18 reviews of Sadlers Wells Theatre in English
I have to write my first review on my all-time favourite place in London. Stylish modern theatre, friendly atmosphere and eclectic crowd. Small enough to offer good view from every seat (the limited view ones are a real bargain), and pricing in general is very moderate, with the added bonus of a 20% discount if you book 2 shows from the website. To my mind with seats starting at £9 Sadler’s Well offer outstanding value for money for a night out in London, and even more considering the quality of the shows.
The programme is very diverse and offer world-class companies and artists in all the styles you could think of; from ballet, contemporary to hip-hop or ethnic. I have been challenged at times but never disappointed. One of the highlights of the year is the Flamenco festival in February, a rare chance to see the best artists in London.
I hate planning things in advance but this is the one thing I love to organise; the website offer video clips for most of the shows which give a very good idea of the feel and style of the performance. I am always so excited to book the season ahead, I don’t break the bank and it is a comforting thought to enter the autumn with great indoors activities lined-up to brighten up shorter days and gloomy weather.
I have been coming to watch dance shows here for the past year and have been impressed by the variety. You can come here if you don't know anything about dance and enjoy yourself(there isn't a snooty atmosphere here and you don't need to dress up), or you can come as a regular wanting to see what your fave companies are doing.Best to book online in advance to take advantage of being able to choose your seats plus you get 20% discount if you book for at least 2 shows at the same time. I saw the Northern Ballet's new production "Cleopatra" at the weekend. The music was inspiring and the costumes were lovely.I especially liked the modern choreography done by the groups of male dancers as it involved contemporary moves and floorwork, not just regular ballet moves. Julie Charlet was excellent in her role as Cleopatra; she's a very expressive and fluid dancer.
I was lucky to see a few of the flamenco performances on the last flamenco festival in Feb and not only the festival was fab and a real winner for Sadler Wells to have, but the venue was great as well.
It is a fresh and modern venue, closely located to Angel tube station. Therefore it is not in the usual very central location, which can be a breath of fresh air too. Nonetheless, it is central enough for anyone to reach it easily.
There is a nice cafe on its side (easy to miss), as you are facing the entrance on its right. It has sandwiches and hot food (including vegetarian soup) too, reasonably priced by the way.
This venue offers good and sometimes alternative performances. At the moment you can catch the musical Shoes there at a fraction of the price of what it will be when it moves to the West End in a few weeks.
Overall, a good discovery all around if you have never been there. You should try it out.
A great venue. Stylish, modern and about as convenient as convenient could be perched atop Roseberry Avenue a mere stroll from my home.
I am usually more interested in their Christmas schedules as there's more chance I might have some idea of what is actually going on. A trip to see Matthew Bourne's take on Dorian Gray had me glued to my seat, utterly perplexed and without the foggiest notion of what was occurring within the majestic production unfolding. And I've read the book.
If I remember correctly they do serve some wicked ice cream, though, which kept me suitably occupied.
Came here for the first time last month for the Breakin’ Convention (the annual hip hop and street dance festival) and loved every minute of it.
The venue itself is very nice, with a couple of levels of bars for refreshments and even though our seats were up int he gods we had a great view of all the performaces. We were there for a five or six hours and it was a great afternoon, thoroughly recommend it.
I went to Sadler’s Wells for the first time this weekend to see Matthew Bourne’s production of Edward Scissorhand’s - the ballet.
We struggled to locate the theatre and had to check a map on the way but this was more due to our ineptitude to check the location than it being difficult to find. In reality the theatre is about a ten minute walk from Angel Tube (that’s in heels - for a normal person read 10 as 5).
We arrived at the theatre which had a fantastic atmosphere in the entrance with people milling around drinking and chatting. Even though it was full there was no sense of being over crowded. The theatre is modern, bright and spacious with a long stylish looking bar across one side and a box office counter where you can collect your tickets. We decided to check in our coats with some trepidation but there was no queue whatsoever and we were back in the bar with some cold champagne about ten minutes later.
We were extremely lucky to get seats for about £8 each in the second circle, which were certainly not the best seats in the house but not at all bad with a very good (if far away) view of the proceedings. The ballet was wonderful and we thoroughly enjoyed the performance (but I think that’s another review). My one criticism of the theatre would be that they do not allow drinks in the auditorium, which is unlike most places who allow you in with a plastic glass. This meant that our bottle of champagne which had happily been chilling behind the bar ready for the interval, had to be nearly downed in attempt not to waste it. Most people appeared to be in the same situation as 15 minutes was barely time to drink a glass of wine let alone a bottle. It was disappointing.
After the performance we expected long queues for the toilets, the cloakroom and leaving the building but there were none. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and other than the drinks issue, one of the most pleasant venues I have ever been to. Highly recommended.
Sadler’s Wells always offers great performances… especially contemporary dance performances… I love the Akram Khan performances for the past 3 years… it is a pity that this year it was done in the National Theatre.
