The Almeida is part of a national campaign launched by the Theatres Trust to help theatres survive an unprecedented crisis.
The Almeida is an award-winning theatre in the heart of Islington. Along with theatres across the UK, we closed our doors in March 2020. With nearly 90% of our income linked to ticket sales, fundraising and commercial activity, the Covid-19 crisis has had a huge impact on our finances and our survival is at risk.
We hope to be able to safely re-open soon, but we need your support to make this possible. Each and every donation will count.
Why are we crowdfunding?
The Almeida has been an Islington institution for the past 40 years. Millions of people have seen our work on the Almeida stage, in the West End, on national and international tours, on television and in the cinema.
Since March, we’ve been unable to stage our productions or welcome audiences into our building. This has had a devastating impact on our finances. Without urgent support, we we'll be unable to re-open.
We now need theatre-lovers everywhere to help us by donating. Every penny counts.
Your support will help to safeguard our building, our staff and the hundreds of freelance artists and creatives whom we employ each year. With your help, we will be able to re-start our artistic programme and our valuable work with local schools, young people and community organisations.
About the Almeida
The Almeida exists to launch the next generation of British artists onto the world stage.
Since 2013, we've won 40 major awards (including 13 Olivier Awards and 2 Tony Awards) and twice been named The Stage’s ‘London Theatre of the Year’.
In the past four years, 1.1 million+ people have seen our work live at the Almeida and beyond. 4.2 million+ people have seen our work on TV, in the cinema or online. Many of our productions have transferred to the West End and Broadway, and toured internationally.
The Almeida has played a major role in developing many of the UK’s most successful and well-known actors, writers, directors and in the past five years we have produced 17 world premieres.
Our programmes for emerging artists provide a pipeline of diverse new talent into the industry, offering early-career directors, designers and writers the opportunity to work with industry leaders and peers.
We are a cultural keystone for our community. In the past five years, we’ve worked with 16 local schools, more than 20 local charities and community groups and have offered thousands of free tickets for young people aged 25 and under.
About Save Our Theatres
In villages, towns and cities across the country, theatres are at the heart of their community. Places to come together, to be inspired and be entertained. Theatres are where our best-loved actors learn their craft and thousands of others learn valuable skills.
But we risk losing this forever.
Theatres saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Six months later, we still don’t know when they will be able to reopen fully. A decision won’t be made until November at the earliest – too late for most to put on their annual pantomime, which often provides the income to support the theatre for the rest of the year.
This ongoing uncertainty puts theatres in a perilous situation. The government’s bailout is spread across all cultural organisations and certainly won’t be enough to save all of the UK’s theatres.
Every day theatres are facing the tough decision to make staff redundant and to close their doors until next year. And there is a real risk that those closures could be permanent.
Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing theatres. Please help us to make sure our theatres survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.
Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our theatre survive this crisis.