Guildhall School of Music and Drama Auditions

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Auditions

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Auditions

Auditioning for the Programme

Students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds are selected on merit by audition.

It is not necessary to have any previous acting experience.

You should normally be at least 18 years old when you begin your training. Most students are a few years older. There is no upper age limit.

We welcome applications from overseas candidates. You must be completely fluent in the English Language (the equivalent of a minimum IELTS score of 7.5). Current and recent overseas students have come from Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Eire, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the United States.

We consider diversity to be an enriching and vital part of theatre-making. We welcome applications from individuals with disabilities and encourage them to disclose relevant information regarding any disability when completing their application form, to enable us to provide additional support during the audition process. Read more about the disability support we offer to applicants.

The application process for the BA (Hons) and MA Acting programmes involves a three-stage audition: the first round audition, the second round audition and the final recall audition. You must pass each stage in order to proceed to the next.

All auditions are performed in person at the School; we do not accept recordings or arrange Skype auditions.

For applicants auditioning in New York, second round auditions take place on the same day as first round auditions.

What you should prepare

You should prepare three contrasting dramatic pieces of your own choice:

  • One must be in verse (blank or rhymed) from a play by Shakespeare or another Jacobean playwright;
  • One from a modern play written after 1956;
  • One should be a contrasting piece from any period.