The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is the University of London’s drama conservatoire. Whether you come primarily to train or to study, you will be part of a distinctively energetic learning environment, where the practical intensity of conservatoire training, and the innovation and enquiry of a university meet. As a ‘single faculty’ college, Central offers the most extensive range of specialist expertise and the broadest portfolio of drama, theatre and performance-related degree programmes available anywhere in Europe

Why study with us?

Central has for many years been regarded as one of the top drama training institutions for those who are interested in working in the theatre-related industries.

With an extensive network of visiting professionals and national and international companies who provide placement opportunities for students, Central’s learning environment extends well beyond its north London campus and into the professional industries it serves. There are a wide variety of placements undertaken by students at Central, with an ever-growing number of partnership organisations, and many of our students get their first professional jobs through contacts that they have made during their studies.

Central students benefit from our relatively small size. A student body of around 1043 (40% postgraduate and 60% undergraduate) means that you have the advantage of a university education with the friendliness of a small institution. Located in Swiss Cottage, a leafy part of north London within the borough of Camden, it is at the hub of a vibrant local community of arts organisations that includes Hampstead Theatre and the Roundhouse.

The School’s facilities include a 234-seat proscenium arch theatre, performance studios, movement studios, rehearsal studios, music practice rooms, design studios, video editing suites, object and puppetry studio, media laboratory, sound recording studio, props and scenic construction workshops, wardrobe facilities, and specialised performing arts library and archival resources.

Alumni include Andrew Garfield; Catherine Tate; Nick Payne; Peggy Ashcroft; Gael García Bernal; Dame Judi Dench; Dawn French; Jennifer Saunders; Michael Grandage; Cameron Mackintosh; Cicely Berry; Harold Pinter; Rufus Sewell; Vanessa Redgrave; and Laurence Olivier.

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Contact Office

Admissions & Student Recruitment Office
Embassy Theatre
Eton Avenue
London NW3 3HY


+44 (0) 20 7722 8183
+44 (0) 20 7559 3901


+44 (0) 20 7722 4132



Number of students

Undergraduate 653
Postgraduate 390
No. of International students 155 (Overseas fees)

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