ALRA Celebrates Two Big Birthdays!

ALRA Celebrates Two Big Birthdays!

2019 and 2020 are important years for ALRA. Ten years ago, the decision was made to go ahead with a parallel school in Wigan that became ALRA North. Forty years ago, in 1979, the concept of ALRA was brought alive by Caryl Zeigler and Sorrel Carson in a church hall in East Finchley (only moving to the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building in 1983).

ALRA North will be 10 years old in 2020 and the original idea of ALRA is 40 in 2019!

So many talented and extraordinary people have trained at ALRA over the years – are you one of them? If you trained at ALRA or supported ALRA over the years, we’d like to invite you to celebrate with us at three special events.

The first of our birthday parties will be on Friday 12th July 6pm-11pm at ALRA South. This is free to attend (although you do need to book) and we want to see as many of our graduates and friends as possible for a party in the Great Hall. We will welcome you with a drink, provide some party food, show you a display of items from the ALRA Archive and invite you to participate in a celebratory film. Book now via this link and please spread the word to anyone who you think should know about it. We would be delighted to reunite cohorts from over the 40 years.

We will be holding another party at ALRA North in December 2019 and then the celebrations will culminate at a very special event in central London next summer. These events will be announced here and on our social media so watch out for updates!

There are lots of additional ways you can help us celebrate these milestones, by emailing the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  • Digital copies of any programmes or information you’ve saved
  • Your graduating headshot if you still have it – it would be great to add the missing years of past graduates onto our website
  • A video like the one below to add to our Big Birthday Film that we will screen at our events

And finally, sign up for the Newsletter and follow us on our social media pages for all the latest information.

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5 tickets for ALRA showcases | that's alumnights

At each Friday night performance of any ALRA show there will hold back 5 complimentary tickets for our ALRA graduates.

To find out the forthcoming shows, please see the ‘What’s on’ section of the website.

Alumnight tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; to book tickets please email

Please note: ALRA still offer free tickets to all ALRA shows to alumni that are within their first year of graduation.

To learn more about ALRA’s graduate package please email

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