kingdom's three most prominent publicly funded performing arts venues, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House.

One of the United Kingdom's three most prominent publicly funded performing arts venues, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House.

The National Theatre from Waterloo Bridge
Axis view of Royal National Theatre to Olivier Theatre fly tower
Detail of the National Theatre showing the grain of the formwork
Denys Lasdun's building for the National Theatre – an "urban landscape" of interlocking terraces responding to the site at King's Reach on the River Thames to exploit views of St Paul's Cathedral and Somerset House.
Laurence Olivier became the first Artistic Director of the National Theatre in 1963. Shown in a photograph by Carl Van Vechten, 1939
Facing east; towards the City of London, from Waterloo Bridge. Showing St. Paul's, and other major City buildings – to the right, the illuminated National Theatre.
An artistic lighting scheme illuminating the exterior of the building
The statue of Laurence Olivier as Hamlet was unveiled in September 2007
The terrace entrance between the mezzanine restaurant level and the Olivier cloakroom level, reached from halfway up/down Waterloo Bridge
The main entrance on the ground floor
The ensemble shows a varying range of geometric relationships.
River Thames and Waterloo Bridge, with National Theatre, centre-right

The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre was opened in Stratford upon Avon on 23 April 1879, with the New Shakespeare Company (now the Royal Shakespeare Company, RSC); then Herbert Beerbohm Tree founded an Academy of Dramatic Art at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1904.

Branagh at a press conference for Thor in 2011

Kenneth Branagh

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British actor and filmmaker.

British actor and filmmaker.

Branagh at a press conference for Thor in 2011
Branagh in July 2009 at the Roma Fiction Fest, where he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award

Branagh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and has served as its president since 2015.

Gielgud as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, 1959

John Gielgud

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English actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades.

English actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades.

Gielgud as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, 1959
Centre: Marion, Kate and Ellen Terry and, far right, Fred Terry at Ellen's Silver Jubilee matinée, Drury Lane, 12 June 1906. Everyone shown was a member of the Terry family.
Noël Coward with Lilian Braithwaite, his, and later Gielgud's, co-star in The Vortex
Mrs Patrick Campbell and Edith Evans, 1920s co-stars with Gielgud
The Old Vic (photographed in 2012), where Gielgud honed his skill as a Shakespearean
Mabel Terry-Lewis, Gielgud's aunt and co-star in The Importance of Being Earnest
Peggy Ashcroft in 1936
Gielgud in a publicity photograph for Secret Agent (1936)
Interior of the Queen's Theatre
Gielgud and Dolly Haas in Crime and Punishment, Broadway, 1947
Edmond O'Brien (Casca, left) and Gielgud (Cassius) in Julius Caesar (1953)
Gielgud, 1953
Much Ado About Nothing: Gielgud as Benedick and Margaret Leighton as Beatrice, 1959
Gielgud (left) as Joseph Surface, and Ralph Richardson as Sir Peter Teazle, The School for Scandal, 1962
Gielgud in 1973, by Allan Warren

After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art he worked in repertory theatre and in the West End before establishing himself at the Old Vic as an exponent of Shakespeare in 1929–31.

Attenborough at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, September 2007

Richard Attenborough

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English actor, filmmaker, and entrepreneur.

English actor, filmmaker, and entrepreneur.

Attenborough at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, September 2007
in Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Attenborough in 1975
Lord Attenborough during his term as Chancellor of the University of Sussex, February 2006
St Mary Magdalene's, Richmond

He was the president of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), as well as the life president of Chelsea FC.

The Church of Christ the King was built in 1850.

Bloomsbury

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District in the West End of London.

District in the West End of London.

The Church of Christ the King was built in 1850.
The historic seat of the Royal Historical Society
Wards of the Metropolitan Borough of Holborn, 1952. Bloomsbury and St Giles (including most of Lincoln's Inn) were sub-divided but retained their identity
Pied Bull Yard, in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area
Russell Square
Tavistock Square
The Main Building of University College London
The Queen Elizabeth II Great Court
St George, Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury's parish church
St Pancras New Church
BMA House
Virginia Woolf, considered one of Britain's most important authors
Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union

Bloomsbury is home of the British Museum, the largest museum in the United Kingdom, and several educational institutions, including University College London and a number of other colleges and institutes of the University of London as well as its central headquarters, the New College of the Humanities, the University of Law, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the British Medical Association and many others.

