Welcome to Central | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Welcome to Central

Why you should consider studying at Central, from our creative buzz, ethos of discovery and culturally diverse student body to our high profile alumni, state-of-the-art facilities and London location

Why Central - at Central we put your future career at the heart of everything we do

At Central we put your future career at the heart of everything we do, and when you leave, you’ll be a specialist in your subject – with the preparation you’ll need to get work in a fast-moving performing arts industry.

Who We Are

We’re a specialist college for the performing arts and offer everything from evening courses, diplomas and summer schools to undergraduate degrees, MA/MFAs, and research programmes. Our areas of specialism cover performance (acting, voice, movement), creative, design and production (theatre practice) and applied theatre. Take a look at our undergraduate degrees and apply before the UCAS deadline of 15th January 2018.

The Buzz

The building is a hive of activity and constantly buzzing with creativity. Students cluster on the steps and in the atrium rehearsing lines, or discussing projects; and you can almost always hear the sound of music practice coming from somewhere. It’s best to book onto an open day to see us in full flow.

What next?

Have a look at the degrees we offer: from creative, design and production to drama, applied theatre and acting. 

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Apply before the UCAS deadline of 15th January to be considered for entry in 2018!


Notable Graduates

You’ll probably have heard of, or seen our alumni on or off stage. Central graduates are starring in and producing television, theatre, films and festivals all around the world, from theatre producer Sonia Friedman, award-winning sound designer Gareth Fry and War Horse puppeteer Toby Olié to James Bond's Dame Judi Dench, Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington and Spiderman's Andrew Garfield.


Our London location

We’re in a great position in London: we’re directly opposite Hampstead Theatre, a short walk from some of London’s iconic parks (Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill), and only 3 tube stops away from Central London (for the West End Theatre district, shopping and nightlife).