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Why study Drama at Royal Holloway?

We are one of the largest university theatre departments in the UK, so we can offer an unusually wide range of subject areas, all taught by specialists. No other department offers courses covering a comparable range of historical and cultural areas.

I decided to study Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway as it provided that perfect 50/50 balance between critical and creative practice that I was looking for.

It’s such a privilege to be lectured by the people whose books you are reading and then really get to grips with the course in seminars.

With three performance spaces on campus and easy access to London, what more could you want as a Drama student?

- Clement, BA Drama & Theatre Studies, 2016


Great students

We have great students at Royal Holloway. They invariably come to us with passion and experience in the study and making of theatre. When a whole class of students is all working with that kind of passionate engagement in the subject, it lifts the quality of everyone's experience. 

And our students consistently go on to make a big impact on the field, either as academics and teachers or as theatremakers and performers.

Great campus

Royal Holloway has one of the most vibrantly creative campuses in the country. Not only are we a leading university for Drama, but we are great for Music, Creative Writing, Media Arts and more. 

There are plenty of opportunities to collaborate with students across the Faculty and the Students' Union has numerous societies that give plenty of opportunities for our students to show off their creativity.

Great contacts

We have innumerable close contacts with some of the key theatremakers of our time and we're always looking at ways of getting them in to work with and teach our students. 

Recent visiting professors and practitioners include playwrights Tim Crouch, Mark Ravenhill and Tanika Gupta, director Katie Mitchell, and choreographers Jonathan Burrows and Jasmin Vardimon.

We also have a growing internship/placement scheme for our students to gain first-hand experience of theatre work.

Great facilities

Drama is a specialist subject and needs specialist facilities. Most importantly, it needs performance spaces and at Royal Holloway we are lucky enough to have probably the best facilities for studying and making theatre in any British university

Our state-of-the-art Caryl Churchill Theatre, the authentic Japanese Handa Noh Theatre, and the beautiful Boilerhouse Theatre with its underheated dance floor make up our facilities. These spaces are complemented by a suite of rehearsal rooms, seminar rooms, and workshop spaces.

Great teaching

Consistently our students and external assessors have rated us very highly for the enthusiasm, clarity, and intellectual challenge of our teaching. All of our academic staff teach at all levels from first year to PhD and we pride ourselves on keeping our courses renewed, refreshed and constantly in touch with the latest developments in the discipline.

We're committed to excellent teaching and the integration of theory and practice in all we do. No member of staff considers themselves to be an academic rather than practitioner or vice versa and all courses are taught by drama specialists. The emphasis of the teaching is upon experimental projects that test ideas rather than glamorous but orthodox productions.

Drama quad play croppedWe also have a strong research culture, with all staff being active researchers. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) the department achieved an overwhelming majority of rankings in the top two categories, demonstrating research activity of world-leading 4* and International 3* significance and originality. Our research environment and the impact of our work is also rated highly. Our teaching is always on the cutting edge of the subject, the curriculum never remaining quite the same from one year to the next

An active 'Student Workshop' organises theatre productions, social events and guest visits from theatre professionals, and offers ample opportunity for students to develop their own theatre practice outside the curriculum.

The College is set in a leafy environment with easy access to the Surrey and Berkshire countryside as well as to London and its world-renowned theatres.



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