Sadler’s Wells is a world leader in contemporary dance presenting a vibrant year-round programme of dance of every kind – from tango to hip hop, ballet to flamenco, Bollywood to cutting-edge contemporary dance – bringing the best of international and British dance to audiences at its three theatres in London.
The theatre also commissions and produces original new work which it tours to major arts venues around the world. Since 2005, it has helped to bring 80 new dance works to the stage.
The main Sadler’s Wells theatre is located on a historic site in Rosebery Avenue in Islington. Work is also performed at the Lilian Baylis Studio and in the Peacock Theatre, in London’s West End.
Recent productions include the UK premiere of Under Siege, Yang Liping’s stunning vision of the climactic battle between Chu and Han armies, an encounter that changed the course of Chinese history.
Critics raved about this production with Judith Mackrell of the Guardian proclaiming: “It’s hard to think of a more visually ravishing production this year. Yang and her designer Tim Yip have distilled the material down to images of hallucinatory beauty.” Louise Levene of the Financial Times pronounced it “gorgeous”. For the Evening Standard’s Lyndsey Winship, this was a four-star production – “a work of strong vision and serious spectacle”. The Stage also awards the production four stars, with Rachel Elderkin paying tribute to “the glimpse it offers into the art forms and stories of an ancient culture”.
The venue will host the premiere of Matthew Bourne’s new production of The Red Shoes at Christmas. This famous tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world is set to a new score arranged by Terry Davies using the mesmerising music of golden-age Hollywood composer, Bernard Herrmann (most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles) and played live by the New Adventures Orchestra, with sumptuous set and costume designs by Lez Brotherston, Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound).