Shaping the Future

A transformational £20 million capital project to ensure that ArtsEd remains at the leading edge of training in the performing arts.

ArtsEd's Transformational Capital Campaign

SHAPING THE FUTURE will see a major expansion and upgrade of our building. This £20 million capital campaign will deliver the world-class environment that our teaching requires and our students deserve. As a result, ArtsEd will continue as the destination of choice for the brightest young talent.

Opening the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre in November 2013 marked the beginning of this ten-year capital campaign at ArtsEd. This wonderful proscenium arch space was solely supported by a £3.5 million donation from the Foundation.

“This ambitious capital project comes at a pivotal moment for ArtsEd as it celebrates 100 years of nurturing young talent. The school is a leading contributor to the UK’s creative industries, internationally renowned for providing outstanding and contemporary training in the performing arts. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has been a long-term supporter of ArtsEd, including providing financial scholarships for talented young people from diverse backgrounds who have gone on to successful careers in the industry. I am immensely proud to be the founding supporter of Shaping the Future, a project that will ensure ArtsEd remains a centre of excellence for many years to come.” Andrew Lloyd Webber, ArtsEd President

What’s happening now?

The second phase of Shaping the Future commenced in July 2019 with the Courtyard Building development. Scheduled to be ready for use in autumn 2020, the new building will include:

  • 2 × rehearsal studios
  • 3 × dance studios
  • 2 × acting studios
  • 4 × Day School & Sixth Form classrooms
  • improved and enlarged gym
  • a brand-new communal space in the heart of the building
  • The Green Roof
    ArtsEd Capital Campaign Shaping The Future - Cross section

We need your help

We are currently fundraising for the third and final phase of this major capital campaign at ArtsEd. The creation of a brand-new performance space to replace the old Studio Theatre.

The ArtsEd Playhouse will draw on the thrust stage model of small theatres such as the Donmar Warehouse, Menier Chocolate Factory and Trafalgar Studios. Our vision is to create a space that offers a more intimate experience for both performers and audience members, as well as enabling our students to hone the skills required to perform in smaller spaces. Fitted out with state-of-the-art equipment, it will be flexible to the needs of both acting and musical theatre productions. Adding a new dimension to our training, the Playhouse will work in harmony with the Andrew Lloyd Weber Foundation Theatre.

Please get in touch to find out more about Shaping the Future and how you can help us to realise our ambitions.

Sue Sandle
Director of Development
020 8987 6644

ArtsEd Capital Campaign Shaping The Future - Phase 2