MA Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre

For international actors who wish to deepen and develop their craft through an intensive, practical exploration of classical plays.

Students on this course will discover the work that gave rise to contemporary theatrical practices: the craft of the actor and the actor/audience relationship.

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.

Graduates from this course include John Lithgow (Churchill, The Crown), Dana Ivey (The Help), Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games, Pride and Prejudice) and Stacy Keach (Prison Break).

This full-time, one-year (four terms) course is validated by The University of Kent and runs from 3 October 2018 - 19 September 2019.

Applications are now closed.

Course Content
This intensive MA is delivered through a programme of classwork, scene study and workshop performances, allowing graduates to re-enter the industry after only a 12-month break equipped with enhanced knowledge and a more complete skillset.

This course builds on the student’s prior experience and encourages growth through British conservatoire training, prioritising ensemble work.

Students will work on plays from the Shakespearean, Jacobean, Spanish Golden Age, French classical and Restoration periods. By discovering how classical theatre translates across centuries, cultures and languages students will build an awareness of the historical, political and social context from which these works emerged and their impact on modern theatre.

Classes in craft skills develop and strengthen students’ existing abilities and prepare them for the rehearsal process. These include acting; voice, textual analysis and contextual studies; movement, stage combat and historical dance; and music and singing. Classes are delivered across the year in long modules which focus on integrating language and action, and feed into workshop explorations of classical plays which are closed to the public.

Students are also required to complete a thesis presentation in which they reflect on the relationship between classical training and contemporary theatre practice.

The work culminates in the staging of a Shakespeare production to which agents, casting directors and members of the public are invited.

Professional Preparation
Agents and casting directors are invited to attend public productions. Students eligible to work in the USA are invited to participate in LAMDA’s industry showcases in New York and Los Angeles in the autumn following graduation. Eligible students can also take part in the Next Generation showcase in Ontario, Canada.

Throughout their training students have access to the support and guidance of LAMDA's Careers Team and attend masterclasses with visiting industry professionals. Those eligible to work in the US also receive bespoke classes from a US industry expert, who works alongside our team to ensure student re-entry into the industry is as successful as possible.

2018 Fulbright - John Wood LAMDA Award
Funding for this course is available through the Fulbright-John Wood LAMDA Award, which includes a full tuition fee waiver and a contribution towards maintence costs. Applications for the 2018-19 Award are now closed. Applications for the 2019-2020 Award will open in 2018 on the Fulbright website, where you can also learn more about the application process.

Term Dates and Fees for 2018/19
Autumn Term: 3 October to 14 December 2018
Spring Term: 7 January to 29 March 2019*
Summer Term: 29 April to 19 July 2019
High Summer Term: 12 August to 19 September 2019
*Optional Fight exam will affect these dates

For UK/EU students: £22,500
For Non-UK and EU students: £22,500

Term Dates and Fees for 2017/18
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.

Note: 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.

Entry Criteria
This course is for international students. 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. Admission is by audition and interview.This course is for international students with a BA or BFA degree or equivalent, or a comparable level of knowledge and experience gained in a professional company or at a vocational drama school. 

 Applicants must be fluent English speakers or, in the case of non-native speakers, be able to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven.

Find out more about our Audition Process.

You can apply online, directly through this course page. Applications opened on 2 October 2017 and closed on 1 March 2018.

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.

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. Applications are now closed for programmes starting in 2018. Applications for 2019/2020 open in April 2018. Learn more about the application process.

Find out 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. Find out more information on Housing.

Visas and Immigration
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for entry to the UK. Find out more information on Visas and Immigration.

Students train for a minimum of 35 hours per week and all classes are compulsory.

LAMDA's terms and conditions and our admissions policy are all set out on our Policies & Procedures page.