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Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN GB

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Matthew Bourne The Red Shoes

Sadlers Wells

5/5 - based on 3 reviews - (Read reviews) 5 3 reviews Tickets from £88.00
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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 until: Sunday, 19 January 2020
  • Running time: 120 minutes
  • Playing at: Sadlers Wells
  • Booking until: Sunday, 19 January 2020
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Ballet Boyz: Young Men

Sadlers Wells

Tickets from £38.00

Following their recent, triumphant shows Them/Us, Fourteen Days, Young Men and Life, the multi-award winning BalletBoyz are back and celebrating their 20th anniversary year. Deluxe fuses the work of some of the world’s most exciting and innovative choreographers and composers. 

Chinese dancer and choreographer Xie Xin (TAO Dance Theatre, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman) creates a work set to an original score by composer Jiang Shao-feng, whilst Maxine Doyle (Punchdrunk) collaborates with jazz musician and composer Cassie Kinoshi, of the Mercury-nominated SEED Ensemble. 

  • Booking from: Wednesday, 25 March 2020
    Booking until: Friday, 27 March 2020
  • Running time: 80 minutes
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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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