Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

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Introduction to Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

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"Our specialist, cutting-edge training and world-leading research results in graduates that are amongst the best in their respective fields."


Central is an internationally recognised drama conservatoire focusing on the dramatic arts. Our specialist, cutting-edge training and world-leading research results in graduates that are amongst the best in their respective fields.

Whilst our actors win many of the most coveted awards worldwide, and frequent accolades in the media, a broad range of industry organisations rank Central as the gold standard in leadership of technical and design work. So too, Central continues as a pioneering force in the application of dramatic skills in many social contexts.

Subject strengths

We provide a wide range of short courses to suit different needs and preferences.

Our Evening Courses focus on performance and directing, ranging from 'Audition Techniques' to 'Directing - An Introduction' or even 'Voice for Performance'.

Our Diplomas offer a one-year, part-time mode of study that covers either Acting or Musical Theatre and recruitment is by audition only. We also offer a Gap Year Diploma for those wishing to upskill before applying for degree level study at Central or elsewhere.

We also offer a varied selection of Summer Short Courses (bookings taken from December) which cover subjects including Stage Combat, Voice Fundamentals and Acting for Camera amongst others.  

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Main Building

Central's main building is home to the 234-seat proscenium arch Embassy Theatre, three rehearsal rooms, a café bar and canteen, 9 practice rooms equipped with pianos and sound proofing, and a professional standard recording room with attached studio.

Embassy Extension

The Embassy Extension includes the black box Webber Douglas performance space which has capacity to seat up to 100 people, as well as multiple studios such as the 80-seat New Studio and a wide variety of technical theatre workshops for design, props, puppetry, two costume workshops including a dye room, a large costume store, scenic design workshops, sound and video editing suites, and technical drawing studios.

East Block

The East Block accommodates various academic and administrative offices, the I.T. department, the largest specialist library of its kind in London and a very popular student bar!

The Norman Collins Building

The Norman Collins Building includes various academic offices alongside stage management and technical and production management offices for students and a lecture space.

West Block

The West Block contains two black box performance spaces with 70-80 person capacities, two large and eight smaller rehearsal rooms, all with sprung floors, sound-proofing and PA systems.

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The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is located in Swiss Cottage, within the borough of Camden; a dynamic, artistic area full of theatres, bars, restaurants and art galleries.

The borough of Camden incorporates a wealth of neighbourhoods including Holborn, Bloomsbury, Hampstead Heath, Highgate, part of Regent’s Park, Russell Square, Kilburn, Kentish Town, as well as parts of Covent Garden.

Students at Central have plenty of opportunities to immerse themselves in art, theatre and cultural activities, as well as being able to take advantage of the nightlife in the surrounding areas.

With quick and easy transport links across London, Central is conveniently located within easy reach of many of the capital’s main attractions and activities.

Central is located opposite Swiss Cottage station (Jubilee Line, exit 2), or approximately eight minutes walk from Finchley Road station (Metropolitan Line).

The following bus routes stop nearby: C11, 13, 31, 46, 82, 113, 187, 268.

Central is within a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) and parking is exteremely limited. There is no parking available at the School.

There are two blue badge disabled parking bays directly outside. For more disabled parking options, search for NW3 3HY on Blue Badge London's Find A Bay.

Alternatively, visitors with disabilities are welcome to call +44 (0) 20 7722 8183 prior to their visit as we may be able to arrange parking on-site.


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Contact details

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3HY, UK
Telephone +44 (0)20 7722 8183