About us

Sadler’s Wells is Dance

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 our three theatres in London.

We also commission and produce original new work for our stages and tour it to major arts venues around the world. Since 2005 we have helped to bring 80 new dance works to the stage.

Our goal is to grow the public’s enjoyment and understanding of dance by making dance relevant, meaningful and enriching. At the same time we seek to develop the art form by supporting artists and the creation of exciting new work.

Our main theatre is located on an historic site in Rosebery Avenue in Islington. We also present work in our studio theatre – the Lilian Baylis Studio – and in our West End home, The Peacock Theatre.

Sadler’s Wells is a thriving arts organisation and a registered UK charity. We work hard to maintain diverse revenue streams to ensure our financial stability.  Find out how to support us.

Associate Artists

Sadler’s Wells provides a home for artists. Our group of 16 Associate Artists and companies are at the heart of Sadler’s Wells and they represent the most exciting dance talent working in contemporary dance today. We support our Associate Artists by commissioning new work from them, providing access to Sadler’s Wells’ resources such as rehearsal studios, technical expertise, office space and a creative base.

To see a list of our Associate Artists click here

Audiences

Half a million people come to see a performance at Sadler’s Wells’ theatres each year and another 130,000 see our productions at venues around the world. The variety of our programming enables us to attract large audiences from diverse backgrounds and age groups with a wide range of cultural interests.          

Our theatres

Sadler’s Wells has been presenting theatrical productions in Rosebery Avenue, Islington for over 300 years. Five previous theatre buildings have all also carried the name Sadler's Wells and occupied the site since 1683. Read more about our history.

Our main theatre in Islington opened in 1998, after a major fundraising programme, supported by Lottery funding. We present large-scale work by national and international companies in this 1500-seat theatre

The Lilian Baylis Studio, part of the Rosebery Avenue site, seats 180 and presents a programme of. small-scale, studio work by established artists, experimental, conceptual work, high quality productions for young audiences and work by young artists and emerging choreographers

The Peacock Theatre in Holborn is our West End home where we present popular dance styles from cultures around the globe including tango, salsa, samba, flamenco and hip hop as well as related forms such as circus and physical theatre.

Sadler’s wells on tour

Sadler’s Wells productions have travelled to every corner of the globe and to cities on every continent. Many of these new works have achieved critical and commercial acclaim and draw attention to dance as an important contemporary art form.

More information about touring Sadler’s Wells productions.

Sadler’s Wells in the Community

We seek imaginative ways to engage the widest possible public with exciting learning opportunities that have the highest artistic standards and are supported by Sadler’s Wells’ world-class resources. To learn more click here.

Our business model

Sadler’s Wells is a thriving arts organisation and a registered UK charity. We work hard to maintain diverse revenue streams to ensure our financial stability.

  • We earn approximately 70% of our income from ticket sales
  • Sadler's Wells is one of the Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations and currently receives an annual grant of approximately 10% of our income
  • We raise about 8% of our income though fundraising from private sources including individuals, charitable trusts & foundations and corporate partners. Find out more about supporting us.
  • We earn about 12% in commercial income from our cafes, bars and merchandise as well as from the hire of our spaces. Find out more about venue hire.
  • We partner with world-class theatres around the world as co-producers to help commission and produce new dance work.

Read our Annual Report here.

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