The seminars are aimed at young people and are free to under thirties and mature students — though older spectators can attend by joining the Masterclass Friends (an annual £20 donation entitles Friends to attend all events along with one guest). The Masterclasses feature glitterati of stage and screen working with selected students and often with volunteers from the audience. The illustrious roll-call of past masters includes Gillian Anderson, Alan Ayckbourn, Steven Berkoff, Brenda Blethyn, Matthew Bourne, Simon Callow, Richard Eyre, Michael Frayn, Maria Friedman, Peter Hall, Jeremy Irons, Mike Leigh, Adrian Lester, Simon McBurney, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Donald Sinden, Patrick Stewart, Tom Stoppard, Janet Suzman, Zoe Wanamaker and Deborah Warner.
The new season will feature, on Oct. 2 at 2:30 PM, Helen Mirren in a talk and Q&A. Central School of Speech and Drama’s head of acting, Geoffrey Colman, will appear on Oct. 7 at 2 PM, to discuss training and how best to develop a good acting career. And, on Friday, Oct. 8 at 2 PM, Sally Ann Triplett — the star of the National Theatre’s recent production of Anything Goes — will work with four pre-selected students on how to get the best out of performing a song in a musical.
For more information, call (0)20 7389 9660.