North Block Building | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Our new building

The eagerly awaited £16.7 million development on our Swiss Cottage campus includes a state-of-the art building comprising a studio dedicated to film, media and digital work and 5 new high ceiling rehearsal spaces.  These new facilities give Central s great opportunity to provide an outstanding environment for our students, ensuring they have access to cutting edge, modern amenities that will further enhance their training.  The development also houses a new public theatre, cementing the School's reputation as a cultural hub in north London.

Image of new public theatre in North Block Development

What's inside?

  • The new building houses five large, double-height studios including:
    • Performance studio with flexible capacity for use as a galleried theatre
    • Sound studio with facilities that prepare students to work at the highest standards in broadcast, film and new media
    • Movement studio with sprung floors
    • Two fully equipped rehearsal studios
    • Full range of ancillary spaces including new dressing rooms and teaching rooms.

Technical Facilities

Working with our industry partners, the North Block's industry-leading new studio and theatre spaces are equipped with a range of sustainable, LED lighting and professional audio equipment.  It houses state-of-the art digital infrastructure, enabling students to engage with the fast-developing worlds of integrated show-control and both video and audio networking.  In addition, the brand new, acoustically-isolated, two story Sound Stage expands Central's media production capability, providing a facility for students, staff and industry to explore and develop the intersections between digital and live space, and between theatre, dramaturgy, gaming and virtual reality.

Image of stage lighting and theatre production lighting design courses at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Pictured: Final Year Production Lighting student Project 'Design and Craft Exhibition' 2017

Support Us

The North Block, designed by the award-winning team at Tim Ronalds Architects, proves Central with a major increase in rehearsal and performance spaces for students, as well as creating a new asset for the local community. To find out more about the opportunities available and how you can help build Central's future, please contact Sophie Hussey by email ( or on 020 7559 8183.

North Block architectural plans, Credit: Flashforward/Tim Ronalds Architects


We are extremely grateful to the following supporters for their significant contributions towards this important project, and of course to all those supporters who wish to remain anonymous.

  • Atkin Charitable Foundation
  • Ellie Blackford
  • Foyle Foundation
  • Ros and Alan Haigh
  • Friends of George Hall and the late Litz Pisk
  • Professor Gavin Henderson CBE
  • The Beatrice Lillie International College of Comedy and Musical Theatre
  • Gareth Neame Foundation
  • The Estate of Yvette Pienne
  • The Estate of Dr. Walter Ross
  • Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Winship Foundation
  • The Wolfson Foundation

North block image of logos from donors and sponsors