Name lit up in lights: London's West End stirs dreams


They're in their early 20s and dream of, one day, singing and dancing on stage in London's world-famous West End. But students at one of Britain's top drama schools face a gruelling path to stardom.

First up, winning a highly prized spot at the drama school where some of the acting world's greatest names honed their talents.

Thousands of hopefuls apply each year for one of only dozens of places on the Acting Musical Theatre course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

"We wouldn't offer a place unless we saw the raw talent," said course leader Wendy Gadian.