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Sadler's Wells

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5 out of 5 stars
(13user reviews)
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Time Out says

This Islington venue is synonymous with cutting edge dance of every flavour

Tucked away on the streets behind Angel station, Sadler's Wells is a sizeable purpose-built 1998 studio complex built on the site of the original seventeenth-century theatre of the same name. And it's the place to go for dance fans, drawing an impressive line-up of local and international talent.

Artistic director Alastair Spalding presides over a varied line-up of in house and touring shows, which take in modern and experimental dance, tango, flamenco (watch out for the annual Flamenco Festival), hip hop, classical and contemporary ballet as well as Matthew Bourne's crowd-pleasing brand of witty dance theatre. There's typically a family-friendly ballet classic at Christmas, as well as annual festivals like Breakin' Convention, a massive celebration of hip hop dance. Main house shows take place in the comfortable, 1,500 seater auditorium, while the smaller Lilian Baylis Studio houses smaller-scale new works and works in progress. And the Peacock Theatre (on Portugal Street in Holborn) operates as a satellite venue for big commercial dance spectacles.

Sadler's Wells is the sixth theatre to stand on its Islington site, and famous producer Lilian Baylis and dancer Ninette de Valois were both instrumental in its multi-stage 20th century transition from crumbling music hall to state-of-the-art dance venue. Its 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. 



Address: Rosebery Avenue
Transport: Tube: Angel
Price: Prices vary
Opening hours: 10am-8pm Mon-Sat
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  • Musicals Friday July 24 2020 - Saturday August 29 2020

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What an awesome show, a complete fusion of opera meets, Latin American dance and the spirit of Cuba. A talented cast of dancers, singers and actors makes director ,Christopher Renshaws take on Bizets classic opera Carmen a hit. Luna Manzanares Nardo, Albita Rodriguez and Saeed Mohamed were fantastic. Expect amazing energy, vibrant dancing and great vocals. Great choreography and production.


A wonderful theatre that specialises in dance,especially ballet. A large and comfortable theatre,with great sight lines. A perfect place for families or elderly people.A hub of dance culture in the heart of Islington! 

Sadler's Wells is a stunning venue just a short walk away from Angel. It reminds me of Christmas as I've made it a tradition to go to a Matthew Bourne Ballet as a Christmas treat every year, always absolutely mesmerising. 


I went to Sadler's Wells a few times, and the quality of productions shown there is up to their reputation. I attended "Casanova" by the Northern Ballet and it was mind-blowing of beauty, from the dancers and the orchestra. The theatre has a modern look, which proves to be perfect in terms of sound and light. Seats are comfortable. The bar though is very very expensive (£10 for a glass of red) so for a treat you should buy a bottle, but if you are on a budget stay away! 


The place to go for contemporary dance, visited on multiple occasions. If you're picking up tickets do go at least 20mins before the show starts. The ground floor atrium is slightly small, and the queues for pick ups are always long. Somehow always feels slightly rushed just before the curtain, would be nice to have people seated well in advance.

The theatre interior is new and nicely finished, with decent leg room. Great location to make an evening out of it by getting food and drinks around Angel as well.

I have been going to Sadler's wells since I was a child to see dance shows. Its my favourite venue- as a lover of all things dance it has the most diverse range of shows on- something for everyone


If you like dance then a visit to Sadlers Wells is a must. I had the luxury of catching Hofesh Scheter's Barbarians here which blew me away. I saw another one of his productions at Brixton Academy which took away the intimacy and emotion which Sadlers provided. Make sure you get seats down the front for the full experience as you can feel the vibrations from the music. I would also advise ordering your interval drinks on arrival. When you come out, they will be waiting for you opposite the bar. It's not that expensive either considering that most theatres bump up their prices just because they can. I got a vodka and Diet Coke for 4.50 which is close to standard London prices.

Been to this venue last Saturday 20.02.16 as part of the 'Flamenco Festival London 2016'.

The venue is pretty amazing and new, with incredible acoustics.

The show was absolutely fantastic - Sara Baras is the most famous Flamenco dancer in Spain and probably the world and stunned us all.

The festival finishes on the 28.02.16, if you have an opportunity don't miss it!


This theatre is very well set out and a lot bigger than expected.It is modern and clean and, although it may lack the charm of the older theatres in the West End, it is well set up for plays, shows etc.The staff were friendly and helpful and the facilities are great. 


If you like contemporary dance, then definitely this is your place! Well established or just new contemporary dance companies from around the world are all welcome here. You can also catch now and then ballet, flamenco or hip hop shows. The theatre itself has excellent architecture, modern huge lounge rooms and really spacious seats. Tickets are less than average priced & If you book for more than one show, you get 20% discount! One of my favorite theatre all over London!

THE place to go for the most exceptional and diverse dance in London. I'm always delighted to discover new choreographers here. And the multisave discount makes it even sweeter.

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