About us

Sadler's Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, it is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where we welcome everyone to experience dance – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired.

Audiences of over half a million come to our London theatres each year, with many more enjoying our touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world, or accessing our content through digital channels.

Sadler's Wells commissions and presents more new dance work than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, we have helped to bring over 130 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving our 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today.

We also nurture the next generation of talent through research and development, running the National Youth Dance Company and a range of programmes including Wild Card, New Wave Associates, Open Art Surgery and Summer University.

Sadler's Wells' learning and engagement activities reach over 25,000 annually through programmes that take dance out into the community and invite communities into the theatre. Projects include community productions and the renowned Company of Elders, our resident over-60s performance group, while events range from pre and post-show talks with dance artists to classes, workshops and assisted performances. Find out more.

Located in Islington, north London, the current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler's Wells. Read more about our history.

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

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

Sadler's Wells' West End venue, The Peacock, is the home of entertainment in the heart of London. Every few weeks, The Peacock presents a new live show featuring world-class dancers, daredevil circus acts and breath-taking physical theatre performers.

Sadler's Wells is a registered UK charity. 91% of our annual income is self-generated through ticket sales, commercial income and fundraising. As a National Portfolio Organisation, we currently receive 9% of our revenue from Arts Council England. Find out how to support us.

 

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