LAMDA granted full Degree Awarding Powers

LAMDA in West London
  • Leading drama school will be able to award its own degrees to students from August 2021.
  • The achievement completes LAMDA’s journey towards becoming a fully independent Higher Education provider, building on the academy’s long history and reputation.
  • Sarah Frankcom, Director of LAMDA commented that Degree Awarding Powers “gives us the flexibility to ensure all our training programmes respond to the industry and reflect what drama school training in the 21st century looks like.”

LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art), one of the country’s most prestigious drama schools, today  announced that they have been granted full Degree Awarding Powers. Students joining the academy on its full-time courses this academic year will have their qualifications awarded in LAMDA’s name for the first time.

Since its inception LAMDA has been recognised as a pioneer in its field and is now regarded as one of the world’s leading conservatoires, providing exceptional training to actors, directors and technicians. Graduates of LAMDA have gone on to have enduring and successful careers in the creative industries and beyond, with alumni including Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Wilson and David Oyelowo. Degree Awarding Powers recognises the quality of LAMDA’s training and will build on the drama school’s history and reputation.

Sarah Frankcom, Director of LAMDA said, “Achieving degree awarding powers is an incredibly important milestone for LAMDA as we look to the future and the continued evolution of drama schools.  Our new independence gives us the flexibility to ensure all our training programmes respond to the industry and reflect what drama school training in the 21st century looks like. This has never been more important than now as we see the industry adapting to the challenges and recovery from COVID-19. I’d like to thank the University of Kent, Office for Students and QAA for their support in this transition and we look forward to the opportunities DAP will bring the next generation of LAMDA students.”

LAMDA’s Student Presidents, Evangeline Beaven, Lucy Havard, Gusta Matthews and Saroja-Lily Ratnavel said, “This is such exciting news for LAMDA and future students. We’re all so proud to be a part of this community and such a respected institution, and we’re sure that incoming students will be thrilled to have their degrees awarded by LAMDA itself.”


Degree Awarding Powers marks the culmination of a five-year journey. LAMDA was previously a member of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD) and its degree qualifications were awarded by the University of Kent. LAMDA gained independence from the CDD in August 2018 after becoming the first institution to register as a Higher Education Provider with the Office for Students (OfS). In December 2018 LAMDA formally applied to OfS for full Degree Awarding Powers and underwent a lengthy period of rigorous scrutiny carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), culminating in a report completed in April 2020.  LAMDA is now one of the first institutions to be given full Degree Awarding Powers under the new system.
In order to be granted full Degree Awarding Powers, a provider must demonstrate that it is a self-critical, cohesive academic community with a proven commitment to the assurance of standards supported by effective quality systems.  All the underpinning criteria must also be fully met, so the QAA scrutiny covered academic governance; regulatory frameworks; academic standards; the quality of the academic experience; staff scholarship and pedagogical effectiveness; the environment for supporting students and an evaluation of performance.

YOUNG VIC: Ruth Wilson to star in the UK Premiere of The Second Woman, a co-production with LIFT Festival

The Second Woman

One woman. 100 men. 24 hours.

The Young Vic and LIFT Festival today announced that two-time Olivier award-winner, Golden Globe winner, and Tony and BAFTA nominated actress Ruth Wilson will star in the UK Premiere of The Second Woman. Nat Randall and Anna Breckon’s internationally acclaimed show sits at the intersection of performance, video and film, as 100 different men are invited to appear opposite Ruth Wilson as ‘Virginia’ who performs the exact same scene again and again, for a full 24 hours. In their first collaboration since 2014, this Young Vic and LIFT co-production brings an exciting new version of this internationally acclaimed epic feat of endurance theatre and live cinema to London as part of LIFT 2020.

The Second Woman takes inspiration from the 1977 John Cassavetes film Opening Night. An all-female-identifying and non-binary team capture and mix the action live from multiple cameras, in a piece of extraordinary theatre that shines a light on the nature of gender and power relationships. The Second Woman will begin at 4pm on Friday 19 June, and conclude at 4pm on Saturday 20 June.

