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LAMDA Act Now! Launch at the National Theatre

Building LAMDA's future

The Deck at The National Theatre

On Wednesday 6 November 2013 LAMDA hosted a reception at the National Theatre to launch Act Now! – a campaign to raise the remaining funds needed to complete their redevelopment project and secure LAMDA’s future. The £18.4m redevelopment has been designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects, who were nominated for the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize.

The reception was attended by Timothy West CBE (LAMDA President), Rt. Hon Shaun Woodward MP (Act Now! Chairman), Luke Rittner (LAMDA Chairman) and LAMDA alumni, as well as other invited friends and supporters. Sir Nicholas Hytner hosted the event and speakers included alumnus Rory Kinnear, Shaun Woodward and LAMDA Principal Joanna Read. Together they updated guests on the success of the redevelopment project to date and outline LAMDA’s plans for the next few years, including details of the new facilities.

LAMDA alumni include David Suchet CBE, Dominic Cooper, Ruth Wilson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor OBE, Dame Harriet Walter DBE, Ruth Wilson, Maureen Lipman CBE, Kim Cattrall, Harry and Luke Treadaway and Donald Sutherland. This summer LAMDA was ranked 5th in the Hollywood Reporter’s 2013 list of Top 25 Drama Schools in the World, which is higher than any other drama school outside the US.

LAMDA is the oldest drama school in the UK. Founded in 1861 as the London Academy of Music, the Academy was the first institution to offer acting, defining LAMDA’s role as a leader in its field. Recent visiting directors, lecturers and writers at LAMDA include alumna Dame Janet Suzman, Rachel Kavanaugh, Mike Leigh, Terry Johnson, James Dacre, April De Angelis and Ella Hickson. As well as delivering vocational drama training, LAMDA is also a statutory awarding organisation – offering a performance and communications-based syllabus leading to accredited and non-accredited awards in the UK and worldwide. Annually over 90,000 students from over 30 countries worldwide sit LAMDA examinations.

“I am thrilled to see LAMDA preparing for the future with confidence and astuteness. I am also enough of a realist to appreciate that, should we fail to seize this opportunity, London will lose a vital artistic resource that nourishes the global performing arts industry, contributes to our economy and enriches our cultural life.” Benedict Cumberbatch, Act Now! Patron and LAMDA alumnus, Class of 2000

“You never forget great teachers; our lives are changed by them.”

Dame Janet Suzman, LAMDA Vice-President and 1962 alumna

“LAMDA is producing the next generation of actors and technicians. If the UK wants to continue to be a country at the forefront of artistic excellence, then we need to dig deep and offer our support.”

Samuel Barnett, 2001 alumnus

“44 years on and I am still using LAMDA’s teaching.”

David Suchet CBE, LAMDA Vice-President and 1969 alumnus

Wednesday 6 October 2013

7 November 2013