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Rosebery Avenue, LONDON, EC1R 4TN
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Flamenco Festival / Compañia Jesús Carmona - The Jump
From:28-06-2022
To:29-06-2022
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The aptly dubbed ‘Catalan virtuoso’, Jesús Carmona, returns to Sadler’s Wells with his signature elegant, powerful choreography in tow. The former principal of the Ballet Nacional de España is trained in multiple genres, from flamenco, ballet and tap, to 17th century Italian court dances – expect a show that crosses genres and styles, pushing the boundaries of flamenco in this brand-new piece.

The Jump explores art’s ability to affect personal growth, as Carmona looks at his own journey around masculinity in the 21st century.

Part of Flamenco Festival
UK premiere

Running Time: approximately 1 hour 20 minutes (no interval)

Flamenco Festival / Tomatito - In Concert
From:30-06-2022
To:30-06-2022
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Five-time Latin Grammy Award-winner, Tomatito is recognised as one of the leading guitarists in contemporary flamenco. Appearing as part of the festival with an ensemble of exceptional musicians and a guest flamenco dancer, the long-time musical partner of the transcendent Camarón de la Isla brings an adventurous and open-minded fusion of Jazz, classical and Latin American styles.

Part of Flamenco Festival

Running Time: approximately 1 hour 20 minutes (no interval)

Flamenco Festival / Compañia María Pagés - An Ode to Time
From:01-07-2022
To:02-07-2022
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Searching for meaning in the art of flamenco, María Pagés beautifully blends art and life in her in-depth explorations of the genre itself. An Ode to Time is a journey of reflection, an allegory of the time we live in filled with infinite possibilities. Her powerful, emotive gestures and ferocious footwork combine to create a performance that is theatrical and passionate, whilst also reflective.

Accompanied by eight dancers and a delicate original score, An Ode to Time looks at darkness and light, the chance of happiness in uncertain times and the nature of time itself. Working with her long-time collaborator El Arbi El Harti, Pagés’s swift and incisive choreography draws from a variety of flamenco styles and inspirations.

Part of Flamenco Festival
World premiere

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Don Quixote
From:06-07-2022
To:09-07-2022
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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director, Carlos Acosta, promises entertainment for all ages when he brings an explosion of Spanish sunshine, spectacular dance and vivacious comedy to the Sadler’s Wells stage.

In a new production created especially for Birmingham Royal Ballet, Don Quixote introduces us to Cervantes’ famous knight himself, lovers Kitri and Basilio, and a host of supporting characters. As the Don sets out on a quest to track down his true love, with his loyal friend and servant Sancho Panza at his side, he finds himself embroiled in an unlikely adventure of love and dreams.

Join us for the first UK performances of Acosta’s sparkling new 21st-century production of this 19th-century masterpiece. Featuring live music played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

Running Time: 3 hours (including two 20 minute intervals)

This performance contains haze and dry ice smoke effects.

Audio Described Performances - Sat 9 July at 2:30pm
Touch Tour Performances - Sat 9 July at 2:30pm

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
From:27-07-2022
To:28-08-2022
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener

Chichester Festival Theatre’s landmark production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific transfers to Sadler’s Wells this summer.

This love story, set on a South Pacific island during World War ll, is an epic new five-star production directed by Chichester Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director Daniel Evans (Me and My Girl and Fiddler on the Roof). The cast is led by the leads from the Chichester Festival Theatre production, including Julian Ovenden, Gina Beck, Rob Houchen, Joanna Ampil and Sera Maehara. Featuring a full orchestra, this musical is set to be the event of the year.

Boasting Rodgers & Hammerstein’s memorable score, this Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical features songs such as Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and Bali Ha’i.

Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes (including one 20 minute interval)

This performance contains helicopter and dramatic sound effects at the start, one gunshot sound, and sounds of explosions and planes near the end of the show.

This performance also contains racially offensive language prevalent at the time and some other derogatory language.

Audio Described Performances - Sat 6 August at 2:30pm
Touch Tour Performances - Sat 6 August at 2:30pm
Captioned Performances - Sat 13 August at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
BSL interpreted Performances - Sat 27 August at 2:30pm

South Pacific
From:27-07-2022
To:28-08-2022
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Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed, landmark production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific transfers to Sadler’s Wells this summer for a strictly limited season.

