LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art)

LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art)

LAMDA Image by Richard Hubert SmithAt LAMDA we believe drama has the power to transform lives. We want people to experience this through our exceptional training, examinations, facilities and productions.
A world-leading Higher Education provider, LAMDA offers vocational training to actors, stage managers, technicians, directors and designers, regardless of their background or economic circumstances.

In 2017, we opened the doors to our new £28.2m centre for world-leading drama training. In addition to ten new training and rehearsal studios and a state-of-the-art screen and audio suite, our two new theatres now allow us to stage all LAMDA productions under one roof.

LAMDA graduates include Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, TV), Ruth Wilson (The Affair, TV), Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia!, Film), Sam Claflin (Me Before You, Film), Anna Chancellor (Spooks, TV), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave, Film), Harriet Walter (Downton Abbey, TV), Lighting Designer Natasha Chivers, Director Polly Findlay and many more.

As well as the hundreds of student we welcome on our full-time and short courses, almost 100,000 candidates in over 30 countries worldwide take our performance and communications examinations each year.

For more information please visit our website.

How can you get involved?

 LAMDA Exams

LAMDA has been offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years. Rita Ora, Neil Gaiman and Lily Cole are just a few of the former LAMDA exams candidates that you may recognise.

Our examinations are all about achievement and empowerment. Anyone can take a LAMDA exam, regardless of age, ability, ambition or experience. They offer an exciting way to develop communications and performance skills in many different areas, including:

  • Acting
  • Speaking Verse and Prose
  • Speaking in Public
  • Miming
  • Group Recital
  • Choral Speaking
  • Musical Theatre

 Click here to hear from some of our exam students.

Click here to learn more about LAMDA exams.

If you’d like to study for LAMDA exams, you can find a teacher in your area by clicking here.

LAMDA Short Courses

LAMDA  Film Course image by Richard Hubert SmithThroughout the summer we offer Short Courses to suit students of all abilities. Designed to challenge and inspire in a supportive environment, these courses are taught by the same tutors and industry professionals who lead our full-time, vocational training. Our range of 2018 courses includes:

  • Audition Technique
  • Introduction to Drama School
  • Introduction to Screen Acting
  • Shakespeare Short Course

Learn more about our short courses.

In addition to our short courses, LAMDA also offers semester courses in Autumn and Spring terms, as well as an eight-week intensive Shakespeare Summer School.

We offer exceptional vocational training for actors, stage managers, technicians, directors, and designers and train approximately 220 UK and international students a year across five validated degree courses and our own range of diploma courses. We are committed to selecting the most talented students, irrespective of their financial circumstances; at least one in five receives support through our scholarships and bursaries programme.

We deal in excellence, passion, talent and imagination – creating an inventive learning environment and a friendly, supportive starting point for a journey into the profession. Our tutors have years of experience, as do the directors, designers, writers, actors and industry leaders who choose to share their expertise with us. Our close collaboration with the industry means that our students are highly sought after; you’ll find our graduates in theatres and on screens worldwide!

Learn more about LAMDA’s full-time Acting, Directing and Stage Management courses.

If you’d like to learn more about LAMDA, visit our website or email