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A core element of our professional acting training is the art of stage combat. Housing a fully equipped armoury of high-quality, historically accurate weaponry at LAMDA provides a vital resource for our students – enabling them to develop their skills in a safe and expert manner.
Actors including Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Toby Stephens (Jane Eyre), Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), David Oyelowo (Spooks) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) all won awards for combat while at LAMDA and have gone on to use these skills extensively on stage and screen.
The provision of stage combat training is one area in which private support can make a real difference. Specialist weaponry is neither commonly available nor cheap to purchase. In addition, with approximately 200 students using LAMDA’s armoury each year, our weapons are subject to severe wear and tear, and need replacing often – some on an annual basis.