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.
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.
|Venue name:||Almeida Theatre|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 10am-7.30pm|
|Transport:||Rail/Tube: Highbury & Islington; Rail: Essex Road; Tube: Angel|
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‘The Wild Duck’ review
Totemic Almeida associate Robert Icke is such a ludicrously and consistently good director that I sometimes find myself wearily bracing for the brilliance of his shows. Trotting slowly through the white male canon, in productions rarely shy of three hours,...Drama Until Saturday December 1 2018
Russian playwright Maxim Gorky's 1910 work 'Vassa Zheleznova' is the story of a woman who struggles to hold her chaotic family together, as the Russian Revolution approaches. It's been adapted for the Almeida by Mike Bartlett ('Albion', 'King Charles...Drama Until Friday November 23 2018
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
After turning his hand to a stylish, flamboyantly weird take on 'Edward II' at the National Theatre in 2013, director Joe Hill-Gibbins is taking on another renaissance history play with homoerotic undertones. This time, acting legend Simon Russell Beale...Drama Monday December 10 2018 - Saturday February 2 2019
New York experimental playwright Anne Washburn is known for deliciously creepy, fiercely original plays like 'Mr Burns' and 'The Twilight Zone', both of which have been staged at the Almeida. Now, Almeida boss Rupert Goold is staging the world premiere...Drama Monday February 11 2019 - Saturday March 30 2019
Patsy Ferran's brilliant central turn in 'Summer & Smoke' was one of the highlights of the Almeida's 2018 line-up so its no surprise to see that she's back for another leading role. She'll star in a rewrite of Chekhov's 'Three Sisters' by Cordelia Lynn...Drama Monday April 8 2019 - Saturday June 1 2019
Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg's thriller 'Jagten' explores the moral complexities surrounding a child's false accusation of rape against her teacher. Playwright David Farr has adapted it into 'The Hunt', a new drama which keeps the original's setting...Drama Monday June 17 2019 - Saturday August 3 2019
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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.
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