More info: officiallondontheatre.com/show/south-pacific-111433945

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NYDC Quartier Paradis
From:03-09-2022
To:03-09-2022
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Following the success of their 2021 production Speak Volumes, National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) once again collaborates with internationally renowned choreographer Alesandra Seutin.

Thirty-two outstanding young dancers present a new contemporary work, exploring the relationship between movement, voice and music.

Quartier Paradis dives into parallel universes where there is no apparent endgame, a place built on the fantasy of an ardent greed for a power that continuously shifts. Where ritual, memories and ancestral heritage will keep you standing; revealing the alarming reality of a society locked in a cycle of tyranny. Who will eat the apple?

NYDC has established a reputation for producing high-quality, critically acclaimed productions by leading choreographers including Russell Maliphant, Botis Seva, Sharon Eyal, Damien Jalet, Michael Keegan Dolan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan and Jasmine Vardimon.

Running Time: 1 hour

This performance contains haze.

Audio Described Performances - Sat 3 September at 7:30pm

The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Pavel Kolesnikov/Rosas
From:06-09-2022
To:07-09-2022
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The Goldberg Variations are from Bach’s late period, in which the composer pushes the boundaries of musical themes in a play of variations, canons and fugues. He started from a simple and quiet melody, joined with an underlying bass line, which steadily unfolds into a musical cosmos that reveals itself with extraordinary variety and unparalleled complexity.

Together with pianists Pavel Kolesnikov and Alain Franco, choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker continues her journey with Bach. Her previous work with Bach’s The Six Brandenburg Concertos had a large cast, this piece is pared back to a solo performance danced by De Keersmaeker herself. The dance draws on the music as a blueprint for movement.

The music features one aria and thirty variations and the choreography mirrors this pattern seeking to find a form of dance capable of flexibility which retaining its essence.

Running Time: 2 hours

Shobana Jeyasingh - Clorinda Agonistes (Clorinda the Warrior)
From:09-09-2022
To:10-09-2022
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The internationally celebrated Shobana Jeyasingh Dance present this explosive union of opera, dance and film in a new production.

Inspired by Monteverdi’s masterpiece, Il Combattimento, in Shobana Jeyasingh’s production, the fiery Muslim female warrior Clorinda, battles the Crusader, Tancredi in ancient Jerusalem, and becomes a standard bearer for women standing in the face of danger. The second half brings us up to date, catapulting Clorinda into Middle Eastern conflict, in a compelling re-telling of her story. The epic story of Clorinda exposes a world of violence, resilience and love across culture and time.

Monteverdi’s score is paired with Kareem Roustom’s evocative new music, played by an on-stage string quartet. Both works unite one of the country’s most popular tenors, Ed Lyon, with the acclaimed Conductor Robert Hollingworth of I Fagiolini.

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance are one of the most dynamic and distinctive forces in UK dance.

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

This production contains stylised scenes of war and violence.

Spoken Movement - Family Honour
From:14-09-2022
To:15-09-2022
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A young girl, bound by the demands of tradition, religion and family, confronts her past rebellion against these pressures.

Through a brilliantly unique meeting of hip hop and theatre, Family Honour asks how far one would go to uphold family expectations and whether it’s truly honourable to do so or just another traditional taboo?

From internationally award-winning choreographer Kwame Asafo-Adjei, witness this raw exploration of family and personal trauma, putting you in the front seat for tense, honest confrontations that go generations deep.

Originally a duet, the work won France’s prestigious Danse E´largie in 2018. Now it is expanded for the Sadler’s Wells stage as a full-length ensemble production.

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

A Night At The Kabuki
From:22-09-2022
To:24-09-2022
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In late 12th century Japan, just as the age of the Samurai dawns, the rivalry between the Minamoto and Taira clans intensifies.

And Romeo and Juliet fall fatefully in love.

It’s the tale you know, but not as you know it. Set to the original recordings of Queen’s A Night at the Opera and inspired by Freddie Mercury’s love of Japan, A Night at the Kabuki is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet created by acclaimed Japanese theatre maker Hideki Noda OBE.

Featuring the original recordings of Queen’s masterpiece Bohemian Rhapsody, Love of My Life and You’re My Best Friend, and many more from the album; A Night at the Kabuki beautifully intertwines music, storytelling and Japanese stagecraft to create a wholly unique and unmissable show.

