A London stage school where Ray Winstone studied is to close after falling into financial crisis.

The Corona Theatre School in Hampton, west London has been suffering a $40,000 (£25,000)-per-month shortfall since a major backer pulled out, and pupils have now been told the institution is to close.

Principal Mary Greco has confirmed that unless new funding is found quickly, the school will not reopen after the upcoming half-term holiday this month (Feb13).

Others to have studied at the school include Only Fools and Horses actor Nicholas Lyndhurst, The Sweeney's Dennis Waterman, and Mark Lester, the child star of movie musical Oliver!