ALRA Acting Schools in London & Manchester
  • 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
  • The Fabulous 80’ ALRA's Party

    Did you study at ALRA in the 1980's?

    Book your place now Read More
  • ALRA Applications & Auditions 2018

    An easier process for everyone

    Evening & Weekend auditions available Read More
  • Ola Orebiyi in Feature Film REPROBATE

    Ola Orebiyi in Feature Film REPROBATE

  • 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

  • Zachary Hart in Nicholas Hytner's Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre

    Zachary Hart in Nicholas Hytner's Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre

  • Gaby French on Broadway in Hangmen

    Gaby French on Broadway in Hangmen

  • ALRA NORTH 3 YEAR ACTING SHOWCASE

    ALRA NORTH 3 YEAR ACTING SHOWCASE

    The Trafalgar Studios,
    London
    Tuesday 27th March at 1.00pm Read More
  • A Collier's Friday Night / The Daughter in Law

    A Collier's Friday Night / The Daughter in Law

  • The Man Will Kill Us All

    The Man Will Kill Us All

  • Iphigenia at Aulis

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • Dying for it

    Dying For It

  • 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
  • New audition system live for our drama schools

    Applications open on our FastTrack Audition System

    BOOK NOW Read More
  • Luke Matthews' interview

    Luke Matthews' interview

    Luke shared with us his professional experience on Our Town at The Royal Exchange Read More
  • Halema Hussain's interview on Child of The Divide

    Halema Hussain's interview

    An inspiring interview with our recent ALRA South graduate. Read More
  • Discover ALRA during our next Open Days

    Discover ALRA during our next Open Days

    New dates have been released. Read More
  • Evangeline Osbon in Crucible, at ALRA

    Interview with Evangeline Osbon

    Recent graduate Evangeline Osbon is performing her original play Think at Theatre 503 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 CDET, 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.

Induction Date

W/c Monday 11th September

Terms Dates 2017/2018

Autumn Term 2017 - 18th September to 24th November

Spring Term 2018 - 08th January to 23rd March

Summer Term 2018 - 23rd April to 13th July

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

London & Greater Manchester Acting Schools

ALRA is a drama school, a member of CDET and FDS and provides the highest quality training for students following a career as an actor, actress, stage manager or technician.

Based in both London and Wigan, Lancashire, our drama training covers TV & film acting for camera from the first week of training.

ALRA training covers movement, voice, acting technique, text, stage combat, singing, dance, TV presenting and radio - in short, all of the elements required to work as a professional actor.

Accelerate your acting career with ALRA

Many well known actors trained at ALRA and went on to build very successful careers, from stand-up comedy to film and stage.

ALRA's drama training includes a wide range of courses, such as our Foundation acting courses, BA (Hons) in acting degree, our Post Graduate MA acting coursed and the Stage Management and Technical Theatre Course. There are some bursaries and funded places available through the Dance and Drama Award (DaDa) scheme.

Keep up with our Alumni stories here

Terms Dates

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

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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