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    Rupert Goold (artistic director)

  • Theatre | Off-West End
  • Islington
  • Recommended

Almeida Theatre

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


Time Out says

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. 

Tickets are reasonably priced, with special offers for students, Islington locals, over 65s and under-25s.

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


Almeida St
N1 1TA
Rail/Tube: Highbury & Islington; Rail: Essex Road; Tube: Angel
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm
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What’s on

Alma Mater

In what feels like an adjacent but certainly relevant piece of programming in light of the turmoil currently gripping US colleges campuses, the world premiere of Australian playwright Kendall Feaver’s drama concerns Jo Mulligan, the well meaning head of a prestigious college, the first woman to ever hold the role. But when a shocking incident occurs on campus, Joe is thrown into conflict with justice-hungry student Nikki. The great Lia Williams stars as Jo, with Phoebe Campbell (from ‘The House of the Dragon’) as Nikki. Polly Findlay directs.

  • Drama

The Years

A real coup for the Almeida – and for Europhile theatre lovers in London – as new Internationaal Theater Amsterdam artistic director Eline Arbo (aka Ivo van Hove’s replacement at the influential company) debuts an English language version of her hit play ‘The Years’. An adaptation of French writer Annie Ernaux’s critically acclaimed third-person memoir, the book and play are a vivid account of her life as a woman in France from the end of the Second World War to the early ’00s. An excellent cast of Deborah Findlay, Romola Garai, Gina McKee, Anjli Mohindra and Harmony Rose-Bremner star.

  • Experimental
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