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.
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Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet
The latest show from Matthew Bourne's dance theatre hit factory New Adventures is a fresh take on 'Romeo and Juliet', his follow up to 'The Red Shoes' and his perennially popular 'Swan Lake'. It'll get its London premiere at Sadler's Wells this August,...Ballet Wednesday July 24 2019 - Saturday August 31 2019
Singin' in the Rain
Brollies at the ready: musical comedy gem ‘Singin' in the Rain’ is coming to Sadler's Wells for a limited five-week stint in Summer 2020. It's not a venue that typically hosts musicals but this show's fiendishly elaborate, rain-soaked tap routines mean...Musicals Friday July 26 2019 - Saturday August 29 2020
The Red Shoes
'The Red Shoes' returns to Sadler's Wells for Christmas 2019. This review is from its 2016 premiere Translating a much-loved movie to the stage can be a fraught enterprise. Matthew Bourne keeps a steady hand on the tiller, though, as he transforms the...Ballet Tuesday December 3 2019 - Sunday January 19 2020
The Little Match Girl
This review is for the 2014 premiere of 'The Little Match Girl'. The performance returns for Christmas 2019. Hip choreographer Arthur Pita’s latest dance piece, ‘The Little Match Girl’, is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and involves a poor...West End Wednesday December 11 2019 - Sunday December 29 2019
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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 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
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!
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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