‘24 hour’ tickets and ‘Advanced Timed’ tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow, Tuesday 10 March, at 3pm GMT. ‘On The Door’ tickets will be available to buy in person from the Young Vic Box Office throughout the 24-hour performance duration. For more information on tickets, please click here.

Ruth Wilson said, “I am absolutely thrilled, and a little scared to be part of Nat Randall and Anna Breckon’s truly unique theatrical experience. I have a feeling that The Second Woman will challenge all norms of what it means to be actor and audience, to be performer and observer. And what better place to be breaking the mould, than at the Young Vic, in association with LIFT Festival. Please come share this weird and wonderful journey with me.”

The Second Woman is Created by Nat Randall and Anna Breckon, with Script and Direction by Anna Breckon and Nat Randall, Video Design by EO Gill and Anna Breckon, Lighting Design by Amber Silk and Kayla Burrett, Sound Design by Nina Buchanan, Set Design by FUTURE METHOD STUDIO, Original Hair and Makeup Design by Sophie Roberts and Produced with Fenn Gordon for Tandem.

The Second Woman is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and originally supported by Next Wave 2016.


YV: IDemystify


In partnership with LIFT

Nat Randall, Anna Breckon & Malik Nashad Sharpe

Young Vic Theatre, 4 June

Artists are invited to take a look at making work for theatre festivals in this event presented by YV:IDemystify, in partnership with LIFT. Nat Randall, Anna Breckon and Malik Nashad Sharpe will address how creators of work respond to festival contexts, how shows are proposed and developed within these, how originators of work interact with the curated nature of festivals, and how they may subsequently take their work further.

This event is part of the YV:IDemystify series of free events for theatre makers to promote the sharing of best practice models, help open up new pathways in the industry and aid people in navigating their creative journeys.



The Second Woman
Main House, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
19 June, 4pm – 20 June, 4pm
Tickets: £15, £25 and £45

YV: IDemystify – Festivals as a Pathway for Creating New Work.

In partnership with LIFT
Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
4 June, 4 PM
Tickets: FREE, booking essential

Rafe Spall joins the cast of “Hedda Gabler” alongside Kyle Soller and with Ruth Wilson in the title role

Rafe Spall joins the cast of “Hedda Gabler” alongside Kyle Soller and with Ruth Wilson in the title role.

Tickets go on public sale today for the National Theatre’s September – February season.

Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s most exciting directors, makes his National Theatre debut with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.  Hedda Gabler previews from 5 December in the Lyttelton Theatre.  Press night is 12 December.  The production will continue in repertoire with additional performances to be announced.

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler © Lea Nielson

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

In this vital new version by Patrick Marber (Three Days in the CountryThe Red Lion), Ruth Wilson (LutherThe Affair) returns to the NT to play the title role alongside a cast which includes Rafe Spall (Constellations) Chukwudi Iwuji, currently playing Hamlet for the Public Theater in New York, Kate Duchêne, Éva Magyar, Sinéad Matthews and Kyle Soller, who is currently appearing as Francis in the BBC’s Poldark.   The production will have set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons.

Hedda Gabler will be broadcast by NT Live to cinemas around the world on 9 March with encore performances from 23 March.

Hedda Gabler is supported by the Williams Charitable Trust.

The National Theatre Live line up – No Man’s Land, Saint Joan and Hedda Gabler

Following a celebrated run on Broadway and a UK tour, No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter, with Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will be broadcast from Wyndham’s Theatre on 15 December.  Produced by Playful Productions.

Josie Rourke’s production of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, with Gemma Arterton, will be broadcast from the Donmar Warehouse on 16 February.

Ivo van Hove’s production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Patrick Marber, and with Ruth Wilson in the title role, will be broadcast from the NT on 9 March.

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