David Essex OBE

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3rd Year West End Showcase – Leicester Square Theatre

The 3rd Year London Showcase was held at the Leicester Square Theatre on Monday 22nd May 2017 at 1:30pm. We are pleased to report an amazing response from both Agents and Industry Professionals alike with some excellent offers coming in to our 3rd years for agency representation.

Good luck to all our 3rd years who have now flown the nest and are now working both here and internationally.

#LiveTheDream #BeTheBest



MADD Students are working with the World Famous – Birmingham Royal Ballet

Sixteen MADD College students to perform alongside Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers in Romeo and Juliet at Theatre Royal, Nottingham


Sixteen students from Nottingham’s Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama (or MADD College as it’s affectionately known) will join 60 elite dancers of the prestigious Birmingham Royal Ballet during six performances of the company’s much lauded production of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet at Theatre Royal, Nottingham between Wednesday 30 March and Saturday 2 April 2016.

12 male and 4 female MADD students aged between 16 and 18 have been selected to play a range of roles in all three acts of the full-length ballet, including a beggar, bird-sellers, a priest, noblemen and women, guards and a peasant woman.

Emma Clayton, Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama’s artistic director, said: We are thrilled Birmingham Royal Ballet turned to Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama when they were looking for sixteen actors to play additional roles in their production of Romeo and Juliet, coming to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal. The college’s involvement will be invaluable experience for all our students whether on stage or watching from the audience. Working alongside a company as prestigious as Birmingham Royal Ballet is extremely exciting for everyone at MADD.”

Joseph Cheetham, 20, from Nottingham is in his final year at MADD College and will share the stage with some of the world’s best dancers, said: I’m very excited to be on stage with Birmingham Royal Ballet. This is an excellent opportunity to perform at Theatre Royal Nottingham and work alongside dancers and musicians of a professional ballet company. I couldn’t believe it when I was asked to take part- I have always admired and looked up to Birmingham Royal Ballet. I can’t wait to get on stage and form part of this amazing production!”

MADD is accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) and validated by Trinity College London. It offers a three year professional musical theatre diploma course and a one year foundation musical theatre diploma course and currently trains students from all over the UK and Europe. MADD also offers accredited evening courses in teacher training with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) in classical ballet, tap, jazz and freestyle dance and runs a successful Saturday Junior school for students aged 3 to 18.

In Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet, love at first dance, forbidden passions, dangerous secrets and star-crossed fates combine in an exhilarating classical ballet. Kenneth MacMillan’s best-loved adaptation of this iconic play continues Birmingham Royal Ballet‘s 2016 Shakespeare celebrations. Set to Prokofiev’s soaring score, Romeo and Juliet tells the familiar tale of two young lovers at the mercy of powerful family feuds and the passion of their own hearts. From the balcony scene’s ecstatic pas de deux to the lovers’ heart-wrenching end, Romeo and Juliet has been an audience favourite since its first performance.

MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet is regarded as a ballet masterpiece set beautifully to Paul Andrews’ sumptuous designs, which perfectly evoke Renaissance-era Verona, from the bustling Italian marketplace of the ballet’s opening scenes and high-octane sword fights, to the decadent masked ball where the star-crossed lovers first meet.

Accompanying Birmingham Royal Ballet will be the company’s full-time orchestra the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain’s busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s wide-ranging programme in the UK and abroad.


Birmingham Royal Ballet – Romeo and Juliet at Theatre Royal Nottingham:

Wednesday 30 March – Saturday 2 April 2016

Wednesday – Saturday evenings at 7.30pm plus Thursday matinee at 2pm & Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

Tickets: 0115 989 5555 //


MOVE IT 2016 – MADD College on Stand 550

We had a great weekend at MOVE IT 2016 and had some great performances on the Main Stage. Take a look at the videos below:


‘Brother’ Boys Piece choreographed by Ryan-Lee Seager MOVE IT 2016

‘Bring Me to Life’ Girls Piece choreographed by Sue Sparham

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 See some of the highlights from last year!


See you all there!


Patron David Essex in Jeff Wayne’s – War of The Worlds

We are so pleased to announce that one of MADD’s Patrons Mr David Essex OBE will be appearing in Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version – War of The Worlds at The Dominion Theatre London early 2016.

To book tickets use this link


David Essex will be playing The Voice Of Humanity. One of the original contributors to Wayne’s musical version of The War of The Worlds in 1978, this will be the first time the two men have joined together to work on The War of The Worlds since.



MADD Grad – Living The Dream

We are ‘thrilled’ to announce Alumna Savannah Darnell has secured a role in ‘Thriller Live’ UK and European Tour. We wish her all the best! Just another reason to train with MADD – #LiveTheDream 


See the Tour Dates here:

Thriller UK Tour Dates


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Dance Careers Conference 2015 at Elmhurst Ballet School

Join us this Sunday 10th May at Elmhurst Ballet School for a Dance Career and Performance day. For more information please click to be taken directly to the CDET Web Site.


2015 Scholarship Audition Application Forms

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Cost of Scholarship Audition Day

Students who have already auditioned and been accepted for the 3 Year Musical Theatre Course 2015 – no additional fee required.

New students auditioning both for a place and the Scholarship there is a fee payable to MADD College of £38.00 if paying by cheque please add 30p.

Auditions will take place on Sunday 26th April 2015


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Don’t miss the fabulous opportunity of winning  a FULL SCHOLARSHIP worth £26,400.00 for 3 years training at MADD on the Professional Musical Theatre Diploma Course commencing September 2015.


