The Arden School of Theatre was established in association with The Royal Exchange Theatre. It was one of the first establishments in the UK to offer vocational, degree level theatrical courses. We continue to offer first class training in a stimulating environment.

‘The Arden’ has excellent, long-established links with theatre companies and industry professionals across Manchester and the North West. Our courses are taught by current industry professionals. We aim to create independent, work-ready performers with the confidence to face the industry and the courage to create their own work.

We’re looking for students who will change and develop the industry. We’re deeply committed to producing self-reliant practitioners with a robust understanding of their art form. We do this by creating a strong and genuine relationship with the industry; academically and professionally.

Arden has a distinguished and successful history and is unique in the UK. We’re a theatre school, and also part of one of the largest colleges in the country. We provide the highest levels of professional training in the context of university level qualifications.

Based at the stunning Nicholls House on UCEN Manchester’s Nicholls Campus, The Arden is a hub of creative exploration. Our corridors are filled with the activity of performing, acting, singing and dancing students.