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.
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'Ink' transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre Sep 9-Jan 6 Interview: 'there is blood on their hands' – James Graham on 'Ink', The Sun and Murdoch Located deep in the constituency of that nemesis of the white van man Emily Thornberry, Islington’s hip...Drama Until Saturday January 6 2018
Ben Whishaw returns to the Almeida – following 2015's 'The Bacchae' – to star in a new play by American writer Christopher Shinn, directed by Ian Rickson. 'Against' is set in 'Silicon Valley. The future' and follows an aerospace billionaire's attempt...Drama Saturday August 12 2017 - Saturday September 30 2017
With the EU referendum well over a year old, the dramas assessing British identity are starting to roll in. The description for the Almeida's latest is rather cryptic – 'in the ruins of a garden in rural England, in a house which was once home, one woman...Drama Tuesday October 10 2017 - Friday November 24 2017
The Twilight Zone
Gratifyingly doing what it days on the tin, Anne Washburn's 'The Twilight Zone' is in a very literal sense an adaptation of three stories from the classic supernatural American TV series of the same name. In some hands it might smack of novelty, but considering...Drama Tuesday December 5 2017 - Saturday January 27 2018
Summer and Smoke
This 1948 Tennessee Williams play has a fascinatingly fraught production history: its original run fell rather flat, a flop after his hits 'The Glass Menagerie' and 'A Streetcar Named Desire', but its 1952 revival is a thing of legend largely associated...Drama Saturday February 24 2018 - Saturday April 7 2018
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Fantastic theatre showcasing some amazing work, shame the audience can be a little rude and snotty at times but definitely worth visiting regardless.
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.
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.
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.
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.