Sponsored by ‘The Stage Newspaper’ Closing Date Friday 17th April

In Addition

BOYS – don’t miss the fabulous opportunity of winning  a FULL SCHOLARSHIP worth £26,400.00 for 3 years training at MADD on the Professional Musical Theatre Diploma Course commencing September 2015.

Sponsored by David Essex OBE

Auditions Sunday 26th April 2015

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Amethyst Scarlett – Reflects Back Over Her Three Years of Professional MT Training With Only 1 Week Left Before Graduation

Graduate student Amethyst Scarlett talks to MADD…

What have been the highlights during your three years at MADD?

All the opportunities that MADD has provided to train with so many industry professionals has been incredible- over the last three years I have had the honour to take part in classes and workshops with people like director Nikoli Foster, choreographer and director Paul Domaine, director and MADD Patron David Wood OBE, singer and actor and MADD patron David Essex and casting director Benjamin Newsome!


What will you miss about MADD once you graduate?

All the friendships I’ve made with so many people across the entire school. It’s such a positive environment at MADD and I will miss not seeing them all every day.


What are you looking forward to performing in the Gala Showcase and why?

I have a duet with Francesca Pelosi, a very close college friend at MADD called ‘She’s My Sister’. I always love to perform this and audiences seem to like it too, it’s funny! Also the ‘In-between’, which I’m very excited about performing, again with Francesca, as the song means so much to both of us. Ryan-Lee Seager’s choreography to ‘Addicted to Love’ really inspires me- I can’t help but smile and enjoy myself every time we rehearse it, so I’m looking forward to performing this too!


Are you excited to perform at the Nottingham Playhouse and why?

I can’t wait to perform at the Nottingham Playhouse as I always feel at home on the stage and performing in such a large venue thoroughly excites me. It’s a beautiful theatre and performing there is brilliant experience for us. The showcase’s creative team have put together another fantastic show this year- I hope lots of people will come and see it, the third years really are going out with a bang this year!


What are you looking forward to once you graduate?

I can’t wait to experience auditioning now, meeting new people with the same goals as me and seeing what the future holds!


You have secured an agent- what are you hopes for the future?

My dream is to perform in the heart of London’s West End, musicals and comedies and make sure I make my agent, family and friends and everyone at MADD really proud!


Can you give a few words of advice for the new students starting in September?!

Save up your money! By the time you reach your final year, with all the trips to the theatre, to London, having your headshots taken and printed and business cards done really adds up and can leave a hole in your pocket. So I’d say work hard, listen, concentrate, take it all in, don’t waste a second of this incredible time, but think ahead too and invest in your future, professionally and financially!


Three words that describe MADD?

Exhilarating, Professional and Rewarding!

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Our First Recipient of ‘The Stage’ Scholarship Reflects On His Past Three Years At MADD College

Adam Corrigan, from East Yorkshire, talks to MADD as he prepares for the Gala Showcase and his final show with the college before he starts to audition…


How will you remember MADD- what have been the highlights over the last 3 years?

I will always look back at my time at MADD with huge pride and know that I loved every minute. There have been many highlights including performing at Move It in London and all the past Nottingham Playhouse shows too. But I think performing at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End this year was the biggest highlight, a great experience and brilliant theatre for the Graduate Showcase 2014! Our patrons David Essex and David Wood came to watch, we all appreciated that they were there so much.

What are you looking forward to performing in the Gala Showcase and why?

I’m looking forward to opening the showcase with ‘Bat out of hell’ with a six piece band behind me rocking it out! Performing ‘Why God Why’ from Miss Saigon will be another highlight as I love that type of musical.

How will it feel to perform on the Nottingham Playhouse stage?

Every time we go to the Nottingham Playhouse I get so excited and nervous at the same time. It’s such a beautiful theatre and it’s an honour to perform on the stage. I’m very lucky to have the opportunity, and although it’ll be a sad time as the third years perform their final numbers together, it will also be a fantastic celebration of our time together over the last three years. I know the audience will have a great time too as the creative team are incredible and the entire show is packed with brilliant musical theatre numbers.

You were the recipient of the first MADD / The Stage Scholarship- what has scholarship meant to you?

The scholarship has meant so much to me! I can’t thank everyone enough, the Principal of the college, Frances Clayton, The Stage and everyone at MADD for this life-changing opportunity. It’s helped me financially but also professionally and personally as I’ve been able to push myself every day to make the best of this incredible support. I hope I’ve made the staff proud, Miss Emma proud, but most of all, the sense of self-worth it has given me is amazing.

What will you miss about being at MADD once you graduate?

The people! It is such a family place and that’s the main reason I went to MADD in the first place- at my audition back in 2011 I could see everyone knew each other’s names. Most of all I will miss the other third years as we’ve helped each other so much over the last three years. I will always be grateful to them for their support. I’ll miss being with them every day, but I know we will stay in touch!

What are you most looking forward to once you graduate/what are your hopes for the future?

I’m looking forward to getting out there and auditioning. After the graduate showcase in London I was taken on by an agent and he’s already getting me auditions which is great, so these are exciting times ahead. My big aim is to be in shows in the West End, especially Les Misérables and Miss Saigon!

What words of advice would you give to new students starting in September?

Believe in yourself! As Miss Emma would say be ‘Bold Brave and Brash!’ But most of all enjoy every single day because your time at MADD will fly by!

Three words to describe MADD?

One Big Family! Sorry three words is not enough- Commitment, Fun, hard work too!