The London School of Dramatic Art is situated in the heart of South Kensington, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The area is a centre for art and culture with a host of theatres, cinemas, museums and galleries and short distance to the West End’s theatre district.
Performance venues that are close to LSDA:
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
There are a large number of museums and galleries within walking distance of the college, most of which are free of charge. They include:
the Natural History Museum, which is housed in a spectacular Victorian Gothic building – described as the ‘Cathedral of Science’,
the Science Museum, which is an exciting tribute to man’s quest for scientific understanding,
the Victoria and Albert Museum, which houses collections of every conceivable art form including textiles, furniture and metal work and
the Serpentine Gallery, located in Kensington Gardens is one of London’s premier venues for the temporary exhibition of modern and contemporary art.
A short walk from the college, the V&A is a great resource for social and historic context research and period costume and design. The V&A’s Theatrical exhibitions provide an extensive resource for the understanding of live performance throughout history.
The new gallery exhibits all aspects of performance, from the initial concept, through the design and development and audiences’ reactions. Arranged in three main themes – creating performance, staging performance and experiencing performance – the displays feature Theatrical highlights.
Collections include costumes, set models, stage props, original posters and playbills, theatrical prints, paintings, and photographs. The largest of their type in the world, the Theatre Collections show the history, development and practice of the performing arts in the UK. The collections cover all the major performing arts sectors: drama, dance, opera, musical theatre, circus, rock and pop and popular entertainment. The objects range in size from stage machinery and architecture through to theatre tickets and tokens.