History of the Almeida
The Almeida Theatre is a 325 seat venue in the heart of Islington. Built in 1837, originally as the Scientific and Literary Institute of Islington, the building has undergone many reincarnations including a Victorian music hall, a Salvation Army citadel, when the balcony was most likely added, and a factory for carnival novelties.
The Almeida is known worldwide for producing an adventurous and diverse range of British and international drama with some of the world’s finest artists. In its unique space, uniting the epic and the intimate, the Almeida presents classics, aiming to reveal them in a new light, alongside brand new plays from across the English-speaking world.
Explore the Almeida
You can find out more about the history of this fascinating building on our theatre tours. Led by an experienced guide they offer the opportunity to explore the depths of the theatre including backstage, wardrobe, and technical departments, as well as the history of the building through its many incarnations. We finish the tours with a complimentary tea or coffee in the bar.
Eating and Drinking
The Almeida Theatre Bar offers simple, quality dishes prepared in our kitchen, a great wine list, fine coffees and a relaxed atmosphere, and in the evening becomes a lively bar for audience and actors alike.
Light and airy in the daytime, it is an ideal place to meet friends for lunch, make use of our free Wifi connection, or just relax and read the papers.