An Evening with Sir David Suchet CBE
On 21 September we were delighted to host an evening at LAMDA to acknowledge the special and enduring relationship between distinguished graduate Sir David Suchet CBE and his alma mater.
The event brought together Sir David and his wife, Lady Suchet, with members of LAMDA's Board of Trustees, members of staff, led by Principal & CEO Professor Mark O’Thomas, supporters, alumni and current students.
The evening began with a relaxed presentation in The Sainsbury Theatre, where LAMDA's Screen & Audio Department presented work from their latest portfolio of screen and audio broadcast projects, followed by staff and participating students reflecting on the creative process. Sir David also provided valuable insights learned over his long and distinguished career in stage, screen and audio media to an attentive audience.
Sir David Suchet joined LAMDA in the 1960s as an aspiring student actor and later became a visiting mentor, Vice-President and longstanding scholarship supporter. He is a great ambassador for LAMDA and its mission to foster exceptional talent through world-leading performing arts training.
The evening ended with the unveiling of a bronze sculpture of Sir David, created by the Melbourne-based artist Julie Edgar and generously gifted to LAMDA. We were delighted to welcome Julie to London to thank her for her thoughtful donation and to enjoy the unveiling in person. A heartfelt speech by our Chairman, The Rt Hon Shaun Woodward, eloquently captured how important Sir David is to the LAMDA family.
Now, Sir David's presence is permanently settled at LAMDA's home in Hammersmith. As the actor remarked at the event, he will maintain an even closer eye on our development from now on!
We thank Sir David and Lady Suchet for their remarkable generosity and warm support of LAMDA over the years, which continues to be a great source of inspiration to staff, supporters, students and alumni alike.