#SaveOurTheatres - Almeida Theatre

by Sarah Harwood in London, England, United Kingdom


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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 31st October 2020 at 12:00pm

The Almeida is part of a campaign launched by the Theatres Trust to help theatres across the UK. Please help safeguard the Almeida's future.

by Sarah Harwood in London, England, United Kingdom

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. 



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£60 or more

Almeida Friends Membership

For a donation of £60 you can become an Almeida Friend and receive Priority Booking ahead of the general public, along with an exclusive e-Newsletter.

£150 or more

Bronze Friends Membership

For a donation of £150 you can become a Bronze Friend and enjoy two days advance Priority Booking ahead of Almeida Friends, accreditation in Almeida Theatre programmes, along with an exclusive eNewsletter.

£350 or more

Silver Friends Membership

For a donation of £350 you can become a Silver Friend and enjoy the benefits of being a Bronze Friend, plus the additional benefit of a personalised booking service through the Development department.

£600 or more

Gold Friends Membership

For a donation of £600 you can become a Gold Friend and enjoy all the benefits of Silver and Bronze Friends, plus invitations to special events.

£1,500 or more

Patron Membership

For a contribution of £1,500 (benefits £624, suggested donation £876), you can become a Patron of the Almeida Theatre. Patrons enjoy access to an exclusive allocation of tickets through a personalised booking service, Priority Booking ahead of the general public, the opportunity to book house seats (subject to availability) and invitations to special events. The donation portion is a suggested donation to which gift aid applies.

£3,250 or more

Benefactor Membership

For a contribution of £3,250 (benefits value £624, suggested donation £2,626), you can become a Benefactor of the Almeida Theatre. Benefactors enjoy all the benefits of Almeida Patrons, plus invitations to Press Nights, acknowledgement in our theatre foyers, and a backstage tour. The donation portion is a suggested donation to which Gift Aid provisions apply.

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