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Under the Artistic Directorship of Michael Attenborough, the Almeida Theatre returned to its Islington home in May 2003. The Almeida is one of the world's most dynamic and innovative theatres where the finest actors, directors and writers have produced some of the best work of their careers.
Founded in 1980, the Almeida Theatre has become one of the key theatres in London. For over two decades it has operated in Islington, a fashionable district in inner North London, staging its own productions of mainly high-brow plays, including Shakespeare, and acquiring an artistic reputation comparable to the leading theatres in central London.
The theatre was conceived by Lebanese-born, Oxford-educated Pierre Audi in 1978, when he acquired a derelict Salvation Army Hall in an unfashionable part of Islington in North London. In 1990, Ian McDiarmid and Jonathan Kent took over the artistic direction and the Almeida became a full-time theatre for the first time. It is a non-profit producing theatre whose productions regularly play to packed houses and frequently transfer to the West End. Director Michael Attenborough took over as head of the theatre in 2002.