ALRA Acting Schools in London & Manchester

Frequently Asked Questions | ALRA Drama Schools

Applying And Audition

  • Where is ALRA? +

    ALRA has two campuses, click for information about ALRA North, and here for information about ALRA South.

  • Is ALRA accredited? +

    Yes. Both the Three Year Acting course and Postgraduate Acting course are accredited by DramaUK. Graduates of either course receive Equity membership as standard.

  • Can I reschedule my audition? +

    If you are unable to attend your allocated audition date, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible to reschedule. Similarly, if you accept your date and are subsequently unable to attend, contact the Registrar. Your audition can be rearranged, if possible, but only if you notify ALRA in good time.

  • How many students do you take? And how many audition? +

    For the Three Year Acting course, the maximum intake is 32 students at ALRA South, and 32 students at ALRA North.
 For the Postgraduate Acting course, the maximum intake is 16 students at ALRA South, and 16 students at ALRA North. For the Stage Management & Technical Theatre Foundation Degree and the Foundation Acting course, the maximum intake is 15 students.
 We see around 10 applicants for every place, on each course.

  • Do you have Open Days? How do I book? +

    ALRA holds Open Days in the Autumn and Spring terms for people interested in taking a closer look at what we do here. Click here for full details and dates of our next Open Days.

How can I order a prospectus? +

    Prospectuses are available by contacting Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (don't forget to include your address), or by telephoning on 020 8870 6475. If you'd like to save some paper, the prospectus is also available to download here.

  • How do I apply? +

    Applicants for all courses can apply online.

  • When can I apply? +

    Applications are accepted for full-time Acting courses from 1st September until the 20th May for MA, 25th March for 3yr. Acting courses are not available as part of the Clearing system.
 Stage Management & Technical Theatre applications are accepted from 1st September, up to and including Clearing. Applications for the Foundation Acting course can be submitted from 1st January onwards.

  • Can I defer my application / my place? +

    No. Applications must be submitted in the entry cycle immediately prior to the year of entry.
  • Can I transfer into the 2nd or 3rd year of the Three Year Acting course? +

    No. it is not possible to join the Three Year Acting course at any stage after the first term of the 1st Year. All candidates must be seen at audition and complete their whole training at ALRA.

  • What do you require for audition? +

    Please click for full Audition Guidelines.

  • When are your auditions? +

    Auditions for full-time Acting courses take place at both campuses from October through until May, normally in the half-terms and holiday periods. We also audition once a year usually in Manchester, Edinburgh, and Bristol during February and March. This year's dates are available to view as part of the online application process. Foundation Acting auditions take place at both campuses from May onwards.

  • Can I send you an audition tape/DVD? +

    For international applications work can be viewed online and an indicative result given to save on travel expenses where we are sure an auditionee has not reached the standard. Applicants will then be invited to attend in the usual manner. Attendance at a scheduled audition/interview is the only route of entry to ALRA courses.

  • Can I get feedback? +

    We audition more than 1000 applicants a year. Due to the large numbers of candidates applying, we regret that we are unable to provide individual feedback. Where possible and time allows we give some group feedback. The decision of the school is final.
  • What qualifications do you offer? +

    The Three Year Acting course leads to: 

    • BA (Hons) Acting (awarded by St Mary’s University Twickenham)
    • Level 6 Diploma in Professional Acting (awarded by Trinity College, London)

    The Postgraduate Acting course leads to:

    • MA Professional Acting (awarded by St Mary’s University Twickenham)
    • Level 5 Diploma in Professional Acting (awarded by Trinity College, London)

    The Stage Management course leads to:

    • Foundation Degree in Stage Management & Technical Theatre (awarded by St Mary’s University Twickenham)
What is the average age of an ALRA student? +

    This varies. There is no upper age limit on any ALRA course; students are accepted on the basis of ability, irrespective of age. Students on the Three Year Acting course are commonly between 18 and 25, but it is not unusual for students of 30+ to begin the course. On the Postgraduate Acting course, students must be 21 or over, but applications are regularly received from students in their 40s and older. The Stage Management & Technical Theatre course normally attracts 18 year olds, but often students come to the course seeking a career change, or looking for a qualification having already worked in the industry for a few years.
  • What are the hours? +

    Studying on a full-time course at ALRA means studying from 8.45am -6pm Monday to Friday, regardless of which course you are on. 1st Year Acting students begin at 8:45am and Stage Management & Technical Theatre students are expected to stay for evening work during tech and performance weeks of the public productions (at least twice a term). Foundation Acting classes take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9pm, and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.

  • Do you have part-time courses? +

    Yes. The Foundation Acting course is part-time, two evenings and a Saturday each week. In addition, ALRA regularly run short courses in a variety of subjects. Check the 'Short Courses & Workshops' page for further information.

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Fees & Finance

  • How much are the fees? +

    Please visit the "Fees" section of the website for further details.

  • Is there funding available? +

    Yes. Both the full-time Acting courses are part-funded by the Dance and Drama Award (DaDA) scheme. Tuition fees are reduced to £1,275 per year for the students who show the most potential at audition. The school’s allocation of awards is reassessed annually, but has been in the region of 20 for the last several years on the Three Year Acting course, and five on the Postgraduate Acting course. DaDA recipients are also eligible to apply for assistance with their remaining fees and living expenses. 
Full details can be found in the 'Fees' section of the website.

  • Can I get a Student Loan? +

    For details of whether you may be eligible for a Student Loan, please go to the 'Fees' page of our website.

  • Can I pay by credit card? +

    We are able to accept credit card payment over the phone. Please ring the London office and ask for the Finance Officer. ALRA also accepts cheques, bankers' drafts and direct bank transfers.

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  • Is there accommodation? +

    No. Students at ALRA live in privately-rented accommodation in the surrounding area. We do arrange an Accommodation Day for the summer before you start with us, where First Years can meet each other and team up to look for houses together.
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  • How do I book for shows? +

    Complete the Show booking form or telephone on 020 8870 6475 to reserve your seats.
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Working at ALRA

  • Can I teach at ALRA? +

    Submissions for teaching work should be addressed to Adrian Hall at the postal address, or marked for his attention at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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  • Can I hire Studio Spaces? +

    Requests for hire of Studio Spaces are dealt with by the Office Administrator. E-mail your query to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or telephone on 020 8870 6475.
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