Audiences in the West End wishing to witness the very best in contemporary dance regularly flock to Sadler’s Wells, or its West End home the Peacock Theatre, and over the years it has built up a reputation that makes it one of the most renowned dance venues in the country. But what many might not realise is that it is a venue steeped in history as it is the sixth theatre to stand on the site on Rosebery Avenue since 1683. The latest opened back in 1998 and since then it has welcomed some acclaimed shows and seen some of the best international performers take to its stage.
Sadler’s Wells is in fact comprised of two performance spaces for audiences to witness these productions – there’s the main auditorium which is a sizable venue seating more than 1,000 people and there’s also the Lillin Baylis Studio. But the story doesn’t end there either as the company also runs the Peacock Theatre in the West End and it isn’t unusual for shows to transfer from Sadler’s Wells to this venue depending on demand.
From 1998 the venue re-emerged onto the scene after many years of renovations and improvements, which allowed it to flourish in the 21st century. This is why those arriving at Sadler’s Wells are now greeted to a modern facility with an array of amenities and sporting an abundance of seats. It allows it to play up to demand as the auditorium is easily filled.
One of the many recent success stories was the dance hit “Shoes”, which appeared at Sadler’s Wells in 2010 before a West End transfer to the Peacock in 2011. “Shoes” promised to offer something a little different to those flocking to witness the dance acts on display, with the celebration of footwear entertaining audiences through memorable hip-hop performances and Slovakian folk music.
It goes to show that there are plenty of unmissable shows emerging at Sadler’s Wells regularly.
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