Sadler’s Wells Coronavirus Update

Thursday 15 October 2020

We are very happy to be able to share a special programme of live dance and digital content for Sadler’s Wells this autumn, including performances for socially distanced audiences, and new details about our online series, Digital Stage In Focus. This programme can still go ahead as planned, as it complies with guidance from the UK government on activities allowed in London under the current Tier 2 Covid alert level. However, audiences can now only book adjoining seats within households or support bubbles. We will ensure all ticket bookers are made aware of this change via email during the week commencing 19 October and will ask them to amend their bookings accordingly, if needed.

Live events include socially distanced performances from a stellar line-up of Sadler’s Wells associate companies and artists, including English National Ballet with a specially commissioned programme of five world premieres from Arielle Smith, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Yuri Possokhov and Stina Quagebeur; the rescheduled world premiere performances of Alexander Whitley Company’s Overflow; a mini festival of new work from Breakin’ Convention; and the return of Arthur Pita’s family favourite The Little Match Girl for two weeks at Christmas. Tickets for all performances announced today are available via priority booking from Monday 12 October and are on public sale from Thursday 15 October.

These events follow performances of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s now sold-out Lazuli Sky at the end of October, Sadler’s Wells’ first public socially distanced events since lockdown.

To help artists, audiences and colleague be and feel safe and enjoy these events, Sadler’s Wells has introduced a series of new Covid-19 safety measures and is closely following UK Government guidance. You can read more about these measures here. If these performances are unable to be presented due to changes to UK Government coronavirus restrictions, customers will be contacted as soon as possible and given the option to receive a full refund. Sadler's Wells, alongside all companies performing in upcoming events, have also followed recommended UK government protocols in order ensure the safety of all artists and crew involved by creating performances in a Covid-secure environment.

We are also pleased to extend our digital offering with new details confirmed for our Digital Stage In Focus series, in which world-leading companies take over our digital channels to make and share brand new bespoke content. Full details for upcoming collaborations with ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and Candoco Dance Company, are now available, including a new film commission and guided dance workshops. You can find more about them and all our Digital Stage content here.

While performances announced today represent the next steps as we move towards reopening our theatres, these are the only events we have confirmed to take place at Sadler’s Wells Theatre this autumn. All other performances scheduled until 24 January 2021 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre have been cancelled or postponed. The Lilian Baylis Studio and The Peacock theatre remain closed to the public at this time.

Our extended period of closure continues to have major financial implications for us. We’re a charity and more than 90% of our income comes from being able to welcome people to our venues. Similarly, the many dance artists and technicians, many of whom are freelancers and are critical to staging our work are facing financial uncertainty. A key priority for us continues to be working to build our future seasons with our colleagues in the sector so you can support and enjoy them.

At this challenging time, we hope you will consider supporting Sadler's Wells. You can buy a ticket, you can become a member of Sadler’s Wells and if you would like to, you can donate here. We are fortunate that any donations we receive will be matched by a group of generous individuals, doubling what we can raise in this time.

We can’t wait to welcome you all back to our theatres. We’re excited to begin to open our doors to audiences next month, and to share future plans with you as soon as possible. In the meantime, we also hope to stay connected with you through our digital platforms and genuinely appreciate any support you can show for Sadler’s Wells.

Alistair Spalding and Britannia Morton
Artistic Director & Chief Executive and Executive Director


Coronavirus update: join us on Digital Stage and for socially distant performances, which are still allowed under Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions for London. Read more