In the heart of London, just down the road from Sadlers Wells, there are seven studios and five singing and lecture rooms, together with a library, IT facilities, a café and modern changing rooms. The stunning Great Hall acts as a flexible performance space.
The Old Finsbury Town Hall (Grade II* listed) is no ordinary performing arts centre. One of the capital’s hidden treasures with its rich Regency and Victorian heritage, it provides students with an inspiring backdrop to their training. Urdang spent two years restoring this beautiful landmark to its former glory, ensuring it meets the needs of students and their training and allowing us to become fully disabled accessible.
The building is used by an extraordinary and prestigious variety of performing arts companies. We host auditions and rehearsals for many West End musicals, dance and theatre companies and are used for TV productions, commercials, documentaries and fashion shoots. All this gives the students an added value to their training – they see the profession at work on a day-to-day basis, mingling with leading industry professionals as they go about their training.
The Urdang Academy also hires out the facilities for community, weddings, corporate and other uses such as evening dance and drama classes all of which brings in revenue to assist us in supporting students offering scholarships and subsidised fees to those in financial need.
“The course has hugely benefitted from the academy’s relocation in The Old Finsbury Town Hall. This is a bold and imaginative step that has not only provided Urdang with a suite of sparkling new studios and other facilities but has also rejuvenated staff and generated a sense of pride. One third year student said ‘We’re so lucky that we’ve had a breakthrough – the New Urdang! I feel privileged to be here.” Ofsted Report