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“An intimate venue to watch a play”
Review of Almeida Theatre

Almeida Theatre
Ranked #448 of 1,695 things to do in London
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Owner description: The Almeida Theatre is known for attracting A-list hollywood talent to perform in live productions.
Reviewed May 11, 2013

My wife and I went to see a play here and not knowing anything about it before hand I had no idea what to expect. What we found when we arrived was a lovely place with a light and airy foyer with bar and seating. The auditorium was small (maybe around 300 seats) but the seats we had were comfortable and the whole place was clean and not at all tired looking like some of the bigger venues around London.

It's a little walk from Angel tube station so it's worth grabbing a taxi or bus if you aren't up for the walk (about 10-15mins walk) but its straight forward if you do want to get a little exercise before sitting down for a few hours.

The staff were friendly. The couple in the seats next to us arrived late for the show, being too small to sneak in and watch at the back they were allowed to watch on a monitor with a copy of the script. They joined at the interval very happy if not a little embarrassed for their error. There aren't many places that look after you like that.

The play itself was great too but that's not for this review. I'd definitely not think twice before going to see something else there.

Thank Mark A
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

The Almeida Theatre has very similar characteristics to the Donmar Warehouse, a stage at ground level, intimate by its proximity to the audience, where what matters are the actors and their performances. Far from the big theaters, the Almeida provides an environment closer to the viewer and first class facilities.

My first play goes back to the year 2005, Macbeth with the excellent performance of Simon Russell Beale, whom I could personally congratulate. Over the years I have seen works such as the controversial Big white fog, Kicking a dead horse written and directed by Sam Shepard, and the wonderful, haunting and deeply revealing of human nature, Duet for one with the splendid interpretation of Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman.

Never in all these years, I have been disappointed with the plays I've seen, as in the case of King Lear with masterful Starring Jonathan Pryce.

If to all this we add that the theater is 10 minutes from Angel tube station, surrounded by small restaurants to enjoy dinner before the theater as Carluccios, a restaurant-store with their wonderful Italian homemade pasta or a good beer at the Camden Head Pub which has a wonderful summer terrace, this theater is splendidly located.

When I go to a play at the matinee on Saturday, I usually arrive before noon to wander around the Camden Passage, a market where that day antique dealers in the area exposed to air.

Thank alkuino
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

What a fabulous play this is.
If you are fan of the 1950s styling of Agatha Christie or Noel Coward then this is the play for you. At times funny and other poignant this play about a family coming to terms with a terrible dark secret is a must see.

The set is glorious, the direction crisp and the pace captivating with every actor on stage believable and honest.

Well done to the Almeida theatre for putting on yet another tremendous show

Thank matt_evans75
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Always great to see good plays in more intimate theatre locations outside of the 'West End'. Islington's Upper Street is one of the fun places to hang out in London and this theatre on Almeida Street, off Upper Street, about 10 minutes walk from The Angel tube station is a great place. Obviously the experience depends on the quality of the play and performance, but we had a great evening watching 'Befoire The Party' last week.

Thank Raymond H
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

The Almeida is a small serious theatre in Islington which has a good cafe and bar. The sets, lighting and sound are of a,high quality and were the extras in the cast. It made turning of the Screw scary so my companion jumped! The play is finished, but the point is that have a look at this theatres productions as they are of a quality as good as the main west end. The box office and bar staff are very helpful, best tickets are £32 and you do not have to go on a mountain hike to reach affordable seats. In addition there are affordable fabulous bars and restaurants to enjoy.

Thank Hatepacking
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