Starrring Takako Matsu, Takaya Kamikawa, Suzu Hirose, Jun Shison, Satoshi Hashimoto, Kazushige Komatsu, Kayo Ise, Aki Hano, Hideki Noda, Naoto Takenaka

Running Time: 3 hours 5 minutes (including one 20 minute interval)

This performance contains haze.

Botis Seva’s BLKDOG
From:30-09-2022
To:01-10-2022
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BLKDOG is Botis Seva’s beautifully brutal commentary on how the youth of today are coping in a world not built for them. In an emotionally charged hip hop dance performance, BLKDOG reveals the vicious connection of how self-discovery leads to self-destruction. Through haunting childhood memories and adult life traumas, how do we fight through our vices to find a sense of peace.

With a pounding, brooding score the music adds layers of meaning highlighting the inner working of the characters minds. The music has grown from a long-standing collaboration with Torben Lars Sylvest and includes a mixture of original music and words performed by Botis’ powerhouse company Far From The Norm and guests. Tom Visser’s lighting brings a dark smog of disillusion as the choreography delves into the underbelly of life, while the hooded caps and padded costumes by Ryan Laight echo the protection and comfort of childhood.

BLKDOG searches for coping mechanisms in the ultimate hunt for acceptance.

Running Time: 1 hour 6 minutes (no interval)

BLKDOG features loud music, haze and abstract depictions of violence and depression.

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company - Mixtape
From:05-10-2022
To:08-10-2022
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Some Like It Hip Hop, Into the Hoods, The Mad Hatters Tea Party and Message In A Bottle, are some of the shows revisited in Mixtape, an explosive evening sweeping through 20 years of storytelling by Kate Prince and ZooNation.

Since 2002 ZooNation has inspired the next generation of theatregoers and theatre makers with its work inspired by the music and culture of hip hop. Mixtape presents excerpts of past shows reworked with a twist, paying tribute to the dancers, performers, creative teams and audiences.

Co-directed by Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe and Bradley Charles, with Musical Director DJ Walde, Designer Ben Stones and Lighting Designer Charlie Morgan Jones, plus live vocalists and guest performers.

As part of this celebration, free foyer exhibitions showcase the productions and artists that have created ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company, with a special exhibition honouring the life of the late Teneisha Bonner.

Running Time: 1 hour 55 minutes (including one 20 minute interval)

This performance contains haze effects, theatrical smoke, loud music, flashing lights and references to bereavement/loss/death.

Audio Described Performances - Sat 8 October at 2:30pm
Touch Tour Performances - Sat 8 October at 2:30pm

Dickson Mbi - Enowate
From:14-10-2022
To:15-10-2022
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A dancer of extraordinary power and grace, Dickson Mbi summons multiple identities in this mesmerising solo performance inspired by a life-changing journey to his ancestral home in Cameroon.

The symbolic presence of a two-headed snake, the tiger whose roar vibrated as part of a funeral ritual, the knowing touch of a blind elder… it was these unnerving encounters that profoundly affected the London choreographer during a recent trip to his family’s village. They have all brought him closer to the animistic practices of his African heritage and to the mystical place where they meet with his modern East End upbringing.

Enowate, meaning ‘truth stands’, draws on sinuous elements of hip-hop and contemporary dance in combination with original music and otherworldly animated projections. In asking the relatable question, ‘who am I?’, he connects with enigmatic forces to reveal himself and emerge from the shadows.

Running Time: 1 hour

Aakash Odedra Company - Samsara
From:17-10-2022
To:18-10-2022
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Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite you to enter the world of Samsara. Inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, Samsara is a spellbinding piece that traces the steps we take, both forward and backward, in search of our higher selves.

UK/Indian dancer Aakash Odedra and Chinese dancer Hu Shenyuan draw on their diverse disciplines of ballet, Chinese folk, kathak and contemporary dance to explore the notion of samsara: the wheel of life, birth, existence and re-birth.

This compelling journey of self-development, fear and love traces a path across lands and through time, exploring the idea that if we let attachments go and allow light in, we might find a place of truth and peace. Drawing on thinking and imagery at the heart of Buddhist philosophy, Samsara’s mythological storytelling merges with personal experience from two globally opposite perspectives in a seductive, astonishing journey of twin movement.

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

This performance contains partial nudity.

