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About Sadler’s Wells East

A new kind of cultural destination with local roots, national impact and global perspectives

Sadler’s Wells East is our fourth venue, due to open at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

It’s part of the East Bank development, a new cultural quarter in East London alongside the BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL and the V&A.

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What is Sadler’s Wells East?

Sadler’s Wells East will be a hub for creativity, with a 550-seat flexible theatre and six studios for creating and developing dance productions.

Sadler’s Wells East will support artist development and training, and the creation of new work. It is a resource for the whole of the UK, offering a destination venue for dance companies around Britain to tour to the capital, and hosting the best work from international choreographers. Performances developed on the Stratford stage will tour the UK and the world, reaching new audiences.

Being part of the community in Stratford is key for us, and Sadler’s Wells East will play a crucial role in the economic regeneration of the area. Our aspiration is that at least 50% of jobs created for our new venue will go to people from the four local boroughs – Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.

The Dance Floor, a public performance space in the theatre’s large wrap-around foyer, will give a platform to community groups and guest artists and will be a welcoming space for all styles of dance. The building will be open all day and will offer visitors a range of food and drink options. We can’t wait to open our doors and welcome audiences to Sadler’s Wells East.

Sadler’s Wells East brings alive our promise to offer ‘dance from every angle’. You’ll find variety, brilliance, and adventure – hip hop, ballet, flamenco, South Asian dance, the best dance companies from the UK and around the world, a Christmas dance show and plenty of other shows for families. Plus, plenty of free day long activity on our Dance Floor.
Britannia Morton, Executive Director and Co-Chief Executive
Sir Alistair Spalding CBE, Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director and Co-Chief Executive

Sadler’s Wells East will play a huge part in the world-class cultural offer at East Bank in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We are bringing together leading institutions as part of our capital’s biggest single investment in culture and education for over a century. This will create new jobs and new experiences for Londoners and visitors for years to come, putting culture and creativity at the very heart of east LondonMayor of London, Sadiq Khan

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