LAMDA students awarded Laurence Olivier Bursaries

LAMDA students Samuel Adebayo and Samuel Stafford were among the few recipients of this year’s Laurence Olivier Bursaries.

Established by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) in 1987 to mark the 80th birthday of Lord Olivier, the Laurence Olivier Bursaries aim to provide financial support to exceptional students entering their final year of drama school, and facing financial difficulties which might jeopardize their studies. This year sixteen drama school students from across the UK have been awarded £72,500 worth of bursaries

Nominees for the bursaries were auditioned in West End theatre, St Martin’s Theatre and interviewed by a panel of theatre industry professionals, led by West End producer and Chair of the Laurence Olivier Bursaries Committee, Lee Menzies.

Lee Menzies, Chair of the Olivier Bursaries Committee, said:

‘Each year we are astounded by the talent and dedication of the bursary recipients – individuals who, despite financial hardship, are pushing forward to realize their potential. Many have made sacrifices to continue their studies, and without assistance we risk losing gifted performers to other industries. Drama courses require a huge amount of hard work; these bursaries give performers the freedom to focus on their studies without financial pressure. We are grateful to our partners and donors, and I urge the industry to help us secure the future of UK theatre – by supporting schemes like this, and also by continuing to make theatre tickets financially accessible to students, allowing the next generation of acting talent to be inspired by our world-class stages.’

Congratulations to Samuel Adebayo and Samuel Stafford!

Published 1 October 2018