London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
The main entrance to LAMDA
|Affiliations||Conservatoire of Dance and Drama|
LAMDA's president is Timothy West and its Principal is Joanna Read (who succeeded Peter James in 2010). In recent years, over 98% of LAMDA's stage management and technical theatre graduates have found work in their chosen field within weeks of graduation and the Academy's graduates work regularly at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Globe, London's West End and Hollywood as well as on the BBC, HBO and Broadway. It is registered as a company under the name LAMDA Ltd and as a charity under its trading name London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. There is an associate organisation in America under the name LAMDA in America, Inc., previously known as The American Friends of LAMDA.
LAMDA examinations in the fields of speech, drama, communication and performance taken by external students are recognised by Ofqual, the regulator in England and its counterparts in Wales and Northern Ireland. LAMDA accredited examinations at Level 3 or above are recognised within the UCAS Tariff system.
As an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, LAMDA receives funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This means that eligible UK/EU students are able to access loans to assist with their tuition fees and maintenance costs. In addition, LAMDA and the Conservatoire have a range of scholarships and bursaries available.
The London Academy of Music was founded by Henry Wylde in 1861; this makes the Academy the oldest of its kind in Britain. Providing training for, and examinations in, various musical disciplines was originally the dominant purpose of the institution. However, providing instruction in spoken English quickly became a core area of the Academy’s work.
In the 1880s, LAMDA began offering speech examinations to the public. Since then, these examinations have been refined and developed into a comprehensive system of performance evaluation. LAMDA Examinations has emerged as the largest Speech and Drama Board in the United Kingdom.
In 1904, the school was amalgamated with several other London music institutions that had sprung up since the academy was founded, namely the London Music School (founded 1865), the Forest Gate College of Music (founded 1885), and the Metropolitan College of Music (founded 1889). Later the Hampstead Academy was also amalgamated. The name was changed to the current name in 1935, under the direction of Wilfrid Foulis. In 1939, it was moved from London due to the war; when it reopened in 1945, it no longer provided musical training.
The past few years have witnessed important growth for the Academy. A move to a larger and more visible home on the Talgarth Road in West London has enabled LAMDA to further develop the campus and training facilities for its students. Furthermore, in June 2004, the Academy became an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.
Boards & Honorary Fellows
Board of Trustees
- President: Timothy West CBE FRSA
- Vice-President: Dame Janet Suzman DBE
- Chairman: Shaun Woodward
- Other Board members: Matt Applewhite, Olga Basirov, Hugh Bullock, James Cane, Philip Carne, Mark Cornell, Kevin Fitzmaurice, Paul Gismondi, Anthony Gordon Lennox, Sarah Habberfield, Patricia Hodge, Richard Johnston, Robert Noble, Timothy Oakley, Sir Peter Scott.
- Anna Calder-Marshall
- Brian Cox CBE
- Nichola McAuliffe
- Sam Mendes CBE
- Michael Oliver
- Simone Reynolds
- Sir Donald Sinden CBE FRSA
- David Suchet CBE
- Brian Tilston LLAM (Hons)
- Dame Harriet Walter DBE
- Matthew Warchus
- Michael White
- Edward Akrout – (The Hollow Crown, The Borgias)
- Angélica Aragón - (A Walk in the Clouds, Bella)
- Richard Armitage – (The Hobbit, Hannibal)
- Colin Baker – (Doctor Who, The Brothers)
- Jim Broadbent – (Iris, Hot Fuzz)
- Kim Cattrall – (Sex and the City, Big Trouble in Little China)
- Sam Claflin – (The Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman)
- Dominic Cooper – (Mamma Mia!, Captain America: The First Avenger)
- Brian Cox – (Troy, The Bourne Identity)
- Benedict Cumberbatch – (Sherlock, The Imitation Game)
- James D’Arcy – (Agent Carter, Cloud Atlas), W.E. (film)
- Chiwetel Ejiofor – (12 Years a Slave, Children of Men)
- Jason Flemyng – (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Snatch)
- Tony Goldwyn – (Scandal, Ghost)
- Ginnifer Goodwin – (Once Upon a Time, Big Love)
- Richard Harris – (This Sporting Life, Harry Potter)
- Anthony Head – (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin)
- Edward Herrmann – (Gilmore Girls, The Lost Boys)
- William Hootkins – (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Batman)
- Željko Ivanek – (Argo, Damages)
- Jeffrey Jones – (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Beetlejuice)
- Stacy Keach – (American History X, Prison Break)
- Rory Kinnear – (James Bond, Penny Dreadful)
- Rose Leslie – (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey)
- John Lithgow – (3rd Rock from the Sun, Terms of Endearment)
- Malcolm McDowell – (A Clockwork Orange, Halloween)
- Natascha McElhone – (The Truman Show, Californication)
- Michael Malarkey - (The Vampire Diaries)
- Stephen Moyer – (True Blood, 88 Minutes)
- David Oyelowo – (Selma, Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
- Jemma Redgrave - (Doctor Who, Howards End)
- Iwan Rheon - (Misfits, Game of Thrones)
- Alexander Siddig – (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Game of Thrones)
- Meaghan Martin - (10 Things I Hate about You, Camp Rock)
- Donald Sutherland – (M*A*S*H, JFK)
- Luke Treadaway – (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (play), Unbroken, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding)
- Ruth Wilson – (Luther, Saving Mr. Banks)
- Haluk Bilginer – (Winter Sleep, The International)
- Philip Winchester – (Camelot, Strike Back)
- "Press Office" (PDF).
- "Lamda Ltd".
- London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, charitiesdirect.com
- "What's On - LAMDA".
- Bernarr Rainbow & Anthony Kemp. "London (i), §VIII: Educational institutions, 3. Conservatories". In L. Root, Deane. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. (subscription required)