• Treasure Island

    Treasure Island

  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

  • Women, Power and Politics (Triple Bill)

    Women, Power and Politics (Triple Bill)

  • Games for Classical and Contemporary Text

    Games for Classical and Contemporary Text | Workshop

  • Movement into Text Workshop

    Movement into Text | Workshop

  • National Student Survey results 2019

    National Student Survey results 2019

    We’re really proud of what we have achieved Read More
  • How to get a free audition at ALRA

    How to get a free audition at ALRA

    Are you eligible for a free audition with ALRA? Read More
  • Part Time 1 Year Michael Chekhov Technique

    The Actor’s Voice and the Michael Chekhov Technique

  • ALRA Celebrates Two Big Birthdays!

    ALRA Celebrates Two Big Birthdays!

  • Benjamin McMahon in The Play That Goes Wrong

    ALRA interview with Benjamin McMahon

    We caught up with 2017 ALRA South alumnus about auditions and rehearsals for West End. Read More
  • ALRA receives ‘outstanding’ OFSTED report

    OFSTED report

    We are proud to announce that our Ofsted report has ranked the combined North and South campus schools as ‘outstanding’ in all areas. Read More
  • Evelyn Roberts & Duncan Ross share their experience of working on a National Theatre project

    Evelyn Roberts & Duncan Ross share their experience of working on a National Theatre project

  • Victor Oshin and Paul McEwan – Tour the UK in Othello

    Victor Oshin and Paul McEwan – Tour the UK in Othello

  • The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement

    The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement

  • 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
  • Amina Zia Interview

    ALRA met Amina Zia

    to talk of her career and the newly revived series of Porridge Read More
  • Amy Walsh in Emmerdale

    Alumna and Emmerdale actress Amy Walsh

    talks to ALRA about her experience in the industry 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
  • “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
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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 and Directing training. Based in both London and Wigan, Greater Manchester, with Silver status in the 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 or director.

ALRA 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 or director in today's industry.

ALRA currently offers BA (Hons)Foundation and Postgraduate Acting Courses and MA 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 here and watch videos of ALRA students here.

Term Dates 2019/2020

Induction Week 2019 w/c Monday 16th September

Autumn Term 2019 - Monday 23rd September to Friday 6th December

Spring Term 2020 - Monday 13th January to Friday 27th March

Summer Term 2020 - Monday 27th April to Friday 17th 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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Why train 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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Why train 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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