Almeida Theatre

Theatre, Off-West End Barnsbury
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Rupert Goold  (© Rob Greig)
© Rob Greig

Rupert Goold (artistic director)

Islington's mercurial powerhouse has waxed strong under current artistic director Rupert Goold

One of London's most mercurial and influential houses, the 325-seat Almeida Theatre began life as a radical international receiving house in the '80s, before the joint artistic directorship of Ian McDiarmid and Jonathan Kent led to a stable '90s marked by a close relationship with the great Harold Pinter, whose final plays all premiered there.

The current artistic director is Rupert Goold, who has electrified a venue that had grown rather genteel under its previous leader Michael Attenborough with a mix of bold new writing, interesting experiments and radical reinventions. Under his leadership the venue scooped Best Play at the Oliviers two years on the trot, for 'Chimerica' (2013) and 'King Charles III' (2014).

Tickets are reasonably priced, with special offers for concessions, Islington locals and under-30s.

The bar – arguably a slightly bourgeois hangover from the Attenborough era – is light and airy with a pleasant seasonal menu.


Venue name: Almeida Theatre
Address: Almeida St
N1 1TA
Transport: Rail/Tube: Highbury & Islington; Rail: Essex Road; Tube: Angel
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  • Drama Until Saturday January 6 2018
  • Drama Saturday August 12 2017 - Saturday September 30 2017
  • Drama Tuesday October 10 2017 - Friday November 24 2017
  • Drama Tuesday December 5 2017 - Saturday January 27 2018
  • Drama Saturday February 24 2018 - Saturday April 7 2018

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Richard N

The Almeida is a cosy, intimate space which consistently produces amazing theatre. It's a shame I only discovered it now and missed out some of their best productions. Nonetheless, if you like theatre, the Almeida remains a must visit if you're ever in London, catch whatever they have playing at the time because it's almost certain to be great. I caught The Treatment on my recent visit, and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a quality space to find quality theatre, and you'll be kicking yourself if you've never been here even once. 


I have visited The Almeida many times and I am never disappointed. A place where you can go and see exciting and innovative theatre. My most recent trip there I went to see Oil,it was fantastic. Fabulously performed and a great cast to boot. I would always recommend checking out what they have on,it's worth a beeline to north London to catch something original and captivating. There is also a nice cafe there that also does good meze and pre-show nibbles. 

Emma B

Fantastic theatre showcasing some amazing work, shame the audience can be a little rude and snotty at times but definitely worth visiting regardless.

Nicole S

The Almeida is ab absolutely beautiful theatre putting on amazing, off-the-West-End talent. I loved seeing American Psycho here and I'm already looking forward to Hamlet tickets when they become available next February.


One of the best theatres in London; almost everything here is fresh, exciting and I've seen some absolute classics. The small size of the theatre gives productions an intimate feel but with West-End standard cast and direction with shows debuted here like 1984, Oresteia, King Charles III and Chimerica (all must-sees) moving onto the larger theatres downtown.  

If you can, avoid the rather cramped circle and pay a little extra for the stalls.  If on a budget a top tip; the "restricted view" tickets are brilliant value and in my experience just mean a pillar in your peripheral vision.

al d

Great location for a bite to eat pre/ post show. Friendly staff

Brianna D

I have never seen a bad play here. Always mind-blowing, always left of centre, always amazing acting. Exciting new actors, directors and exemplary staging makes the Almeida a must-visit if you're after a night of theatre.

Aidan C

Truly amazing organisation and venue. An inclusive, international creative powerhouse on our local doorstep. Productions have involved local kids and actors, been streamed online and provided fascinating free and cheap supporting events. I feel lucky to have seen so much of their entertaining and world class theatre. I hope locals, arts bodies and businesses continue to support and help fund their work.

Sarah P

The Almeida theatre is nestled in the heart of Islington – a little off the beaten track but surrounded by lots of top notch and quirky restaurants; so a dinner and theatre affair at the Almeida feels all the more unique & special compared to the standard dinner & theatre deal options available in the West end. The space is relatively small but doesn’t feel budget / lacking in quality – and all adds to the intimate feel of the theatre.