Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

RADA Schools Tour

To bring live Shakespeare performances and preparatory workshops to secondary schools in disadvantaged areas of London

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011


Registered Charity in England and Wales (312819)

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  • The benefits are immense to our students. It gives them the opportunity to witness disciplined actors at work at the pinnacle of their training

    — Teacher, Dagenham Park Church of England School

  • Shakespeare’s plays are understood in a way often teaching cannot provide as effectively

    — Teacher, Coombe Boys School, New Malden

  • It is really exciting for the students to see live performances when they would not normally receive the opportunity.

    — Teacher, Woolwich Polytechnic School, Thamesmead


The project aims to give young people from disadvantaged areas of London the opportunity to experience live theatre, either by bringing theatre into the school environment, or by bringing young people into the theatre environment at RADA itself. Schools are targeted on the basis that they do not normally have access to live theatre events due to their location, financial situation or resources.


RADA’s 2nd year BA Acting Course students will form the Schools Tour acting company, presenting three 90-minute versions of Shakespeare plays aimed at 14-18 year olds. The plays fit in with National Curriculum Key Stage 4 requirements in English for reading, speaking and listening.