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Almeida Theatre London

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About the Almeida Theatre

Islington's Almeida Theatre is an intimate space that regularly attracts high calibre talent, including world-renowned actors and visionary directors, with many of its shows transferring to the West End. Dating back to 1837, the venue first became a theatre in 1980, after a campaign led by acclaimed director Pierre Audi, who later became the Almeida’s first Artistic Director.

A refurbishment took place in the early 2000s, which retained the building's original 19th-century features but combined them with the comfort of modern amenities. A curved back wall allows for a vast, flexible stage and for audiences to feel close to the action.

Acclaimed director Rupert Goold is currently at the helm of the Almeida's creative output, which includes radical reimaginings of classic plays alongside new work by major playwrights, including James Graham, Mike Bartlett, Jez Butterworth and Caryl Churchill. A number of the theatre's recent productions have appeared in the West End, including Hamlet starring Andrew Scott, Mary Stuart, and Summer and Smoke.

Plan your visit

Doors to the Almeida Theatre auditorium open around 30 minutes before the show is due to start. The building is open from 10am to 11:30pm on days where there are evening performances.
There is no dress code for the theatre. Visitors should wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
Yes, there is air conditioning throughout the Almeida Theatre.
There is no cloakroom at the Almeida Theatre. Patrons are encouraged not to bring large bags or bicycles as there is no storage at the theatre.
There are a range of security measures used at the Almeida Theatre. Bag and ticket checks will take place upon entry to the theatre, so patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
The Almeida Theatre has a cafe and bar on-premises, open from 11am-11pm. The cafe serves a range of hot and cold food, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Snacks ranging from crisps and nuts, to brownies and ice creams are also available.
The Almeida Theatre is located near Upper Street, which benefits from a wide range of restaurants and pubs within a short walk, including Five Guys, Nando's and The Fox on the Green pub. Alternatively, Italian restaurant Radici is a popular choice for theatregoers due to its location opposite the theatre.
There are several hotel options in the Islington borough, where the Almeida Theatre is located. The Hilton London Islington is located around a 10-minute walk from the theatre and is well connected to the London Underground network. Alternatively, try Citadines Islington for an apart-hotel experience, which is just a one-minute walk away from the Almeida.
The Almeida Theatre opened in 1980, following a successful campaign by theatre director Pierre Audi to convert the then-derelict building into a performing arts venue. The building is Grade II listed by English Heritage. The Almeida Theatre has gone on to build a global reputation for producing innovative works from a diverse range of writers, with many of its productions transferring to the West End.

Help booking tickets

Ticket collection is available at the box office on the day of your performance. We recommend patrons arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and allow enough time to enter the auditorium. Please ensure you bring your confirmation email and a form of ID.
The box office at the Almeida Theatre is open from 10am until 7:30pm Monday to Saturday and customers are able to make in-person bookings during these periods. Between 6-7:30pm on performance days, priority is given to customers booking or collecting for the imminent performance.
The Almeida Theatre box office can be contacted directly on 020 7359 4404.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
The Almeida Theatre auditorium can be hired for private events and corporate events, including film shoots, product launches and conferences. The Almeida Cafe and foyer spaces can also be hired for private use, such as parties and receptions. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer, please call 020 7288 4900 or email hires@almeida.co.uk.
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