Acting - Classical
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Key Course Facts
MA Acting Classical at Central is a creatively, physically and intellectually demanding, advanced-level conservatoire acting programme. It is designed primarily for students with previous training or performance experience who wish to focus intensively on plays from the European classical repertoire.
Perform in two professionally supported public productions and an industry showcase Hone the individual technical craft of the actor, and release your collaborative and imaginative creativity within a small and diverse ensemble company (typically 14-16 students) Learn through practical group classes in acting, movement, voice and stage combat; seminars on theatre history, dramatic theory and research skills; and individual tutorials and feedback panels. The Classical training follows the development of the theatrical art from its earliest ritual and political roots to the birth of psychological naturalism:
Greek Tragedy, Chorus and the Mask
Clowning and Commedia dell’arte
Shakespeare and early modern English drama
Stanislavsky, the Method, Realism and Expressionism.
The structure of the course draws on the hugely influential theories of the great French acting teacher Michel Saint-Denis, training the expressive body, voice and imagination. Methodologies are drawn from a range of European and other theatrical thinkers: from Stanislavsky and his inheritors Vakhtangov, Demidov, Adler, Hagen, Meisner and Strasberg; from the physical theatre, improvisation and mask work of Lecoq and Johnstone; from the psycho-physical expressionism of Laban and Meyerhold; from the post-Brechtian and post-Grotowskian experimental traditions; and from radical contemporary dramaturgical practices. Working with some of the greatest dramatic texts ever written, you are asked to consider what they mean now, and how their 21st century reinterpretation and re-imagining still holds a ‘mirror up to nature’.
You are encouraged to understand the demands of both art and craft as participants in the European theatrical tradition; and to envision the recreation and reimagining of that tradition for the future. The course rests on three structural pillars, three key moments of dramatic innovation and social transition, encountered in chronological order: Greek theatre, early modern English theatre, and 19th/20th century Russian and European theatre.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Acting - Classical, MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
Applicants will normally have either undertaken conservatoire training, have professional acting experience, or have a degree in the broad field of performance and drama studies. Students from other disciplines may be considered if you have sufficient experience of theatre. An offer will normally only be made after audition and interview, and you may also be required to take part in a short practical workshop and/or submit a short piece of written work.
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
About Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a member of Conservatoires UK, located in the Swiss Cottage area in the city of London. Prospective students can expect to find professional drama and music facilities, as well as faculty members with extensive experience working in their respective fields. The city of London is known for being expensive to live in, but also for the opportunities that it provides socially and academically.
Student composition of Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Acting MA (PG)||Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts||-||-||-||£13800||£17200||-||Liverpool||On campus Full-time|
|MA Acting for Stage, Screen and Radio MA||Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama||-||-||-||£12096||£23811||-||Cardiff||On campus Full-time|
|MFA Acting Classical and Contemporary Text MFA (PG)||Royal Conservatoire of Scotland||-||-||-||£19086||£29970||-||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|Screen Acting MA||University of Chichester||-||-||-||£7900||£14300||-||Chichester||On campus Full-time|
|MA Acting Classical and Contemporary Text MA (PG)||Royal Conservatoire of Scotland||-||-||-||£14316||£22476||-||Glasgow||On campus Full-time|
|MA Screen Acting MA||Conservatoire for Dance and Drama||-||-||-||£11400||£25500||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|Actor and Performer Training MFA (PG)||Rose Bruford College||-||-||-||£23500||£25000||-||Sidcup||On campus Full-time|
|Acting MA||University of Essex||-||-||-||£15930||-||-||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|MFA Acting MFA (PG)||Conservatoire for Dance and Drama||-||-||-||-||£26510||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors (Online Learning) MSc||The University of Edinburgh||-||-||-||-||-||-||Edinburgh||On campus Part-time|