Royal Academy of Dramatic Art


When I was offered a place at RADA I was determined to make the most of it. I had never really thrived in the world of academia, but now for the first time I was studying something that I actually had a passion for. One of the major benefits of the training was simply the number of productions; working with many different directors and performing in both studio and main house. It was the equivalent of permanent employment at such a formative period for any aspiring actor. Taking on a wide variety of roles that the profession would never have offered you even if you’d been lucky enough to find work. We were a very tight and I think gifted bunch and many went on to achieve fine careers in the big outside world. The principal was Hugh Crutwell who was an inspiration to every student who passed through RADA during his tenure. When we started working professionally Hugh always found time to come and see your work and was never shy of offering a critique. There was no-one’s opinion that I valued more highly.


Second Term Acting Course
Name: Iain Glen
Summer 1983

Voice Production:

An engaging, intelligent actor who sought such intellectual subtleties that his body and voice were forced to contort themselves in response. He is now much freer in resonance because there is more balance with breathing and, both in his speaking and singing voice, he finds increasing meaning and beauty of tone. His commitment is total.
– Geoffrey Connor


Greatly improved in use of the body without force and with more ease and flow. Hollow back is still rather apparent.
To work on:
Explore even more the use of weight and flow in order to release images with more richness of texture.
– June Kemp


Bancroft Gold Medal Iain Glen
Kendal Ralph Fiennes
Vanbrugh Neil Dudgeon
RADA Silver Medal Imogen Stubbs
RADA Bronze Medal Jane Horrocks
Stephen Murray Memorial Tania Wade, Serena Gordon
Tree Prize Darryl Knock
Sir Emile Littler Awards Imogen Stubbs, Ralph Fiennes
Edith Evans Memorial Richard Hicks
Cedric Hardwicke Memorial Neil Dudgeon
Sherek Wayne Foskett
Forbes-Robertson (verse) Ralph Fiennes
Oughton (character) Darryl Knock
Edmund Gray (high comedy) Jason Watkins
Fabia Drake’s comedy Prize Peter Gunn
D. Taylor’s Shakespeare Prize Timothy McCurdy
Maude (movement) Ronan Vibert
Hannam-Clarke (dialect) Jason Watkins
Shakespeare Schools (classical) Ralph Fiennes
Arthur Talbot Smith Simon Gregor
Christine Silber Memorial (diction) Louis Hilyer
Bossom Prize (diction) Ralph Fiennes
Stage Fighting:
Barton Imogen Stubbs & Simon Gregor
Moseley Iain Glen
Crean Ralph Fiennes, Richard Hicks, Ronan Vibert, & Jason Watkins
Ware Ralph Fiennes & Iain Glen


‘Steppenwolf’ Herman Hesse Brian Bates
‘Robin Hood-The Truth Behind the Green Tights’ David Neilson David Neilson
‘Peer Gynt’ Henrik Ibsen
‘Strife’ John Galsworthy Angela Langfield
‘Hang of the Gaol’ Howard Barker Howard Barker
‘Angel City’ Sam Shepard Tim Fywell
‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ William Shakespeare Andy Hinds
‘The Relapse’ John Vanbrugh
‘Three Sisters’ Anton Chekov Brian Stirner
‘Airbase’ Malcolm McKay Malcolm McKay
‘Man Of Mode’ George Etherege Mike Bradwell
‘The Father’ August Strindberg Ewan Hooper



by Herman Hesse

(G.B.S THEATRE from 3-5 November 1983)

Letter from the Principal:


Dear Iain,

Congratulations on your really remarkable performance in Steppenwolf, it’s an amazing achievement: a most impressive centrepiece to a gripping theatrical experience. The show has come together magnificently and held the audience enthralled. I’m very thrilled for the whole group; and your contribution is invaluable. Well done! And thanks.

Hugh Crutwell.

I’ll be seeing it again on Saturday.


Iain Glen
Harry Haller
Claire Hackett
Neil Dudgeon
Julia Fabris
Harry’s Landlady
Sean O’Callaghan
Simon Gregor
Jane Horrocks
Harry’s Mother
Peter Gunn
Harry’s father
Angela Connolly
Harry’s Wife
Richard Hicks
Serena Gordon
Professor’s Wife
Imogen Stubbs
Dinner Guest
Ronan Vibert
Dinner Guest
Brian Phillips
Tim McCurdy
Jason Watkins
Tania Wade


Vanbrugh Theatre 18th May 1984

Congratulations to Iain Glen and Ralph Fiennes for their excellent work, I hope they will both find the opportunities to use their splendid skills in future careers. The Bryan Mosley prize for best performance in armed combat went to Iain Glen, and it was a close run thing between the two. Ralph (who wins the Patrick Crean prize for outstanding performance in armed combat) was rather too kind in aiming slightly off target several times, and this lost him my prize. My view is that the more accurate the stroke the safer the parry can be, but anxiety of ten caused a last second diversion off target which results in parries being too wide or even to miss altogether. Nonetheless, a very finely matched and thought out fight.

Reviewed by Bryan Mosley