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Russell Maliphant - Conceal Reveal

Sadlers Wells

Tickets from £17.90

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and two-time Olivier Award-winner Russell Maliphant has long been fascinated by the human body.

  • Booking until: Saturday, 19 October 2019
  • Running time: 1 hour
  • Playing at: Sadlers Wells
  • Booking until: Saturday, 19 October 2019
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Natalia Osipova

Sadlers Wells

Tickets from £14.50

After performances in New York and Lyon, Natalia Osipova's Pure Dance returns.

  • Booking from: Tuesday, 22 October 2019
    Booking until: Saturday, 26 October 2019
  • Playing at: Sadlers Wells
  • Booking until: Saturday, 26 October 2019
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Birmingham Royal Ballet - Mixed Programme

Sadlers Wells

Tickets from £17.90

In a thrilling collaboration, dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet and Ballet Black appear on stage together in a mixed bill featuring Cathy Marston’s National Dance Award-winning The Suit, Twyla Tharp’s sizzling tribute to Old Blue Eyes, Nina Sinatra Songs and a new work from Jack Lister, commissioned as part of Ballet Now.

  • Booking from: Tuesday, 29 October 2019
    Booking until: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
  • Playing at: Sadlers Wells
  • Booking until: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
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Birmingham Royal Ballet - Giselle

Sadlers Wells

Tickets from £17.90

True to its 19th century origins and the original steps of Marius Petipa, David Bintley and Galina Samsova’s production of Giselle is the perfect opportunity to see one of the most exquisite examples of this classical ballet in its traditional form. 

  • Booking from: Friday, 1 November 2019
    Booking until: Saturday, 2 November 2019
  • Playing at: Sadlers Wells
  • Booking until: Saturday, 2 November 2019
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Rambert - Double Bill

Sadlers Wells

Tickets from £17.90

Scouring the globe each year for the next generation of contemporary dance talent, Rambert2 selects its dancers for both their technical virtuosity and their raw energy.

This year’s ensemble perform work by two rising stars of the US dance scene: Andrea Miller, the first choreographer to be named artist in residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jermaine Spivey, award-winning dancer with Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot.
  • Booking from: Monday, 4 November 2019
    Booking until: Tuesday, 5 November 2019
  • Running time: 2 hours
  • Playing at: Sadlers Wells
  • Booking until: Tuesday, 5 November 2019
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Rambert Event

Sadlers Wells

Tickets from £17.90

Merce Cunningham, master of improvisation, devised his revolutionary Event format to combine dance, music and design in a way that was unique to each location and performance.

In the centenary year of Cunningham’s birth, Rambert form their own Event, featuring extracts from different Cunningham works, remixed for each performance with music composed and performed live by Radiohead’s Philip Selway, and designs based on the Cage series of paintings by the German contemporary artist Gerhard Richter.
  • Booking from: Thursday, 7 November 2019
    Booking until: Saturday, 9 November 2019
  • Playing at: Sadlers Wells
  • Booking until: Saturday, 9 November 2019
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Emanuel Gat Dance - WORKS

Sadlers Wells

Tickets from £23.80

Born in Israel and now based in France, the double Bessie Award-winning choreographer Emanuel Gat initially trained as a conductor before shifting his attention to dance.

  • Booking from: Monday, 11 November 2019
    Booking until: Tuesday, 12 November 2019
  • Running time: 1 hour
  • Playing at: Sadlers Wells
  • Booking until: Tuesday, 12 November 2019
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Dorrance Dance - Myelination and Other Works

Sadlers Wells

Tickets from £26.80

Game-changer in the world of tap, Michelle Dorrance had dedicated herself to exploring the capabilities of America’s original dance form. In an exhilarating diverse triple bill, her company proves just what tap can do.

  • Booking from: Thursday, 14 November 2019
    Booking until: Saturday, 16 November 2019
  • Running time: 70 minutes
  • Playing at: Sadlers Wells
  • Booking until: Saturday, 16 November 2019
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Acosta Danza - Evolution

Sadlers Wells

Tickets from £17.90

After a critically acclaimed national and international tour, Carlos Acosta’s eclectic Cuban company bring a second programme of ballet and contemporary works to Sadler’s Wells.

