Now showing at Sadlers Wells
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SOMNIUM: A Dancer’s Dream, is the explosive dance show starring World Latin Showdance Champions and Strictly professionals Neil and Katya Jones.Directed and choreographed by Neil Jones, SOMNIUM: A Dancer’s Dream tells the story of a boy from Britain and a girl from Russia who met, fell in love and overcame the odds to become dance stars. Starring real life couple Neil and Katya Jones and a company of dancers, the show features vivid storytelling and sensational Latin and ballroom choreography. It also depicts a complicated modern love story, exploring how the path of love doesn’t always run smoothly.
- Booking from: Thursday, 20 June 2019
Booking until: Saturday, 22 June 2019
- Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Sadlers WellsTickets from £17.90
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo & Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story.Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together… Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, London’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies. Romeo & Juliet is the latest production from Matthew Bourne and New Adventures, responsible for world-wide hits including Swan Lake, Cinderella and The Red Shoes.
- Booking from: Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Booking until: Saturday, 31 August 2019
Sadlers Wells Facilities
- Air conditioned
- Disabled toilets
- Infrared hearing loop
- Wheelchair/scooter access
Sadlers Wells Location
Nearest Tube station
- (Rosebery Avenue) 19, 38, 341; (Upper Street) 4, 43, 56, 153; (Pentonville Road) 30, 205, 214, 394, 476
- (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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