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Sadler’s Wells: Making London Dance

SEEN never fails to notice the beautiful Sadler’s Wells Theatre in Rosebery Avenue, Islington. Dating from 1998, the present incarnation of Sadler’s Wells occupies the site of five former theatres and has capacity for 1500 people, thus making it ideal for large-scale performances by national and international companies. The Lilian Baylis Theatre also shares the site, housing 180 people and is often the place for conceptual, experimental pieces by established artists and young artists or pieces for a younger audience. A sister site, the Peacock Theatre in Holborn, is Sadler’s Wells West End showcase. Though there are other dance venues in London, SEEN feels that Sadler’s Wells is the best place to start for those new to dance theatre.

SEEN never fails to notice the beautiful Sadler’s Wells Theatre in Rosebery Avenue, Islington. Dating from 1998, the present incarnation of Sadler’s Wells occupies the site of five former theatres and has capacity for 1500 people, thus making it ideal for large-scale performances by national and international companies. The Lilian Baylis Theatre also shares the site, housing 180 people and is often the place for conceptual, experimental pieces by established artists and young artists or pieces for a younger audience. A sister site, the Peacock Theatre in Holborn, is Sadler’s Wells West End showcase. Though there are other dance venues in London, SEEN feels that Sadler’s Wells is the best place to start for those new to dance theatre.

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Half a million people visit Sadler’s Wells every year, which is no surprise given the range of dance forms that Sadler’s Wells stages: flamenco, tango, hip hop, ballet, contemporary dance… the diversity of the programmes reflecting that of audiences who flock to the capital. Exciting and inspiring, Sadler’s Wells regularly commissions new dance pieces and tours arts venues throughout the world. Regular associates include Jonzi D, Sylvie Guillem, BalletBoyz, Akram Khan, Nitin Sawhney and Jasmin Vardamon.

If you’re planning to visit the theatre, it’s best to do so by public transport. Sadler’s Wells is committed to limiting its impact on the environment and is ideally placed for nearby buses, train stations and tube stops. There are a reserved parking spaces for cars if you are over 65 or disabled.

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As Sadler’s Wells is in buzzing Islington, there is no shortage of places to eat and drink nearby, but do check out the café and bar serving freshly prepared food and drink in the theatre itself. special menu featuring platters and desserts – Supper at Sadler’s – for the Christmas season of Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes. If SEEN goes to one show at Sadler’s Wells this year, it’ll be this. Their comprehensive website has all the details.

www.sadlerswells.com

Sadler’s Wells
Rosebery Avenue
London
EC1R 4TN

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