Oona Doherty - Navy Blue
From:21-10-2022
To:22-10-2022
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Award-winning choreographer Oona Doherty makes her Sadler’s Wells stage debut as she returns to Dance Umbrella Festival following critically acclaimed productions Hard to Be Soft (named Best Dance Show of 2019 by The Guardian) and Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus (included as part of Sadler’s Wells and BBC Arts’ Dancing Nation series).

Using her distinctive choreographic style, Doherty creates an unsettling atmosphere for latest work Navy Blue as a dark night descends and a group of 12 dancers generate a sense of dread, trapped within a destructive algorithm. Featuring music from Sergeï Rachmaninoff and Jamie XX this new piece considers where we have been and where we are heading, as it urgently appeals for societal change.

Doherty is a Big Pulse Dance Alliance selected artist and Associate Artist at Dublin Dance Festival. In 2021 she was named winner of the Venice Biennale Danza Silver Lion Award.

Young Associates / Ben Duke - To Start With
From:26-10-2022
To:26-10-2022
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In November 2021, the Young Associate Artists introduced their refreshing voices at sell-out performances in the Lilian Baylis Studio.

This next step sees John-William Watson, Magnus Westwell, Olive Hardy and Vidya Patel take the leap to the Sadler’s Wells stage. Under the artistic guidance of Ben Duke (Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Lost Dog) the young choreographers will be creating an ambitious evening of new works.

The Young Associates are collaborating with a team of young creatives from a range of art-forms, giving a platform to a new generation of artistic voices.

World premiere

This performance contains themes of violence, loud music, haze and strobe lighting effects.

Audio Described Performances - Wed 26 October at 7:30pm
BSL interpreted Performances - Wed 26 October at 7:30pm

Jasmin Vardimon Company - Alice
From:28-10-2022
To:29-10-2022
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A woman, or perhaps a child, unsure of her identity and where she is going.

Escaping or exploring, discovering the powers within her changing body. The world around her is different, curious, and compelling – at times absolutely bonkers.

Following the internationally acclaimed success of her adaptation of Pinocchio (‘This is a show of dazzling imagination’ – Evening Standard), award-winning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon’s newest creation is a re-imagining of the ground-breaking classic, Alice in Wonderland and promises a sensory feast of arresting images, powerful performers and striking kinetic scenery.

First coming to life through a VR experience touring the UK early in 2022, Jasmin Vardimon Company brings Alice to the stage this autumn.

Running Time: approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Audio Described Performances - Sat 29 October at 7:30pm
Touch Tour Performances - Sat 29 October at 7:30pm

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Into the Music
From:02-11-2022
To:05-11-2022
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Birmingham Royal Ballet return to the Sadler’s Wells Stage after recent work Don Quixote with a triple bill.

Much-missed German choreographer Uwe Scholz worked regularly with classical repertoire – and never more dramatically than in his setting of Beethoven’s vibrant Seventh Symphony, a work famously described by Wagner as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’. Choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple and composer Mikael Karlsson team up for the world premiere of Hotel, a surreal journey into the secrets and lies that live behind closed doors. And to close, Jirí Kylián’s magnificent Forgotten Land is ‘a great primer to why Kylián is one of the most revered choreographers of the 20th century’ (The Guardian) – a gripping journey into memory and loss set to Benjamin Britten’s magnificent Sinfonia da Requiem.

This performance contains haze and dry ice.

Audio Described Performances - Sat 5 November at 2:30pm
Touch Tour Performances - Sat 5 November at 2:30pm

English National Ballet - Ek/ Forsythe/ Quagebeur
From:09-11-2022
To:12-11-2022
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November 2022 sees English National Ballet return to Sadler’s Wells for a triple bill of contemporary work.

Mats Ek will choreograph a new version of The Rite of Spring. The piece for 20 dancers will revisit Ek’s 1984 version and feature new choreography, costume and set design by Marie-Louise Ekman, lighting by Linus Fellbom and live music by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

The work will be performed alongside Take Five Blues by English National Ballet’s Associate Choreographer, Stina Quagebeur, and William Forsythe’s Blake Works I.

Created for the Company’s 2020 Digital Season and first performed on stage when theatres reopened in spring 2021, Take Five Blues is an exploration of jazz and classical music which will be extended to a longer one act ballet. Blake Works I is a piece for 21 dancers set to songs from James Blake’s album The Colour in Anything, first performed in spring 2022.

Running Time: 2 hours (including two 20 minute intervals)

The Rite of Spring contains references to death.

