LAMDA set to raise curtain on its two new Barons Court theatres


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The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art is holding a community day on Sunday 17 September

Ever wondered what goes on at drama school? There’s a great chance to look behind the scenes at the UK’s oldest training institution for actors when LAMDA opens its doors.

The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, established in 1861, is holding a community day on Sunday 17 September, 10am-5pm, at its Barons Court base.

Staged as part of Open House 2017, the event will allow visitors to explore LAMDA’s new £28.2million centre for drama training, including two new theatres: The Sainsbury Theatre and The Carne Studio Theatre. 

LAMDA is financially supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

You can try your hand at screen acting, and learn what it’s like to train at the UK's oldest drama school, following in the footsteps of Chiwetel ‘12 Years a Slave’ Ejiofor, Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie, the former Doctor Colin Baker, national treasure Jim Broadbent, blonde bombshell Diana Dors, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, Sex in the City’s Kim Cattrall, Donald Sutherland of M.A.S.H. fame, actress Maureen Lipman, Dame Harriet Walter and Malcolm ‘A Clockwork Orange’ McDowell.

There are storytelling sessions and stage combat demonstrations, as well as details of the different LAMDA qualifications on offer.

Teas, coffees, drinks and snacks are available, and entry is free. LAMDA is at 155 Talgarth Road, W14 9DA. 

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Artist's impression of the new Sainsbury Theatre and the Carne Studio Theatre in Barons Court

Indian cultural centre holds open day on Saturday 

Have you ever thought about learning to play the sitar? Or wondered what it would be like to try Indian classical dance?

Now is your chance as The Bhavan – the largest centre for Indian art and culture outside India – has a jam-packed open day this Saturday in West Kensington with a host of free taster classes in music, dance, languages, yoga – and even some tasty Indian street food to keep you going.

There is no need to book. Everyone is welcome to pop down to the centre from 10.30am until 5pm to find out more about the 23 courses on offer at the Bhavan.

For more details about the Bhavan, visit:

Shreyna Patnaik

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