The Almeida 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 â€“ 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.
The theatre is situated on Almeida Street, Islington, London N1 1TA.
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 the new pedestrianized route onto Upper Street – Almeida Street is on the same side about 1 km along the road. The first street you will cross is Laycock Street, followed by a traffic light controlled crossing on Islington Park Street, then Barnsbury Street, Waterloo Terrace and finally Almeida Street.
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. The first Street you will cross is Berners Road near the Business Design Centre, then Theberton Street and finally Almeida Street. Â Â If you donâ€™t want to walk from the stations use the bus routes listed below.
Buses 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 Maryâ€™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 â€˜St Maryâ€™s Churchâ€™.
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. These parking restrictions end at 6.30pm on weekdays and 1.30pm 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.
Blue badge holders can park in a pay and display bay, or a residentâ€™s 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.
Picking up tickets and headsets
The entrance to the theatre is on Almeida Street and is fronted by three large glass panels. The double panel on the left is an automatic door, which slides to the left when a circular metallic pad is pressed. The pad is located on the wall to the left of the panel, a metre from the floor. The two single glass panels to the right of the automatic door open both ways when pushed and lead into the main foyer.
The foyer space stretches out in front of us to a length of about 16 metres and is about 4 metres wide. There is a ramped walkway that runs along most of the right hand wall and across the far wall, rising to a height of about a metre along its total length.
You can collect your tickets from the Box Office, which is immediately to your right as you come through the main entrance doors. You should also collect your headsets here and your Braille or large print cast lists. Programmes can be bought from the Box Office, or the Programme Kiosk, which is in the far left corner of the foyer.
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 with the gentlemen’s toilet directly to your right, the ladies on your immediate left and the accessible toilet straight ahead.
The entrance to the accessible toilet is via a concertina door, which slides to the left and 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 past the kiosk and up three steps.
If you would like to listen to the introductory notes they will be broadcast fifteen minutes before the start of the performance. Staff will be circulating throughout the theatre and will be able to assist you.
The Theatre Auditorium
Â The auditorium is painted a deep burnt umber; the seats are padded bench style with backs and flip up when not in use. The auditorium is air conditioned and has a Sennheiser infrared assisted listening system.
The auditorium is divided into two main sections, the stalls and the circle. Please note from time to time this may change due to the nature of a production, if this is the case we will amend the information to the introductory notes to the production. There are usually 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 stalls are often made up of one main central block of seats with two smaller sections either side separated by aisles. The central block has eleven rows. The smaller side blocks have six rows. The stalls seating has a very gradual slope down towards the stage and some end of row seats are fitted with arm rests to assist mobility. The stalls auditorium has wheelchair spaces located in rows A and C.
The Circle is accessed via two stairways, which have their entrances on Almeida Street. There are 27 steps on each staircase with handrails on both sides.
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 a few 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.
The circle is made up of a main central block of four rows with an additional 5 seats at the back either side, and two small blocks of seats either side of the main central block. The seats in the side blocks overlook the stage from a sideways angle.
In the stalls there are 209 seats and the circle has 112.
Useful Information and Contact Numbers
Assistance dogs are allowed in the auditorium, although guide dog care outside the auditorium is also available. Dog bowls for water etc. 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 on 020 73594404 – Monday to Saturday between 10am and 6pm.
If you have access to email, you can contact the theatre at email@example.com. Almeida is spelt A – L -M – E – I – D – A.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the end of the practical information. We hope you enjoy your visit