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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Proof that Moriarty was always cooler than Sherlock: where Benedict Cumberbatch 'gave' his Hamlet in the summer of 2015 at the vast Barbican, his screen nemesis Andrew Scott will take on the part of Shakespeare's doomed Danish prince in the tiny, hip...Shakespeare Until Saturday April 8 2017
Lip sync maestro Dickie Beau prowls the Almeida's set of Hamlet, channelling audio recordings of actors performing one of Shakespeare's greatest roles in a solo performance which charts his own failed quest to play the tortured Dane. Directed by Jan willem...Sunday March 19 2017 - Sunday March 26 2017
The mercurial Almeida turns its back on its recent run of classics for a new season that kicks off with the first revival of Martin Crimp's little known 1993 satire 'The Treatment'. Set in the exploitative film world, it's directed by the reliably wonderful...Drama Monday April 24 2017 - Saturday June 10 2017
The brilliant political playwright James Graham – who just scored a big West End hit with 'This House' – does something either incredibly brave or incredibly foolish with 'Ink', a new play about the early years of The Sun newspaper directed by Almeida...Drama Saturday June 17 2017 - Saturday August 5 2017
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
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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.