It’s a great theatre in Islington…. I will definitely go for more shows in the future…
one down side, the abr area is a little too small… seating is not always available.
I love Sadler’s Wells, they always have good dance bits on. I have seen all kionds of things here and always enjoyed them.
It has been done up beautifully and it feels very contemporary inside. The first time I went here I saw the Nutcracker as a little girl and it was so beautiful I wanted to be a ballerina (until I realised how hard it is to look so effortlessly graceful all the time!)
Definately worth a visit, and a great place to take little girls at christmas!
My family and I went to Sadler’s Wells to see West Side Story which was very good and the ticket prices were reasonable at £10 each. Hower it can be a bit claustrophobic if you’re in the cheaper seats as there’s little leg room and the Pimms we ordered during the interval was very overpriced. Other than that we had an enjoyable time and would reccomend their productions.
I love modern dance; no surprise then that the Sadlers Wells is one of my favourite theatres. I can still remember the old theatre, but the new auditorium is even better. I think there isn’t a single seat in the house that doesn’t offer a great view. The rows are generously paced apart and you aren’t crammed - not even up in the second circle.
Depending on what is on show, the audience is made up of dancers, arty types, gay couples and middle-aged women. Or a bit of everything, as was the case with yesterday’s final performance of Matthew Bourne’s “Dorian Gray”.
As dance shows are usually on a relatively short run, I have only ever experienced full house performances.
I like the atmosphere before the show starts. The ground floor bar is buzzing and people are milling around in- and outside waiting for their mates to arrive.
The bar staff on the second circle were particularly rubbish last night - what a shame. It doesn’t seem to be possible to order your interval drinks as in some of the more traditional establishments.
Still, the overall experience was great and I have already booked tickets for the next show.
Public transport is OK, with Angel station just 5 minutes away; but a real bonus is its close proximity to Exmouth Market with its great choice of bars and restaurants (doesn’t apply to Sundays when the area is completely dead).
What an experience! I went to see West Side Story here recently and was absolutely blown away by the show, and the theatre. I am a fairly frequent visitor to theatres in the West End, but after experiencing such a great night at Sadler’s Wells, I will be extending my theatre going to this important and great arts venue. The lineup of shows to come is so tempting and varied and the quality is higher than anything I have experienced before. The theatre is beautifully laid out with space enough to move in - a treat in itself in London. I didn’t go to the restaurant here but the menu looks delightful and I think I’ll be treating myself to a meal here in future. Doing a bit of research on the theatre, I now appreciate how important it is and what a role it plays in the cultural life of London. If you get a chance to see a show here, don’t hesitate. It will be one of your best experiences in this city!
I’ve seen two productions at this theatre and this included a Japanese Kabuki play and Beijng Opera production, which were both very good. If the play is performed in a foreign language, they always provide a large screen with English subtitles or headphones with English translations. However be warned, you have to pay for these at £5 per headphone. The décor is very contemporary and to the bestest quality much like its customer service. Also during intervals ice cream and alcohol are available, which is to be expected at any sublime theatre. Sadler’s Wells work with various performing art productions, on an international scale, so their shows are always varied and sure to cater for all interests. They typically advertise their events in the London underground as well as their website, so make sure you check it out regularly to ensure that you’re not missing a show that might tickle your fancy. Also confirm your booking at least a month in advance as Sadler’s Wells’ shows are very popular and sell out fast.
I travelled here from High Wycombe to see Edward Scissor hands and it was worth the travel. The lighting and atmosphere even on our student priced restricted view tickets was amazing. Everything was clear to see even in our seats, although anyone with vertigo may have to fork out for better tickets. I loved the performance and the special effects were great. I'm keeping my eye on up and coming events, as they do a wide range of dance productions too.
Sadler's Wells is London's premier dance venue hosting a series of ballets, contemporary and modern dance performances and sometimes opera. Tickets are not extravagantly expensive and there are various discounts available (students, OAPs etc); standbys are sold from an hour before at the box office.
Seats are comfortable although the hall tends to become overheated and it's not an especially beautiful setting. The crowd is eclectic: seasoned theatre goers, ballet-besotted teenage girls and there's a large gay scene. Come in a suit or in jeans and a shirt: it's a welcoming venue and the bar on the ground floor is popular despite extortionately priced drinks.
I've only been here once before but it's a really great Theatre.
the only downside is the bar. The bar staff were quite slow and drinks are expensive.
The crowd is very much upper class.
I would recommend getting a good seat as the seats we had were in the stalls and we couldnt see the top bit of the stage. So book in advance.
This is a fantastic theatre and has some incrediable performance. i have seen many classical and contemporary performance here and the shows and theatre itself never fails to impressive.
If you what to see a classical ballet and a moderen contemporary performance this is definately one of the best venues to London to do so.
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