Benedict Cumberbatch: Supporting my old drama school is vital for arts…
Benedict Cumberbatch has warned that London could “lose a vital artistic resource” if his old drama school fails to raise about £3 million to complete its redevelopment.
The Sherlock actor joined other alumni of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, which dates back to 1861, in backing its Act Now! campaign. It has already raised about £25 million towards building two theatres and an education wing, with rehearsal space and a digital suite. Cumberbatch, a patron of the appeal, said he was “thrilled” to see Lamda prepare for the future.
But he added: “Should we fail to seize this opportunity, London will lose a vital artistic resource that nourishes the global performing arts industry, contributes to our economy and enriches our cultural life.” Other alumni of the Barons Court college include Dominic Cooper, David Oyelowo, Ruth Wilson, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jim Broadbent.
Broadbent, who won the supporting actor Oscar in 2001 for his performance in Iris, said: “Without Lamda the industry would be poorer.“ Directors and producers know someone who trained at Lamda will come to a production with a grown-up, enthusiastic and collaborative approach — and that’s gold dust in the rehearsal room, on stage or on set.”