Almeida Academy

Almeida Academy is a programme of weekly drama classes for young people aged 5 to 14.

Run by industry professionals from a world-class theatre, the Almeida Academy gives children and young people the opportunity to experiment with their creativity, build confidence, develop talent, and most importantly, have fun!

Don't worry if you haven't tried it before - our sessions are open to everybody. Group sizes are small so that we can help each individual develop. Classes last 90 minutes and offer a variety of different activities to develop performance skills. Over the year, each Academy group will work towards a production which brings together the skills and techniques they have been learning throughout the programme.

"It’s really quite unique. You get to learn about scripts, about what really happens in drama, and I think the teachers are really nice." - Participant, Age 9

"I love the Almeida Academy because it gives me confidence to act." - Participant, Age 13

Almeida Academy runs during term time on a Saturday:

5–7 year olds | 12.30pm–2:00pm
8–10 year olds | 2.15pm–3.45pm
11–14 year olds | 4:00pm–5.30pm 

If you would like more information regarding our Academy groups, or would like to express an interest in enrolling your child, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7288 4916.

Past Academy Productions
In 2019, the Almeida Academy groups again worked with writers Emma Pritchard and Sam Gayton to create two new pieces of performance. The young people devised and workshopped ideas with the writers, before performing at the Pleasance Theatre, on Sunday 6 July, 2019. 
Pirate Queen by Emma Pritchard
Scouts Vs. Zombies by Sam Gayton

Pirate Queen Photos

Pirate Queen Photos

Pirate Queen Photos

Pirate Queen Photos

Pirate Queen Photos

Pirate Queen Photos

Pirate Queen Photos

Pirate Queen Photos

Pirate Queen Photos

Pirate Queen Photos

Pirate Queen Photos


Scouts vs. Zombies Photos

Scouts vs. Zombies Photos

Scouts vs. Zombies Photos

Scouts vs. Zombies Photos

Scouts vs. Zombies Photos

Scouts vs. Zombies Photos

Scouts vs. Zombies Photos

Scouts vs. Zombies Photos

Scouts vs. Zombies Photos

Scouts vs. Zombies Photos



Photos by Ellie Kurttz

In 2018, the Academy worked with writers Emma Pritchard and Sam Gayton through a series of workshops and rehearsals to create two brand new pieces of theatre, which were performed on the Almeida stage on Sunday 18 July 2018.
Moon Hoax 

The Guardians 

 Take a look at the performances below:

The Great Moon Hoax

The Great Moon Hoax

The Great Moon Hoax

The Great Moon Hoax

The Great Moon Hoax

The Great Moon Hoax

The Great Moon Hoax

The Great Moon Hoax

The Great Moon Hoax


The Guardians

The Guardians

The Guardians

The Guardians

The Guardians

The Guardians

The Guardians



Photos by Ellie Kurttz.