Sadler's Wells

Theatre Finsbury
5 out of 5 stars
(13user reviews)
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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.


Venue name: Sadler's Wells
Address: Rosebery Avenue
Opening hours: 10am-8pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Angel
Price: Prices vary
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  • Ballet Until Sunday December 30 2018
  • Experimental Thursday January 10 2019 - Friday January 11 2019
  • Contemporary and experimental Thursday January 17 2019 - Saturday January 19 2019
  • Thursday January 31 2019 - Saturday February 2 2019

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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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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