Welcoming You To The Almeida

BY Almeida Theatre   October 28, 2020

We are working hard to make visiting the theatre as safe as possible for everyone. We are following the up-to-date COVID-19 advice and guidelines and we will update this page should any of our guidance or UK Government regulations change.

In light of the recent rise in cases we wanted to reassure everyone of the measures we have in place – which includes the daily testing of our cast. But also ask you to help us keep the theatre safe for you, our team and other audience members.

It is now a legal requirement for all visitors to wear a face covering while in the theatre, unless exempt or when eating or drinking.

Please take a rapid lateral flow COVID-19 test before your visit. You can order these tests for free from the NHS website.

We have enhanced our cleaning and the theatre will be cleaned throughout the day and thoroughly between every performance. Hand sanitiser stations will be positioned at the entrance and throughout the building.

We will keep fresh air circulating in the foyer and bar spaces, and inside the theatre our reconfigured air conditioning system pulls in 100% fresh air into the auditorium.

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But we also need your help to keep the theatre safe for you, other audience members and our team. So please take the time to read our guide to visiting the Almeida:


Contactless Tickets: All our tickets are now available as e-tickets, which can be printed at home or shown on a digital device when you arrive.

Greater Flexibility: For extra reassurance we have extended our usual ticket exchange policy and we will be offering you the ability to exchange your tickets up to 24 hours before your performance.

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Take a rapid lateral flow test: The UK Government recommends everyone takes a rapid lateral flow coronavirus (COVID-19) test before they go into busy or enclosed spaces, to help limit the spread of the virus. You can order these tests for free from the NHS website.

Feeling Unwell? Please do not travel to the theatre if you or anyone in your group is infected with or are showing any symptoms of COVID-19. 

If you or anyone in your group tests positive or has been instructed to self-isolate, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible and we will try and re-arrange your tickets. We have extended our usual ticket exchange policy and you will be able to exchange your tickets up to 24 hours before your performance.

Bring A Face Covering: During your visit you must wear a face covering at all times, except if you are exempt or when eating or drinking. This is now mandated by the UK Government and will help keep our staff and other audience members safe.

Dress For The Weather: We will try to get everyone to their seats as quickly and safely as soon as possible, but we may need to ask you to queue outside of the theatre so please bring appropriate clothing and umbrellas where necessary.

Travel: Consider your travel options in advance and try to cycle or walk to the theatre where possible. Please make sure you arrive at the theatre in good time.

E-tickets: Make sure you have downloaded your ticket to your digital device or have a copy printed.

Pack Light: Limit the number of unnecessary items you bring to the theatre. We don’t have a cloakroom or bag storage facilities and large bags can’t be taken into the auditorium.

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Arrive Early: Please try to arrive at the theatre in good time as it may not be possible to admit latecomers.

Join The Queue: On arrival at the venue please join the queue outside, ensuring you maintain a safe distance from others.

Wear A Face Covering: Please put on your face covering before entering the building.

Sanitise Your Hands: We will have hand sanitiser available as you enter and in key locations across the building.

NHS Test & Trace: We encourage every visitor aged over 16 to scan the official NHS QR code using the NHS COVID-19 app when you arrive.

Ticket Check: Have your ticket ready to show a member of our Front of House team either on your digital device or have a copy printed.

Bar service: There will be a bar service available to purchase refreshments to take into the auditorium.


Find our full FAQs about visiting the Almeida Theatre here.

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