Coronavirus Closure - Sadler’s Wells Update

Tuesday 28 July

We are sorry to inform you that due to the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we have had to extend our current period of cancellations until 10 November 2020. This affects all forthcoming shows scheduled across our three theatre spaces - Sadler's Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio and Peacock Theatre.

Despite the very welcome UK Government and Arts Council England announcements on rescue packages for arts organisations including Sadler’s Wells, and the initial reopening of public spaces, we are not yet able to welcome audiences to our theatres. As our programme for this autumn was not created with social distancing restrictions in place, we and the artists and companies we work with are reimagining how we can serve audiences in ways allowed by evolving social distancing requirements. This work will take us some time to do, and we thank you for bearing with us.

We understand how disappointing this information will be to audiences, and want to reassure you that we are working hard behind the scenes to reschedule as many performances as possible and continue to offer the world-class dance our audiences love, in different and creative ways in the meantime. We are continually reviewing the situation and will open at the first point that we are confident we can deliver a programme of work with audience safety and comfort as our priority.

In the meantime, we are sharing dance you can enjoy wherever you are, via our digital channels – from recordings of full performances, to dance works made specifically for film, and online activities to take part in from wherever you are in the world. Follow us on our social media channels for updates and visit our Digital Stage to enjoy this work. If you have tickets for any of the cancelled performances, our Ticket Office team will contact you directly to agree on how you would like your account to be credited.

The cancellation of our live programme has 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.

At this challenging time, we hope you will consider supporting Sadler's Wells if you can. You can choose to donate the value of your ticket/s for cancelled shows or to make a donation 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. You can also support us by becoming a member, to enjoy discounts for our future shows and get involved in our activities.

We can’t wait to welcome you all back as soon as we safely can. In the meantime, we hope to stay connected with you through our digital activity, and genuinely appreciate any support you can show for Sadler’s Wells.

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


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