The theatre is situated on Almeida Street, Islington, London N1 1TA
The theatre has a Grade 2 listing, built originally in 1837 in the fashionable Neo-Greek style. Extensive refurbishment, completed in 2003 transformed the front of house areas of the foyer and bar into a bright airy space – the foyer retaining its courtyard feel though now with a glass covered ceiling to protect patrons from the elements. Its exterior is painted a crisp white and unique features like the famous curved brick wall at the back of the stage remain unchanged.
If you’re coming by tube, the nearest stations are Highbury & Islington and Angel.
London Overground trains also stop at Highbury and Islington.
From Highbury and Islington station, turn right out of the station, then almost immediately right again onto Upper Street – Almeida Street is on the same side about 1 km along the road.
From Angel station, turn right onto Upper St and cross the busy road at the pedestrian crossing, which is about twenty metres along from the station entrance. After crossing the road, turn right and continue on Upper Street. Almeida Street is on the left after about 1 km.
If you don’t want to walk from the stations bus routes 4, 19, 30 or 43 all run along Upper Street close to Almeida Street. If you are traveling north along Upper Street from the direction of Angel station – (bus stop Y), alight at bus stop P, opposite St Mary’s church. Approximately 50m further along Upper Street is the left turn into Almeida Street.
If you are traveling south along Upper Street from the direction of Highbury & Islington station, alight at the St Mary’s church bus stop N, continue in this direction approximately 20m to a zebra crossing. Cross the road, turning right and continue along approximately 50 metres, then turn left into Almeida Street. The theatre entrance is on the left hand side of the street approximately twenty metres along. Please not that regardless of the direction of travel the audio announcement on the bus route for bus stops P and N will say ‘St Mary’s Church’.
Patrons can be dropped off by car on Almeida Street outside the theatre’s main entrance.
There is no designated car park, but pay and display parking is available on Almeida Street. Blue badge holders can park in a pay and display bay, or a residents’ bay free of charge, for an unlimited period of time. If they display a clock, they can park on a yellow line for three hours. These restrictions end at 6.30 on weekdays and 1.30 on Saturday. Parking is also available at the Business Design Centre car park, off Upper Street. From there, turn left along Upper Street and then left again into Almeida Street. This walk is approximately 500 metres.
The entrance to the theatre is on Almeida Street and is fronted by three large glass panels. The larger left hand panel is an automatic door, which slides to the left when a circular metallic pad is pressed. The pad has the symbol of a blue wheelchair on it and is located on the wall to the left, at a height of 1 metre from the floor. The two glass panels to the right of the automatic door are doors open away from you. When you go through the main doors, you will find yourself in the foyer area.
The Almeida Theatre foyer is a bright, airy space with a glass roof, allowing natural light to flood in during the day. In the evenings it is lit with spotlights. The foyer space stretches to a length of about 16 metres. It is about 4 metres wide, with its most striking feature being a ramped walkway. This runs along most of the right hand wall and across the far wall opposite the entrance, rising to a height of about a metre.
You can collect your tickets from the Box Office, which is immediately to your right as you come through the main entrance. You should also collect your headsets here and your Braille or large print cast lists. Programmes can be bought from the Box Office or Programme Box, which is in the far left corner of the foyer. Ushers will also be selling programmes.
The toilets are situated at the far left of the foyer. To get there you can use the ramped walkway. The beginning of the ramp is on the right of the foyer, about three metres along from the box office. Follow the ramped walkway up, and then follow the handrail round to the left. About four metres along on the right is an open arched doorway, which is the entrance to the toilets. As you pass through the arch you will be in a small square lobby with the men’s toilet directly to your right, the ladies on your immediate left and the accessible toilet straight ahead. The entrance to the accessible toilet has a concertina door, which slides to the left. The doors to the other toilets are standard doors, which open inwards, away from you. Alternatively you can get to the toilets by crossing the foyer to the left hand corner, and enter the small lobby via three steps.
If you would like to listen to the introductory notes, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat fifteen minutes before the start of the performance. Staff will be circulating in the foyer and will be able to assist you with any requirements you may have.
The auditorium is painted a deep burnt umber. It is divided into two main sections, the stalls and the circle, seating a total of just over 300 people.
There are two ways of entering the stalls. One is via the ramped walkway and the other is up four steps. The beginning of the ramp is on the right side of the foyer about three metres along from the box office. It rises gradually for about seven metres before dividing to the left or right. Turn right, and the ramp will double back, following the wall of the foyer. The door to the stalls is about six metres along on the left. The steps that lead up to the stalls are immediately to the right of the start of the ramp, at a right angle to it. Take the first two steps then turn sharp left and take the second two. The entrance to the stalls is on the right.
The seats are padded bench style with back-rests, and flip up when not in use. The stalls are made up of one main central block of seats with two smaller sections either side separated by aisles. The central block has eleven rows and has approximately ten seats in rows A-D and approximately sixteen seats in rows E-L. Occasionally some shows will have an additional front row named AA row. The side blocks have six rows with approximately five seats in each.
The stalls area has a very gradual slope down towards the stage and some, but not all end of row seats are fitted with arms to assist mobility. If you require a seat with an arm please speak to the box office staff.
The auditorium has three wheelchair spaces, most of which are located on the front row of the stalls with some performances offering the choice of one wheelchair space in row C.
The Circle is accessed via two stairways, which have their entrances on Almeida Street. If your seat is in the circle you should leave the theatre by the main entrance after you have collected your headset, and turn left onto Almeida Street. The first door is only two or three metres along the road and is the entrance for those with seat numbers 1- 16. The second door is a few metres further and is for seat numbers 17- 33. There are 27 steps on each staircase with handrails on both sides.
The circle is made up of a main central block of five rows with approximately twenty seats in each row and two small blocks either side of that. The seats in the side blocks overlook the stage from a sideways angle. They have two rows of approximately five seats
Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.
Useful information and contact details
At the Almeida Theatre Guide dogs are allowed in the auditorium, although guide dog care outside the auditorium is also available. Dog bowls for water can be provided by the front of house Bar.
If you are bringing a guide dog, or if you require any further information before your visit, please phone the box office access line on 020 7288 4999 – Monday to Saturday between 10am and 6pm. Or the box office general line on 020 7359 4404.
If you have access to email, you can contact the theatre at firstname.lastname@example.org. The fax number is 020 7288 4918.
The Almeida Bar is situated just off the main foyer to the left as you enter. It is open Mon- Sat 11.30am – 11.30pm. Hot food is served from 12 noon until half an hour before the show and cold food served throughout the day.
The bar is fully licensed and a variety of hot and cold drinks is available. The bar can be contacted on 020 7288 4900 or via email at email@example.com.