Audio Described Performances -Sat 12 November at 2:30pm
Touch Tour Performances - Sat 12 November at 2:30pm

Bruno Beltrão / Grupo de Rua - New Creation
From:22-11-2022
To:23-11-2022
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Bruno Beltrão, celebrated Brazilian choreographer brings his new work to London.

It’s hip hop but not as you expect! Beltrão has revolutionized the genre, deconstructing the dance form as he grapples with the changing politics of his native Brazil. Expect high jumps, head spins, summersaults, fast kicks and twirling twists. His intense choreography with Grupo de Rua is characterized by physical urgency and an analytic understanding of music and space.

Responding to the radical shift to the right, he ponders what happens when a political scene creates disharmony, polarises the people and limits freedom and equality. The artistic community provides glimmers of creative resistance and uses art to drive change.

His previous work “Inoah”, was an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, gravity-defying blitz of artistic brilliance. He combines sophisticated stage craft with contemporary dance and raw hip-hop which casts a spell over audiences worldwide.

UK premiere

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Israel Galván - La Consagración de la Primavera (Rite of Spring)
From:25-11-2022
To:26-11-2022
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Flamenco innovator Israel Galván returns with a new show weaving Flamenco with Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring.

Following in the footsteps of the first choreographer/dancer of the Sacre, Vaslav Nijinski who caused a scandal when the piece premiered in 1913 – this work promises to be one to watch!

‘This is my contribution to Stravinsky: I use my body as the percussive instrument of his work,’ says Galván. Using his body as a sound box, he becomes consumed by the Sacre’s piano score, where rhythm is the driving force. Accompanied by two pianists who play live on stage to expose the mechanics behind the music of this imposing score.

UK premiere

Running Time: 1 hour 10 minutes (no interval)

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty
From:29-11-2022
To:15-01-2023
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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty reawakens in 2022, celebrating 10 years since its premiere at Sadler’s Wells, when it became the fastest selling production in the company’s history.

Now established as a firm favourite in the New Adventures repertoire, the award-winning Sleeping Beauty has enchanted international audiences throughout the UK and across the globe.

Enter a wondrous world of magical fairies and vampires, where the timeless tale of good vs evil is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story that even the passage of time itself cannot hinder. Will Princess Aurora ever find her true love again?

With an unforgettable score, sumptuous sets and costumes, evocative lighting and masterly storytelling, the beloved fairy tale is brought to life by the uniquely talented New Adventures company. Get ready to be transported in time from the halcyon days of the late Edwardian era through to the modern day in this dazzling gothic romance.

Running Time: 2 hours (including one 20 minute interval)

Sadler’s Wells Patrons’ Night - Thursday 1 December

Audio Described Performances - Sat 7 January at 2:30pm
Touch Tour Performances - Sat 7 January at 2:30pm


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Sadler’s Wells Car Park
We have 15 spaces available in the Sadler’s Wells car park, located at the back of the theatre off Arlington Way. The postcode is EC1R 1XA.

If someone in your group is over 65, a member of our Access for All Scheme or a Blue Badge holder, you can use the Sadler’s Wells car park.

It costs £6 for over 65s and is free for Access for All Scheme members and Blue Badge holders.

To reserve a place, please get in touch with our colleagues in the ticket office. We’re always happy to help.

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Sadler’s Wells is embedded in the heart of Islington, near Angel, and is currently the sixth theatre to be on the site since 1683. It has two theatres: Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Lilian Baylis Studio, both owned by the Sadler’s Wells Trust, which works with charitable trusts and foundations to present their year-round programme.

Sadler’s Wells is acknowledged as being one of the world’s pinnacle dance venues. The theatre acts as a stage for visiting companies, as well as producing its own work with a number of closely associated artists and companies. In recent years it has notably hosted the London International Mime Festival, which features the best in physical and visual theatre from international performers.

The current building was constructed in 1998, replacing the previous space, which was established in 1765. It has a capacity of 1,500, spread across three seated levels in one venue whilst the other - the Lilian Baylis Studio - seats 180 people. Both of these spaces were formed with the assistance of a large funding grant from the National Lottery.

The Lilian Baylis Studio is named in recognition of Lilian Baylis, a prolific theatre producer and manager, who oversaw The Old Vic, the Sadler’s Wells theatres, an opera company (later to be the English National Opera), a theatre company (which became the English National Theatre), and a ballet company (later to become The Royal Ballet).

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