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Sadler's Wells Theatre

Sadler’s Wells Theatre London

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
Nearest Underground: Angel (Northern line)
Nearest Buses: 19, 38, 341, 171a

Theatre Facts & History

Date opened: 11 October 1998
Theatre designed by: RHWL and Nicholas Hare
First production: Rambert Dance Company in Iolanthe
Number of seats: 1,500
Other info:There have been a number of theatres on this site since 1683: The first theatre, called the “Musick House”, opened in 1638, renamed the “Miles’s Musick House” in 1699, and was demolished in 1765. The Second theatre opened in April 1765 designed by Thomas Roasoman; modifications to this theatre large water tanks creating an Aquatic Theatre. The theatre was condemned as a dangerous structure in 1878. The fourth theatre opened in 1879 as a music hall remodelled by C. J. Phipps , and it was converted into a cinema in 1896; it closed in 1915. Due to the efforts of Lilian Baylis, the penultimate theatre opened on 6 January 1931 designed by F.G.M. Chancellor, and closed on 30 June 1996. The Sixth and current theatre opened on 11 October 1998. The current theatre also includes the  Lilian Baylis Studio theatre.
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