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Rebecca Pizzey

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Benedict Cumberbatch new president of LAMDA

10:29, 17th January 2018

The London Academy of Music and Drama Art (LAMDA) has announced that Benedict Cumberbatch is to be the new president, effective immediately. He will be taking over the position from Timothy West, who has been in the role for 31 years.

Cumberbatch is himself a LAMDA alumnus, having graduated in 2000 with a Classical Acting MA. Since then, he has remained close to the institution, launching the fundraising campaign for its new building Рwhich opened last year Рin 2013.

‘Having trained at LAMDA, I am thrilled to have been appointed as its new president,’ Cumberbatch said of his appointment. ‘It will be an honour to watch the next generation of actors, directors and technicians blossom and grow into outstanding creative artists and theatre professionals through the exceptional training provided by LAMDA.’

Principal of LAMDA, Joanna Read, said: ‘I am truly delighted that Benedict has agreed to join the LAMDA family as president. As a fantastic actor who understands his craft and our industry, I know his insights will be terrifically beneficial to students and staff. I am excited to have his support in opening up access to our world-leading conservatoire training and for LAMDA’s unique approach in nurturing, training and inspiring the talent of the future.’

Cumberbatch added that he is ‘looking forward to working along Joanna and the staff, Shaun [Woodward] and the board of trustees to continue to ensure this training remains accessible to everyone and that my profession and industry is diverse and reflective of the world we live in.’

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