  • Booking from: Monday, 18 November 2019
    Booking until: Saturday, 23 November 2019
  • Running time: 2 Hours 5 Minutes
  • Playing at: Sadlers Wells
  • Booking until: Saturday, 23 November 2019
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Matthew Bourne The Red Shoes

Sadlers Wells

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THE DOUBLE OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING SMASH HIT RETURNS

A sell-out for its world premiere in 2016, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns to London, having won two Olivier Awards and dazzled audiences across the UK and the USA.

  • Booking from: Tuesday, 3 December 2019
    Booking until: Sunday, 19 January 2020
  • Running time: 120 minutes
  • Playing at: Sadlers Wells
  • Booking until: Sunday, 19 January 2020
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Singin' In The Rain

Sadlers Wells

4.7/5 - based on 31 reviews - (Read reviews) 4.7 31 reviews Tickets from £35.50
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It’s lively, funny, light hearted, romantic and exciting. It’s packed solid with breath-taking choreography set to a wealth of classic show tunes. And you’ll fall in love all over again with the same compelling story that made the original and ever-popular 1952 Gene Kelly movie such a massive hit.
  • Booking from: Friday, 24 July 2020
    Booking until: Sunday, 30 August 2020
  • Playing at: Sadlers Wells
  • Booking until: Sunday, 30 August 2020
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Sadlers Wells Facilities

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Sadlers Wells Location

Travel Information

Nearest Tube station
  • Angel
Tube lines
  • Northern
Day buses
  • (Rosebery Avenue) 19, 38, 341; (Upper Street) 4, 43, 56, 153; (Pentonville Road) 30, 205, 214, 394, 476
Night buses
  • (Rosebery Avenue) N19, N38, N41, 341; (Upper Street) 43; (Pentonville Road) 205, 214, N73
Sadlers Wells history

From the outside

The Sadler’s Wells theatre is an exercise in modern and ancient, a blend of contemporary glass and old red brick. Inside it’s equally interesting, with traditional curved seating set against a startlingly modern backdrop of square metallic panels hanging from the ceiling.

Sadlers Wells Theatre architecture and history

The Sadlers Wells theatre is the second oldest London entertainment venue, the first being the West End’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

In 1683 the Sadlers Wells Theatre started life as a so-called musick house under which the building’s owner, Dick Sadler, had discovered a series of wells containing water with alleged holy healing properties. But the excitement soon wore off and the public stopped visiting. To bring them back, the venue put on a series of freak shows and circus acts throughout the late 1600s and 1700s. Pantomimes and comic operas were the venue’s stock-in-trade in the early 1800s, using the by now famous water tank to put on shows with a watery theme.

In 1843, when drama censorship was finally lifted in Britain, Sadler’s Wells officially became a theatre at last. Kicking off with a series of popular Shakespeare plays, it soon descended back into relative chaos without a discernible theme, switching managers and purposes every few years. The world’s most famous clown, Joseph Grimaldi, performed at Sadler’s Wells aged just two. At one point the building was re-purposed as an ice skating rink, then used for wrestling competitions and even as a cinema.

Having limped along for decades, the theatre finally closed down in 1915. Thankfully Lilian Baylis, the owner of the Old Vic Theatre at the time, rescued it in 1925, supported by numerous public figures of the day including Winston Churchill. The venue re-opened as a home for top quality opera, dance and ballet. At this point, the Sadler’s Wells Ballet School was born.

Through the late 1900s the theatre acted as a proving ground for the era’s best new performers, finally leading to an extensive facelift in 1996, achieved with lottery funding. The acoustics were improved and some parts of the building completely demolished and rebuilt. In 1998 the new building opened its doors, the sixth theatre to stand on the site, with a larger stage and better seating.

These days the Sadler's Wells Theatre is the UK's leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting daring, top class works. They put on everything from the very best contemporary dance to tango, hip hop, flamenco and tap dance, as well as unique and unusual collaborations with visual artists. The venue also works closely with a group of associates who represent some of Britain’s most exciting dance talent including Matthew Bourne, Jonzi D, Sylvie Guillem, Michael Hulls, Akram Khan, Wayne McGregor and Kate Prince, to name just a few.

Past shows at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre

The Sadler’s Wells Theatre is known for being wonderfully prolific, putting on an impressive number of productions every year. Recent shows have included The Scottish Ballet, the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, the Rambert Dance Company, Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker, Ivan Putrov, Candoco Dance Company, Hofesh Shechter Company and the Flamenco Festival London.

Sadler’s Wells Theatre access

Please specify your access requirements when you book tickets. There are wheelchair spaces, easy access aisle seats and level access available.

Sadler’s Wells Theatre tickets

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