ALRA Acting Schools in London & Manchester

ALRA Open Days

Deciding which drama school will suit you best is a difficult process. Visiting at an Open Day is the best way of finding out how a school operates, its 'feel' and its identity.

Visit as many drama schools as possible so you have a sense of what's out there. Prospectuses and websites are very informative, but there's a lot to be said for gut instinct - come and judge for yourself.

Note down questions and concerns before you come and ask as many different people as you can - students, teachers and administration staff. Bring a friend or family - it's useful to have someone to bounce ideas and opinions off afterwards.

The Question and Answer session after the matinee performance is your chance to meet students in their final year at ALRA – they’re getting ready to launch themselves into the professional world. Find out how ALRA's helped them to reach the stage they have.

If you find that the Open Day you want is sold out, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the waiting list.

If you are interested in Stage Management and Technical Theatre, we will always find room for you at our Open Days. Contact us to let us know and we will add you to the list or arrange a visit on another day. We also offer shadow days and taster sessions for prospective SMTT students.

ALRA Open Days:

Following two fully booked Open Days we may add another in the spring term if there is demand and new dates will be posted here. In the meantime you might wish to book to see one of our productions to see our students in action.

See what's on here.

SMTT Open Day

A chance to meet the SMTT team and learn about the two-year foundation degree course. There will be interactive sessions for prospective students in the SMTT studio. Join us for some practical participation and Q&A sessions. 

Once a year we organise a special SMTT Open Day. Please check back here for dates.

In the meantime, to arrange a visit, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Visitor Accommodation

The Oak Hotel is just across the road from ALRA North, and if you mention ALRA at the time of booking they will offer you a preferential rate.

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We are also linked with the Bellingham Hotel, Wigan for all B&B requirements.  For more details please view their website :



  • I attended the Open Day at ALRA 27th October! Just emailing to say thank you for the day, I learnt a lot about the school and students, I found it very useful talking to the students and was able to ask the questions I needed to.
    The matinee performance was fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought the standard of the performance was brilliant. I felt very welcome to the school and was impressed by what I saw. Again, thank you for the experience and I look forward to applying to ALRA and auditioning for 2011.
    Daisy Morris Open Day Attendee, 27 October 2010
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