We are just a five-minute walk from London Underground station, Debden, where you can travel in only thirty minutes to Central London, West End theatres and mainline train stations including Eurostar. We often present students’ own work at theatres and studios in London.
Loughton is situated on the edge of Epping Forest, a 6,000-acre ancient woodland which is ideal for leisure pursuits including walking, running, cycling and horse riding. The town offers a rich variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés and has a leisure centre providing gym and pool facilities.
We have three sites at our Loughton Campus – Hatfields, Roding House and Unit Four. Hatfields is a beautiful Georgian dower house, set in five acres of lawns with orchards, flowerbeds and a small lake, providing an idyllic atmosphere for study, relaxation and performance.
Just a short walk from Hatfields is Roding House, a £1.3 million facility containing ten rehearsal rooms, a green room/café, a sound recording studio and a video editing suite and our costume department.
Next to Roding House, Unit Four is a £1.5 million facility which is home to the Stage and Production Management department. The Unit contains a large workshop, paint shop, prop shop, prop storage facilities and teaching spaces.
Facilities and resources
- Courtyard Studios – six large rehearsal spaces
- Radio Studio – equipped for the recording of radio plays and voice-over work
- Orchard Studios – three additional rehearsal spaces
- Dance studio – first-class facilities for ballet, jazz and other movement work
- 14 additional 14 studios for students to use
- Screening room – equipped with a large screen and stereo sound, used for lectures, guest speaker presentations and for screening films produced by our students.
- the school’s own, fully equipped theatre, the Corbett Theatre
We are also expanding the Loughton Campus, building additional studios.
The Corbett Theatre
The Corbett Theatre was built inside a medieval tithe barn and is used extensively for student productions. Named in honour of Harry H Corbett, a key Theatre Workshop member and early benefactor of East 15, this medieval building was dismantled and transported to Hatfields in the 1960s.
These unusual origins create a unique performance space with a special atmosphere. With full technical facilities, tiered seating for 125 people and fitted dressing rooms, the theatre provides an excellent resource for public productions. Lectures, rehearsals and technical classes also take place here, while the adjacent Theatre Foyer Bar and Café provides a social meeting point for students and staff.
Library and IT Lab
Our brand new, purpose built, Library and IT Lab provides internet access, printers and photocopiers. There is also wireless connectivity throughout the site. Students can also use the library resources at the Colchester Campus library, providing access to over one million books, periodical issues and microfilms, including 7,300 current periodicals. Books are delivered to Loughton via a regular van service between the campuses.
Redevelopment of student facilities
With work now completed on the development of the new Library and the much expanded Corbett Theatre Foyer Bar and Café, we are now awaiting the scheduling of the next phase of construction at the Loughton Campus.