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The Almeida Theatre (Photo: Philip Vile)

The Almeida Theatre (Photo: Philip Vile)

Line-up announced for Almeida For Free festival 2018

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson Published 19 February 2018

The line-up has been announced for Almeida For Free – Summer & Smoke, the North London venue‘s free festival for anyone aged 25 and under.

The event takes place Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 April and, in addition to three performances of Tennessee Williams’ Summer And Smoke performed entirely for free to 25s and under, features a programme of free live theatre, music, cabaret and comedy, exclusive masterclasses with creative professionals and panel discussions.

As well as late night performances from drag girl band DENIM and award-winning comedian Jayde Adams, attendees can look forward to the first London run of immersive binaural Edinburgh Fringe hit Séance, as well as masterclass workshops from theatre-makers Inua Ellams, Lulu Rackza, Emma Frankland and Kane Husbands.

The venue will also play host to a panel discussion about being a female director in today’s industry, alongside a series of events curated and produced by the Almeida Young Producers and Young Critics.

Matthew Needham and Patsy Ferran in rehearsal for Summer And Smoke (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Matthew Needham and Patsy Ferran in rehearsal for Summer And Smoke (Photo: Marc Brenner)

Alongside the festival, the theatre’s Participation team is running an outreach programme, connecting with local youth organisations and schools to provide workshops, tickets and opportunities to perform on the Almeida stage as part of the organisation’s commitment to engaging with new audiences.

Artistic Director Rupert Goold said today, “I can’t wait to throw open the doors of the theatre to young people for the second Almeida For Free festival, three days crammed full of fearless performance, thought-provoking debates and inspiring workshops.”

Tickets to all events are entirely free, and available to book from midday on Tuesday 20 February through the venue’s website.


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