Almeida for Free festival programme announced

The Almeida Theatre. Photo: Philip Vile
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The Almeida Theatre in London has unveiled the line-up for its second free festival for young people, which coincides with its production of Summer and Smoke.

Alongside three special performances, when the audiences will be made up entirely of 25s and under seeing the show for free, the theatre will host a free programme of late-night performances, masterclasses and discussions.

Drag girl band Denim and comedian Jayde Adams will feature, alongside the first London run of immersive binaural Edinburgh Fringe show Seance.

Playwrights Inua Ellams and Lulu Raczka will hold workshops, as will theatremaker Emma Frankland and director Kane Husbands.

The programme includes acting masterclasses led by the Summer and Smoke cast, and an insight into theatre design.

A panel discussion about being a female theatre director in today’s industry will also take place, in addition to a series of events curated and produced by the Almeida’s young producer and critic programmes.

Almeida for Free – Summer and Smoke runs from April 3 to 5.

Artistic director Rupert Goold said: “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.”

The festival follows last year’s inaugural event, which was focused around Hamlet, starring Andrew Scott.

Goold added that 1,600 young people saw Hamlet for free during that time, and 69% of participants in the festival had never been to the Almeida before.

“This is why it’s so incredibly important that the festival is returning again during Summer and Smoke,” he said.