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Drama Studio to celebrate 50 years with gala for alumni

Judi Dench is a Drama Studio London alumni. Photo: Pamela Raith Judi Dench is a patron of the Friends of Drama Studio London charity. Photo: Pamela Raith
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Drama Studio London is to hold a gala night for alumni to celebrate its 50th anniversary and raise money to help students with the costs of training.

It comes as the school prepares to launch its first degree programme – a BA (Hons) in professional acting – in partnership with De Montfort University in Leicester.

The smallest school to be accredited by training body Drama UK, Drama Studio London trains nearly 150 students each year through either one- or two-year courses.

Alumni have been invited to a gala celebration of the school on September 11, where they will be able to “share memories, partake in an exclusive auction and rediscover the building”.

All the proceeds raised by the gala will be donated to Friends of Drama Studio London – a charity that provides support to students in need of financial help while training.

Judi Dench, a patron of the charity, said she was “happy to support anything that will increase the amount in [the school’s] coffers and encourage even more impecunious students to take up training”.

In a message of support for the school, she added: “The idea of some of this money coming from successful alumni is very moving and I wish you every success.”

Managing director Kit Thacker said the school was “unique – and we intend to stay that way”.

Drama Studio London was founded in 1966 by actor Peter Layton, who ran the school until 2002.

Renowned alumni include Forest Whitaker, Emily Watson, Adrian Lucas and Olivia Vinall.

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