MA Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 22500

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 19900 per year

All study options

About MA Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre at LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art)

Challenging and intense, this four term course is for international actors who wish to develop their craft through an in-depth exploration of the classical canon. Prioritising ensemble work, it will build upon your prior experience and encourage growth through conservatoire training.

Based on a contemporary investigation of Shakespeare’s plays, the course also explores works from the Jacobean, Spanish Golden Age, Restoration and French Classical Theatre periods, culminating in a public production in London.

After completing our MA, students who are eligible to work in the US will also have the opportunity to take part in showcases in New York and Los Angeles.

The course is delivered through a combination of classwork, scene study and workshop performances, which are closed to the public. Classes – including acting, voice, movement, textual analysis and contextual studies, stage combat and historical dance – strengthen students’ existing skills and prepare them for the rehearsal process. Scene study focuses on integrating technical skills with the exploration of language and action.

In the final term, students perform a public production of a classical text in The LAMDA Linbury Studio. Agents and casting directors are invited to attend. In addition, as their thesis presentation, students devise and perform their response to a classical text for an internal audience.

Students attend masterclasses and lectures with visiting actors, agents, casting directors and other industry professionals throughout their course. Those who are eligible to work in the USA can participate in LAMDA’s showcases in New York and Los Angeles in the autumn following graduation.


Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course feesGBP 22500International course feesGBP 19900 per year

Notes about fees for this course

There is no UK government funding available for this course. LAMDA is eligible for the US Federal Direct Loan Program (School code: G21086).

This course is eligible for the Fulbright - John Wood Award in Classical Acting. In the first instance, applications should be made directly to Fulbright Commission. Please note, no letter of affiliation is required from LAMDA to make your application.


Entry requirements

This course is for international students with a BA or BFA degree or equivalent. Students without a first degree must demonstrate a comparable level of knowledge and experience gained in a professional company or at a vocational drama school.

The minimum entry age is 18 but, due to the experience necessary for this course, most incoming students are 21 and over. There is no upper age limit. Applicants must be fluent English speakers.

Admission is by audition and interview.


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