Audition dates and venues

Brian Slater

All applicants to our full-time training courses and our Associate programmes are offered an audition

Applications for full-time training as well as Mid, Senior and Advanced Associates open in the Autumn Term each year. Applications for Junior Associates open at the beginning of the Spring Term each year.

COVID-19 update

Due to the ever-changing situation and challenges associated with COVID-19, we have made the decision to conduct all preliminary auditions by video.

This will apply for White Lodge and the Upper School, as well as auditions for Mid, Senior and Advanced Associates.

Due to this change, the new closing date for all applications and videos will be 5 January 2021.

Read the full message from our Artistic Director, Christopher Powney, about the changes.

UK auditions 2021

UK preliminary auditions for full-time training will be held in Bath, Birmingham, Dundee, London and Manchester in January and February 2021.

Final auditions for applicants who are successful at the preliminary stage are held in London in February and March 2021.

COVID-19 update

These dates, times and venues are subject to change.




White Lodge final 1 Thursday 25 February
White Lodge final 2 Friday 26 February
White Lodge final 3 Thursday 4 and Friday 5 March
Upper School semi-final Saturday 13 March
Upper School final Sunday 14 March

Video auditions 2021

Video applicants apply using our online application form and selecting the Video option. Always prepare and film your video before completing the application form.

All video applications must include photos and fee payment together with the uploaded video link and all must be submitted together by the closing deadline.

Video submissions are all are viewed by the head of the preliminary selection panel and given equal consideration to those attending in person.

Any applicant successful at the preliminary stage for full-time training will be invited to London to attend a final audition in person during February/March. Results for students who have applied for the Associates programme will be sent out after the completion of the full-time training auditions and should be sent out by the end of the Spring term.

Check our video requirements.

International auditions 2021

Audition closer to home at one of our international preliminary auditions in Spain, Czech Republic, Portugal, Italy or the USA. Find out more.

Associate auditions 2021

Applications for Mid, Senior and Advanced Associates open in September for entry the following year. Applications for Junior Associates open in mid January for entry that same year.

Junior Associate auditions are held in May at our centres in Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Dundee, Leeds, Eastleigh, Bath, Totnes and London.

Mid, Senior and Advanced Associate candidates are invited to attend a preliminary audition in January or February.

Audition dates

Totnes tbc
Bath tbc
Birmingham tbc
Manchester tbc
Eastleigh tbc
Leeds tbc
Newcastle tbc
Dundee tbc
London tbc

Please note, venues with more than one date will have the day allocated according to age following the provisional guidelines above when possible, however class allocation is dependant on numbers of applications received from each age-group with exact numbers only known after the close date – invitations to audition will be emailed out in April and will give you confirmed dates and class times.

Class allocation is conditional on the age-range of applicants received at the application close date, which can vary year on year.