Explore Mountview's History

Since 1945, Mountview has been one of the UK’s most vibrant and dynamic drama schools.

Mountview started life at a military base in Sri Lanka at the end of World War II. When founder Peter Coxhead was told he would be unable to join the Officers’ theatre club, he set up his own. Upon moving home to London after the war, Peter decided to continue making theatre and training hopeful actors, and, when he decided to name it after his local telephone exchange in Crouch End, Mountview was born.

Since then, Mountview has produced a wealth of talented performers, production artists, directors, musical directors and creative producers.

You can explore some of this history through pictures, relive old times and add your own memories on our digital archive, below.

Explore Mountview’s first 70 years