• STUD - Written and directed by Paloma Oakenfold

    STUD - staged at ALRA South in aid of Glad's House on 26th April at 7.30pm

  • Audition Fees for Drama School Addressing the barriers to conservatoire training in the UK

    Addressing the barriers to conservatoire training in the UK

  • Interview with Dominic Burgess

    Interview with Raj Bajaj

    Raj Bajaj is an ALRA graduate who has enjoyed a widely diverse career having worked on stage Read More
  • Dr Scroggy’s War

    Dr Scroggy’s War

    A heart-hitting play about the pioneering work of Dr Harold Gillies Read More
  • Game

    Game

    Struggling to find a home in an expensive housing market, a young couple sign up for a unique scheme which provides affordable housing. Read More
  • Growth by Luke Norris

    Growth by Luke Norris

    Tobes has a problem. Something is cramping his style and he needs to get rid of it. Read More
  • ALRA Launches MA Directing Course in 2018

    ALRA Launches MA Directing Course in 2018

  • ALRA met Dominic Burgess

    ALRA met Dominic Burgess

    Get the latest from our alumni Read More
  • Benjamin McMahon and Elena Valentine in The Play That Goes Wrong UK Tour

    Benjamin McMahon and Elena Valentine in The Play That Goes Wrong UK Tour

  • Rick Astley visits ALRA South for an Enrichment Session

    Rick Astley visits ALRA South for an Enrichment Session

  • ALRA offers scholarships under a new partner initiative with The John Godber Company

    ALRA scholarships from partnership initiative with John Godber Company

  • Audition Tips: FAQs to do a good job at our drama school audition

    Audition Preparation

    ALRA’s Principal, Adrian Hall and North Course Leader, Chris Hill answer some FAQ’s Read More
  • Interview with Gaby French  on the Hangmen

    Gaby French Interview

    Gaby is Shirley in the Broadway transfer of Hangmen Read More
  • Yellow Earth Academy 2018

    Yellow Earth Academy 2018

    @ ALRA South 16th to 27th July Read More
  • Ola Orebiyi in Feature Film REPROBATE

    Ola Orebiyi in Feature Film REPROBATE

  • Abbie Andrews interview

    ALRA met Abbie Andrews

    to talk of her first project and about radio drama Read More
  • Amina Zia Interview

    ALRA met Amina Zia

    to talk of her career and the newly revived series of Porridge Read More
  • Luke Matthews' interview

    Luke Matthews' interview

    Luke shared with us his professional experience on Our Town at The Royal Exchange Read More
  • The Federation of Drama Schools launch

    The Federation of Drama Schools launch

    Following the closure of Drama UK, a new organisation representing UK drama school training has been launched. Read More
  • Amy Walsh in Emmerdale

    Alumna and Emmerdale actress Amy Walsh

    talks to ALRA about her experience in the industry Read More
  • ALRA interviews Megan McCormick

    ALRA interviews Megan McCormick

    We discuss her role in London Fields, Anita and Me and more Read More
  • Tanya Franks talks to ALRA

    Tanya Franks talks to ALRA

    about her role in The Truth, Aux and We Still Steal the Old Way Read More
  • Jim Cartwright

    ALRA partners with Cartwright Higgins Management

    in a bold new initiative Read More
  • “Go to a drama school audition knowing that you really want it” ALRA interviews Denise Gough

    Denise Gough's Interview

    "Go to a drama school audition knowing that you really want it" Read More
  • ALRA Alumni News

    ALRA Alumni News

    Keep up with our alumni news and what they get up to Read More
  • ALRA in the News

    ALRA in the News

    Find a selection of press coverage of our students & grads

    Read More
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Acting Schools in London & Greater Manchester

ALRA is a drama school with a proven commitment to providing the highest quality Acting, Directing and Stage Management training. Based in both London and Wigan, Lancashire, with provisional status in the new Teaching Excellent Framework and an international reputation for providing comprehensive, rigorous training, ALRA is one of the top destinations for students wishing to follow a career as an actor, director, stage manager or technician.

Our drama training covers acting for camera from the very first week. Students also study movement, voice, a wide range of acting techniques, text, stage combat, TV presenting, radio, dance, singing - in short, all of the elements required to work as a professional actor.

Our drama training includes BA (Hons) courses in ActingFoundation courses in ActingPostgraduate and MA Acting and Directing courses.

ALRA is proud to work at the highest possible standards expected of the industry as a member of CDMT, the FDS, Guild HE as well as being QAA reviewed. Funding is available to some applicants through the Dance and Drama Award scheme.

You can view our prospectus and here is a link to ALRA:TV to view all our work.

Terms Dates 2017/2018

Spring Term 2018 - 08th January to 23rd March

Summer Term 2018 - 23rd April to 13th July

Terms Dates 2018/2019

Induction Week 2018 W/c Monday 17th September

Autumn Term 2018 - 24th September to 30th November

Spring Term 2019 - 14th January to 29th March

Summer Term 2019 - 29th April to 19th July

These are the 1st year Three Year Acting Course dates. Other course dates may slightly vary so please check the course pages.

ALRA's Notable Alumni
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Reasons to study at ALRA
  • ALRA is...

    ALRA is...

    ...a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA’s acting training includes...

    ALRA’s acting training includes...

    ...specialist instruction in stage, film, TV, audio, comedy, voice and movement and is supported with contextual studies to prepare for work.
  • ALRA has built...

    ALRA has built...

    ...strong relationships within the industry and our showcases and productions are directed and attended by agents, directors, casting directors, writers, producers and our own inspiring Alumni.
  • ALRA’s resident teams...

    ALRA’s resident teams...

    ...are dedicated, talented professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a passion for teaching. Our students are supported in all aspects of their studies.
  • ALRA’s reputation...

    ALRA’s reputation...

    ...of securing opportunities for students grows each year and our Alumni are working in the West End, Regional and Touring Theatre Productions, as well as in Film, TV and Comedy both in the UK and beyond.
  • ALRA recruits...

    ALRA recruits...

    ...a comparatively small number of students each year so that everybody has our full attention and feels part of the school from the moment they arrive.
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Reasons to study at ALRA
  • ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.



  • ALRA’s acting training includes specialist instruction in stage, film, TV, audio, comedy, voice and movement and is supported with contextual studies to prepare for work.


  • ALRA has built strong relationships within the industry and our showcases and productions are directed and attended by agents, directors, casting directors, writers, producers and our own inspiring Alumni.

  • ALRA’s resident teams are dedicated, talented professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a passion for teaching. Our students are supported in all aspects of their studies.

  • ALRA’s reputation of securing opportunities for students grows each year and our Alumni are working in the West End, Regional and Touring Theatre Productions, as well as in Film, TV and Comedy both in the UK and beyond.
  • ALRA recruits a comparatively small number of students each year so that everybody has our full attention and feels part of the school from the moment they arrive.


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