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Pianist, Conductor, Composer, Thomas Ades is one of the UK's most influential contemporary artists. A multi award winner, he remains the only composer to have won the  Royal Philharmonic Prize for large scale composition three times. In this epic new Sadler's Wells programme, See The Music, Hear The Dance, Ades conducts his only London appearance in 2014. Featuring four dance works- Including two world premieres - set to some of his most celebrated music and played live by one of the world's most distinguished and pioneering ensembles, Britten Sinfonia. 

The evening begins with the beautiful Outlier, choreographed by Associate Artist Wayne McGregor to Ades violin concerto Concentric Paths played by Thomas Gould. This mesmerising European premiere was originally created for the New York City Ballet and is remounted as a co-production with eleven dancers of the Royal Ballet of Flanders who make a welcome return to London.

Karole Armitage is renowned for pushing boundaries to create contemporary work that blends dance, music and art. She presents her exquisite duet Life Story, set to Ades work based on words by Tennessee Williams. Performed by two dancers of her New York based Armitage Gone! Dance Company, the piece features British Soprano Claire Booth, with Ades on piano. 

New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley presents the world premiere of The Grit in the Oyster. Whitley's sensuous and intricately detailed choreography sets to a trio of dances against the absorbing Piano Quintet, exploring ideas od obsession and transformation with Ades on piano.

The evening culminates in a New World premiere, choreographed by Crystal Pite in response to Ades' vast and formidable Polaris. Pite choreographs a cast of 60 dancers in the spiralling structures inspired by Ades' creation: a turbulent voyage for dancers and musicians alike. 

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Choose your seats from the plan of the Sadler's Wells above. If you're making your first visit to a theatre or you're simply unsure about where you'd most like to be seated, here's a quick guide to help you choose:

The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.

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Sadler's Wells


Sadler's Wells is situated on Rosebery Avenue in Islington, close to Angel tube station. Originally constructed in 1683, Sadler’s Wells was completely rebuilt several times prior to its current incarnation as a 1560 seat venue.


It's been a music hall and a cinema, and was restored as a theatre in the early 20th century.


Today, Sadler’s Wells enjoys consistent success and is known as both a producing and receiving house (a theatre that hosts productions it hasn’t originated itself). It presents theatre, dance and contemporary music performances. 


Like any long-serving institution, it’s experienced its fair share of changes over the years. With the exception of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the site on which Sadler’s Wells stands is the longest established continuous place of entertainment in the United Kingdom. An entertainment venue has occupied its site since the 1683 construction of the Musick House. That old wooden venue was demolished in 1765 to make room for a new brick theatre, which was opened in April of that year.


In 1772 the interior of the theatre was reconstructed. Ten years later the theatre was demolished completely and rebuilt on the same site. In 1879 the interior of the theatre was remodelled once more, with only the exterior walls remaining.


After a number of different managers during the 20th century the theatre became run down and closed in in 1915. It reopened in 1931, and the Sadler’s Wells Ballet School and the Vic-Wells Ballet Schools were established. Sadler’s Wells closed during WWII and did not reopen again until 1945.


The current theatre opened in 1998. The new design provided a larger stage, allowing larger companies and performances in the theatre.   


Recent successes include Zero Degrees, Push, Rambert Dance Company, Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures and Matthew Bourne’s A Play Without Words.


Whatever you decide to see at Sadler’s Wells, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.

Venue Address: Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TNView Map

Venue Facilities:

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible

Travel Info

Nearest Tube Station:Angel
Tube Lines:Northern
Nearest Rail:King's Cross St Pancras
Bus Numbers:(Rosebery Avenue) 19, 38, 341; (Upper Street) 4, 43, 56, 153; (Pentonville Road) 30, 205, 214, 394, 476
Night Bus Numbers:(Rosebery Avenue) N19, N38, N41, 341; (Upper Street) 43; (Pentonville Road) 205, 214, N73
Congestion Charge Zone:Yes
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