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Almeida For Free: King Lear

Free events exclusively for 25s & under

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Wed 21 - Thu 22 Feb 2024

From Wed 21 – Thu 22 Feb, we will be holding free workshops and a free performance of King Lear exclusively for those aged 25 and under. Scroll down for more information on each event.

Tickets for all events go on sale on Mon 12 Feb at 5pm.

All events as part of Almeida For Free are free and exclusive to audiences aged 25 and under.

Danny Sapani is seen looking straight ahead and covering half his face with his hand, on his hand he is wearing many rings.

king lear for free Performance

This free performance is exclusively for those aged 25 and under
Thu 22 Feb 7pm
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Nothing will come of nothing.

We all must face the moment of truth that we won’t live forever.

Lear, father and king of unquestioned power, must divide his realm between his three daughters. The first two quickly declare the love he is desperate to hear, yet his favourite Cordelia shuns the performative circus. “Nothing” she answers, when asked to speak. And towards that nothing Lear’s world begins to slide.

As the new generation unleashes the consequences of their father’s choices, Lear takes us into the eye of the storm and its trail of destruction.

Following her Olivier Award-nominated The Tragedy of Macbeth, Yaël Farber directs Danny Sapani (Killing EveHymn) as King Lear in Shakespeare’s poignant, morally ambiguous, and subversive epic.

Tickets are free and exclusive to those aged 25 and under, limited to 2 per person. Proof of age must be brought to the performance for each ticketholder.

We have a limited amount of extra tickets available for youth groups who would like to attend. Please contact participate@almeida.co.uk if you would like to request tickets for your group.

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This performance will be captioned. To book and for further information please contact the Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or email boxoffice@almeida.co.uk.

You can find the full production information about King Lear  here>

workshop on Wigs, Hair and Make Up for Creative Industries

Wed 21 Feb 11am (approx. 2 hours)
Location: New Unity Hall, 277A Upper St, London N1 2TZ
Tickets for this event are limited to one per person

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Join King Lear’s Wigs, Hair & Make Up Supervisor, Sophia Khan, for this workshop as she takes a deep dive into her work with a specific focus on styling curly, textured and afro hair and her approach to building character through hair and make up. This will be a session with practical elements including blood and special effects (SFX) make up on skin.

This is a workshop for anyone interested in learning more about the role of Wigs, Hair and Make Up in the creative industries and working with afro and textured hair.

If places are full, please email participate@almeida.co.uk with the subject ‘WHAM Workshop’ to be put on a waiting list.

Image of a wig on a mannequin's head

DIRECTING SHAKESPEARE WITH Danielle Kassaraté

Danielle Kassaraté in rehearsals for King Lear

Thu 22 Feb 11am (approx. 2 hours)
Location: New Unity Hall, 277A Upper St, London N1 2TZ
Tickets for this event are limited to one per person

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Join Danielle Kassaraté, Assistant Director of King Lear, for this workshop in directing. Danielle will share some of the methods used in rehearsal for King Lear, explore specific techniques when working with classical text, and unpack some useful tools for directors and actors.

Danielle is an actor, director, and co-founder of MAWA Theatre Company- the UK’s first all Black, all female Shakespeare Company. This session is suitable for anyone with an interest in directing or acting and working with Shakespeare or classical texts.

If places are full, please email participate@almeida.co.uk with the subject ‘Directing Shakespeare’ to be put on the waiting list.

Acting Shakespeare with akiya henry

Thu 22 Feb 2pm (approx. 2 hours)
Location: New Unity Hall, 277A Upper St, London N1 2TZ
Tickets for this event are limited to one per person

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Join Akiya Henry, who plays Goneril in King Lear, in this practical acting workshop as she explores approaches to acting and performing Shakespeare and classical text. Akiya will share her experience and insights from her career.

Akiya returns to the Almeida following her Oliver-nominated performance in The Tragedy of Macbeth in 2021. On stage, Akiya has worked at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe and Bristol Old Vic amongst many others.

This session will be suitable for anyone interested in developing their acting skills and exploring Shakespeare.

If places are full, please email participate@almeida.co.uk with the subject: ‘Acting Shakespeare‘ to be put on the waiting list.

Akiya Henry in rehearsals for King Lear

Emerging Global Majority Creatives Link-Up

Production photo from Anthem Live

Thu 22 Feb 4pm (approx. 2 hours)
Location: 108 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN
Tickets for this event are limited to one per person

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Are you an emerging creative? Join us for a curated networking event to meet some of our in-house department members and Associate Creatives. Link up with freelancers and those who work in theatre buildings to discover more about navigating a career within the creative industry in non-performance roles. 

This event is aimed at *Global Majority creatives aged 25 and under to engage and connect in an informal setting. It will be hosted by Déviniat Adedibu and will feature a range of artists associated with the Almeida Theatre.

There will be snacks and light refreshments.

Please note: as part of this booking, you will have the opportunity to reserve a ticket for the King Lear For Free performance on Thu 22 Feb at 7pm. Details on how to book will be sent separately.   

*We define ‘Global Majority’ as Black African, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, South Asian & Southeast Asian heritage, including those of mixed-Black or mixed-Asian heritage.

If places are full, please email participate@almeida.co.uk with the subject: ‘Creatives Link-Up’ to be put on the waiting list.

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