Kenneth Branagh has been appointed President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art succeeding Richard Attenborough, who died last year.
Branagh, a RADA alumni said “It’s such a privilege to be asked to take up the role of RADA president. I am delighted to see – and now help – RADA continue to nurture and support generations of acting and technical talent. To be able to give back to the school which provided me with so much is a wonderful honour.”
He added: “I look forward to seeing what lies ahead, including achieving the redevelopment plans for our studios building, conceived by my predecessor Richard Attenborough, which will provide a professional theatre space and most importantly some much needed student accommodation.”
RADA director Edward Kemp said that Branagh would help the drama school deliver plans to make its training more accessible adding that “The diversity of Ken’s career, not only as an actor, but as director, producer and beyond are an inspiration to us all, staff and students alike.”
With this appointment and his forthcoming year-long residency at the Garrick Theatre, Kenneth Branagh cements his position as a leading force in British Theatre. Kenneth Branagh’s theatre company takes up residence at the Garrick Theatre to stage Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Romeo & Juliet, a Terrence Rattigan double bill Harlequinade and All On Her Own, The Painkilller and The Entertainer.