Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts is an independent drama school situated in the Wood Green area of North London.
It was founded in 1945 by Peter Coxhead and Ralph Nossek as 'The Mountview Theatre Club', an amateur repertory company staging a new production for a six-day run every second week.
Among the club's achievements were Coxhead's staging of Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra, a production of the complete Arnold Wesker Trilogy - Chicken Soup with Barley, Roots and I'm Talking about Jerusalem directed by Peter Scott-Smith - and Buttered Both Sides, a revue written and composed by Mountview member Ted Dicks and directed by Gale Webb, which later transferred to the Fortune Theatre in London's West End.
In the early 1970s, the amateur group was ousted by premises freeholder Coxhead to allow his new commercial theatre school unimpeded access to the theatre and its ancillary facilities.
Mountview is now recognised as one of the country’s leading Academies of Theatre Arts, offering an extensive and stimulating training for those interested in pursuing a Performance, Directing or Technical Theatre career.