London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

MA Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre




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.

Alumni include Dana Ivey (The Help) and Stacy Keach (Prison Break).

Please use the button below to start your application. As we only audition for this course in the UK, Europe and North America, please begin your application by choosing where you would like to audition.

Please note that as we have a new online application system, any users with accounts that were created before 30 September 2016 will need to create new accounts in order to apply online.

London auditions have now closed.

Course Content

Based on a contemporary investigation into Shakespeare’s plays, the course also explores works from the Jacobean, Spanish Golden Age, Restoration and French classical theatre periods. Taking place over four terms, our MA is delivered through a rigorous programme of classwork, scene study and workshop performances. 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, leading to workshop performances which are closed to the public.

In the final term, students perform a public production of a classical text. In addition, there is an internal thesis presentation in which students devise and perform their response to a classical text.
During the course, students visit Stratford-upon-Avon to observe the Royal Shakespeare Company’s work and are encouraged to enhance their training by seeing as much theatre as possible.

Professional Preparation

Agents and casting directors are invited to attend the public production in the UK. Students eligible to work in the USA are able to participate in LAMDA’s industry showcases in New York and Los Angeles in the autumn following graduation. They can also take part in the Next Generation showcase in Ontario, Canada. There are masterclasses with visiting actors, agents, casting directors and other industry professionals throughout the course. Career guidance is provided by LAMDA’s careers team and an independent industry consultant, Sarah Trevis. Students also receive bespoke classes from a US industry expert, who works alongside LAMDA’s own careers team to ensure student re-entry to the industry is as successful as possible.


Applications for the 2017 Fulbright-John Wood LAMDA Award in Classical Acting are now being accepted from international students who wish to start the MA in September 2017. The applicant will receive a full tuition fee waiver from LAMDA, as well as a significant contribution towards general maintenance costs while in the UK. Learn more about the application process.

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. Click here to read more about our audition process.


Applications open on 30 September 2016 and close on 1 March 2017. We cannot accept any application submitted after this deadline.

Online Application

Online application fee for an audition in the UK or EU: £54 by credit or debit card.
Online application fee for an audition in North America or at a non EU venue: £85 by credit or debit card.


Autumn Term: 4 October  to 15 December 2017
Spring Term: 8 January to 30 March 2018
Summer Term: 30 April to 20 July 2018
High Summer Term: 13 August to 21 September 2018


The tuition fee for this course is £20,497.


  1. Fees for each term must be paid in advance and no later than the date specified in the student’s offer letter. Any student who is in arrears with regard to his/her fees will not be able to progress with their training until all outstanding monies owed to LAMDA are paid. Students who have not paid fees in full prior to completing their programme of study will have their degree withheld until such payments are made.
  2. Students, in exceptional circumstances, intending to leave LAMDA must give at least one full term's notice in writing of such intention to the Principal. Students will be liable for fees throughout the notice period (eg. if a student leaves halfway through the autumn term, they are liable for the remainder of the fees for that term and the full fees for the following spring term).  
  3. In the unlikely event that LAMDA is compelled to close due to a force majeure, no fees can be returned nor compensation made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work as a result of circumstances beyond its control.


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 LAMDA Award in Classical Acting and applications are now being accepted from international students who wish to start the MA in September 2017. 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. Learn more about the application process.

Click here for more information on funding your training. 


LAMDA does not have its own student housing. We include advice on finding accommodation in the information pack sent to students on enrolment. Click here for some useful links.


It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for entry to the UK. Click here for more information. 


Students train for a minimum of 35 hours per week and all classes are compulsory.
LAMDA reserves the right to alter the advertised courses and course content.  

“I love LAMDA and I believe in its mission. It did so much for me.”

John Lithgow
LAMDA alumnus