The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
We are now back at 62-64 Gower Street WC1E 6ED
Access to all theatres is in Malet Street
The Studio Theatre
by W. S. Gilbert
Directed by Stephen Hollis
Designed by Janey Gardiner
Tuesday 17 October – Thursday 26 October at 7.45pm
Matinee: Saturday 21 October at 2.30pm

For the opening season of RADA’s new Studio Theatre it seems fitting to begin with one of Beerbohm Tree’s first successes as a young actor. W. S. Gilbert’s neglected comic masterpiece was a forerunner of The
Importance of Being Earnest and was startlingly innovative in its first performance in 1877.

Deeply ironic and free of sentimentality Gilbert reveals the selfishness of human action and the financial advantage of romantic love. Set on the Scottish borders the play satirises the typical nineteenth century rural romance as three young men pursue their amorous prey. Delayed by a train crash sophisticated passengers mingle with simple country folk in the lyrical language which made Gilbert renowned with his composer Arthur Sullivan in the Savoy Operas.

We are happy to welcome back Stephen Hollis, whose production of The Idiot was such a success last year.

Come and see RADA’s new Studio Theatre.

GBS Theatre
Great Catherine
by Bernard Shaw
Directed by Sergei Tcherkasski
Designed by Michael Mokrov
Wednesday 18 October – Friday 27 October at 7.15pm
Matinee: Wednesday 25 October at 2.30pm

To re-open the GBS Theatre the Academy contributes to the fiftieth anniversary of Shaw’s death a revival in collaboration with one of the first drama schools in Europe – the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy. This is a rare opportunity to see one of Shaw’s least performed works. 

The theme of the play is Russia’s great Empress Catherine and the contrast between Russian instinct and English decorum. Shaw makes great comic play between the full hearted and sexually liberated ruler and the inhibited and phlegmatic English visitors.

Cast with actors from RADA and the St. Petersburg Academy, the production will play in Russia and England directed by the distinguished director Sergei Tcherkasski and deploying some of the unique puppetry training of the St. Petersburg Academy. 

Sponsored by British Airways

Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre
Kit's Play
by Howard Brenton
Directed by Roland Rees
Designed by Sue Mayes

Thursday 19 October – Saturday 28 October at 7.30pm
Matinee: Saturday 28 October at 2.30pm

RADA is proud to be mounting as the first production in the new Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre a new play  mmissioned by the Academy with the support of the Arts Council New Writing Scheme. Howard Brenton is acknowledged to be one of the major contemporary English dramatists whose work has been seen at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and major theatres throughout Europe.

The theme is Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare, possibly a spy for Queen Elizabeth’s newly formed secret service, an atheist and gay. Yet by a brilliant twist Brenton has written a scathing and very funny critique of twentieth century “Show Business” which he contrasts with the dark politics of  seventeenth century England. 

A major theatrical event, as the first production in our new proscenium theatre. 

Not to be missed.

GBS Theatre
The Clandestine Marriage
by George Colman and David Garrick
Directed by Peter Oyston
Wednesday 22 November – Friday 1 December at 7.15pm
Matinee: Saturday 25 November at 2.30pm

The greatest actor of his generation, David Garrick was part author of this outrageously funny and brilliantly constructed comedy. Mr Sterling is a city speculator who lives in the suburban countryside with his two  aughters for whom he has high hopes of connecting to the nobility through marriage. The unexpected arrival
of the lecherous Lord Ogleby and his titled nephew, engaged to the eldest daughter, an ambitious climber, throws the whole household into confusion. Things are made worse when all the men begin to switch their attention to the youngest daughter, herself already secretly married to an impoverished tutor.

From this simple mechanism the authors weave a classic tapestry of intrigue and misunderstanding, offering a range of English classic types.

Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre
“Good Luck to All Actors!”
by Hugh Whitemore
Directed by Clifford Williams
Thursday 23 November – Saturday 2 December at 7.30pm
Matinee: Saturday 2 December at 2.30pm

Especially commissioned by the Academy from the distinguished West End playwright and RADA graduate, Hugh Whitemore, from an idea by RADA Council member, former teacher and graduate, Peter Barkworth, this anthology is a celebration of the work of Bernard Shaw, RADA Council member and benefactor. 

In this, the fiftieth anniversary of Shaw’s death, Whitemore has brilliantly assembled scenes from Shaw plays well known and rarely performed, interspersed with the wit, wisdom and insights of a giant of the twentieth  entury.

We hope that each evening some well known former graduates of the Academy will be persuaded to take part as narrators for unique appearances alongside RADA’s current third year students. We are delighted to welcome the distinguished Royal Shakespeare Company and West End director, Clifford Williams, to direct his first show for the Academy
This promises to be a hugely entertaining and original evening.

Don’t miss it!


The London Eye
Royal National Theatre
By William Shakespeare
Directed by John Caird

To celebrate the beginning of an exciting new year at the Academy, we are pleased to offer the Friends of RADA a unique special event – the chance to ride the London Eye before you see the show!

Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of London, from one of the Cities most exhilarating Millennium  xperiences. The flight* will last approximately half an hour, leaving you with time to enjoy a drink on the riverside, before the RNT production of ‘Hamlet’. Simon Russell Beale stars in the title role in Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy. 

Due to the distinctive nature of this event, availability is limited. Tickets for both the eye and the performance are sold as a package at the discounted price of £25** per person for this event on:

Friday 13 October at 5.00pm
At: British Airways 
London Eye Boarding Gate,
Followed by Hamlet at 7pm at:
The Royal National Theatre, Southbank

Tickets available to Friends of RADA, through the Academy Box Office.

* Please note that not all of the Friends may be able to fly in the same pod. You should ensure that your own party arrives in time to be placed in a pod together 

** Most seats are in the stalls. A small number are available in the balcony. 

The discount on both these events has been calculated and split evenly for the purposes of fairness and ease.