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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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 Until Saturday August 3 2019
It seemed inevitable that the brilliant director Robert Icke wasn’t going to stay as Rupert Goold’s deputy at the Almeida forever, and so it proves, with ‘The Doctor’ his final production for the Islington powerhouse. The play is an adaptation of Arthur...Drama Monday August 12 2019 - Saturday September 28 2019
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 Monday October 7 2019 - Saturday November 23 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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