Rickman in 2011

Alan Rickman

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English actor and director.

English actor and director.

Rickman in 2011
Rickman at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival
Rickman at the John Golden Theatre in 2011
Rickman and Kate Winslet at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
Rickman posing for a fan after a performance of John Gabriel Borkman in 2011
Rickman at a Hudson Union Society event in 2009

Known for his deep, languid voice, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), performing in modern and classical theatre productions.

Herbert Beerbohm Tree

Herbert Beerbohm Tree

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English actor and theatre manager.

English actor and theatre manager.

Herbert Beerbohm Tree
Tree, as depicted in the pages of Vanity Fair (1890)
Tree as Hamlet in 1892.
Macbeth (1916)
Tree as Shylock, painted by Charles Buchel.
Tree in 1915 aboard a passenger liner

He founded the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1904 and was knighted, for his contributions to theatre, in 1909.

Hopkins at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

Anthony Hopkins

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Welsh actor, director, and producer.

Welsh actor, director, and producer.

Hopkins at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
Richard Attenborough directed Hopkins in five films, and in the 1970s described him as "unquestionably the greatest actor of his generation".
Isabella Rossellini and Hopkins in Berlin to shoot scenes for The Innocent (1993)
Lecter t-shirt worn by Hopkins in Hannibal on display at the London Film Museum
Hopkins at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival
Anthony Hopkins Centre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
Hopkins at the 2009 Tuscan Sun Festival
Panorama of Snowdonia in north Wales which Hopkins described as "one of the most beautiful places in the world and Snowdon is the jewel that lies at its heart. It must be cherished and protected."

After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, Hopkins trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was then spotted by Laurence Olivier who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre in 1965.

Exterior of Her Majesty's Theatre, 2010

Her Majesty's Theatre

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West End theatre situated on Haymarket in the City of Westminster, London.

West End theatre situated on Haymarket in the City of Westminster, London.

Exterior of Her Majesty's Theatre, 2010
Sir John Vanbrugh painted by Godfrey Kneller
King's (previously Queen's) Theatre, Haymarket, the 18th-century predecessor of the present theatre; watercolour by William Capon (V&A)
Actor-manager Richard Brinsley Sheridan, painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Interior of second theatre on the site, c. 1808. Drawing by Auguste Pugin and Thomas Rowlandson for Ackermann's Microcosm of London
Joseph Haydn in 1792
Season tickets for King's Theatre
A riot at the theatre, on 1 May 1813
Drawing of the theatre by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd, 1827–28
The royal box
Jenny Lind, The Swedish Nightingale, 1850
The theatre burned down in 1867.
Carl Rosa's opera company performed at the third theatre.
Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Cardinal Wolsey at the theatre, in a 1910 photograph
Phipps's new theatre
Shaw's Pygmalion ran at the theatre in 1914, starring Mrs Patrick Campbell as Eliza.
Oscar Asche in Chu Chin Chow. Its record-breaking run of 2,235 performances at the theatre began in 1916.
The 'boat scene' in Phantom is achieved using surviving Victorian stage machinery.
Society of London Theatre plaque commemorating Her Majesty's Theatre

The present building was designed by Charles J. Phipps and was constructed in 1897 for actor-manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who established the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at the theatre.

Drama students performing on stage.

Drama school

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Undergraduate and/or graduate school or department at a college or university; or a free-standing institution ; which specializes in the pre-professional training in drama and theatre arts, such as acting, design and technical theatre, arts administration, and related subjects.

Undergraduate and/or graduate school or department at a college or university; or a free-standing institution ; which specializes in the pre-professional training in drama and theatre arts, such as acting, design and technical theatre, arts administration, and related subjects.

Drama students performing on stage.
Romanian students (Drama Club Botosani) in "The Taming of the Shrew"

On 1 August 2008, The Irish Times reported that a RADA graduate, Danielle Ryan, granddaughter of the late Tony Ryan who founded Ryanair, had announced plans to develop an Irish Academy of Dramatic Arts part-funded from a Trust created by her late father, Captain Cathal Ryan.