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LAMDA raises the curtain on its new £28.2m centre

The centre has been designed by Níall McLaughlin Architects and enables the local community to have an increased access to the dramatic arts

Posted by Lucinda Reid | June 09, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

LAMDA has opened the doors to its new centre for world-leading drama training. In the company of critically-acclaimed graduates Paterson Joseph and Rory Kinnear, the conservatoire turned a spotlight onto the new theatres and training spaces that are transforming its west London home and ensuring it has the facilities to match its international reputation.

Designed by Níall McLaughlin Architects, LAMDA’s redevelopment gifts two new public performance venues to the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (The Sainsbury Theatre and The Carne Studio Theatre), offering local residents increased access to the dramatic arts. These theatres, along with the new training studios, are also fully digitally enabled – extending LAMDA’s reach and allowing those who cannot physically visit the academy to share in its training and productions.

“The United Kingdom leads the way in conservatoire training, and LAMDA is the trailblazer; an innovator that sets the standards others follow,” said LAMDA Principal Joanna Read. “The industry is stronger for the individuals LAMDA trains; the art form richer for the work our graduates go on to create. Our new facilities will ensure that our students and practitioners continue to shape the future of the dramatic arts.”

With over 14.3 million people attending performances across London’s West End alone in 2016, the dramatic arts are vital to the UK’s creative economy. LAMDA plays a leading role in the continued success of this industry. And with these new facilities, it will remain at the cutting-edge – seeking out and nurturing future generations of actors, directors and technicians. 

LAMDA’s redevelopment was made possible thanks to the generous supporters of its Act Now! Campaign. Launched at the National Theatre in November 2013 with alumnus Benedict Cumberbatch CBE as Patron and former Cabinet Minister, Rt. Hon Shaun Woodward as Chair, it is the most ambitious and successful fundraising campaign in LAMDA’s history.

LAMDA Chairman Shaun Woodward, who led the Act Now! campaign, said: “This has been an amazing four years raising huge amounts of money and building a new future for the school. Our donors’ generosity has been stunning. And we’ve had incredible support from so many people inspired by the international reputation of LAMDA’s teaching. It’s just been a great success story!” 

Act Now! Patron and LAMDA graduate, Benedict Cumberbatch CBE aded: “This new building is more than just bricks and mortar; it is a testament to our collective belief in the vitality of LAMDA.” 

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