L/Ss of pupils sitting on benches at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Several shots of students dramatically miming on stage to music. The audience watch the spectacle. The commentator says that Laurence Olivier is watching in the audience. L/S and M/S of the young actors and actresses gathered around piano. M/Ss of the performers talking in group. L/Ss and M/S of excerpts from stage plays (all with natural sound)'As You Like It', 'The Rivals' and 'St. Joan'. Good C/Us of the audience studiously watching. M/Ss of the Principal of the Academy Sir Kenneth Barnes saying how much he admires the costumes of the students.