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Time Out says
Fri Dec 7 2012
Purpose-built in 1998 on the site of the original seventeenth-century theatre of the same name, this dazzling complex is home to an impressive line-up of local and international dance talent. While remaining accessible in its programme, Sadler's Wells puts on strong, often critically acclaimed, shows that cover tango, flamenco (watch out for the annual Flamenco Festival), hip hop, classical and contemporary ballet as well as Matthew Bourne's special brand of populist dance. The Angel venue's name dates back to the 1680s when the theatre discovered a medicinal well whose water was said to have health-giving properties. You can still look down the well today, though the days of taking a quick dip before a show are long gone. In addition to the main theatre, the smaller Lilian Baylis Studio offers smaller-scale new works and works in progress, while the Peacock Theatre (on Portugal Street in Holborn) operates as a satellite venue.
What's on at Sadler's Wells
Off-West End, Drama, Kids' theatre
A piece of dance theatre from Champloo Dance Company, Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic that tries to capture the magic of staying up waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve. Ages 3+
Matthew Bourne's now-classic all-male 'Swan Lake' returns for a Christmas season. It's a clever conceit, turning the traditional flock of swan maidens into wild and muscular swan men, and it also fleshes out the role of the Prince, turning what can be...
- Critics' choice
An early work by the pioneering choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in 2009. Her work lives on, however, and this is a rare chance to see an early piece, '1980', made following the death of her partner Ralf Borzik. Set to music by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy...