The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a small specialist institution of the theatrical and performing arts within the University of London. With a long history of educating and training leading practitioners and have extensive connections across the breadth of the creative industries. Central encourages experimentation and innovation to ensure graduates are forward thinking and prepared to be the future of their specific discipline.
Central’s courses cover the entire breadth of creative and performing arts, from performance to production, from applied theatre to drama therapy, and from sound design to writing for film and television. Most of our degree courses are full-time with a small number at postgraduate level available part-time, whilst we also offer a range of flexible short-term options from evening classes to summer schools and even training for business professionals.
Our mission is to inspire, educate and train the performers, practitioners and change-makers of tomorrow to shape the future of theatre and the performing arts.
If you want to be a part of this exciting new era of theatre and the performing arts, come and explore what you can achieve with us!
We hope that you will wish to explore the range of courses, both undergraduate and postgraduate, set out on this website. Do visit for an open day, or come to our regular public productions – focused around the historic Embassy Theatre.
Our facilities are widely regarded to be exemplary with further specialised studios and performance spaces to be added as part of a dynamic new development.