Dance Goes On at Sadler s Wells from OctoberDate: 9 June 1998
Sadler's Wells Theatre - closed for a two-year, £48m redevelopment - is on schedule to re-open in October 1998 with a season of dance, opera, ballet and lyric theatre. Both the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera - itinerant while their own Covent Garden home undergoes a £214m refurbishment - will spend the majority of their 1998/99 seasons at Sadler's Wells.
Other companies featured in the opening season include the Rambert Dance Company, La Cuadra de Sevilla (of Spain), Ballett Frankfurt (of Germany), Sankai Juku (of Japan), the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and Green Candle.
The season opens Monday, 12 October with the Rambert whose programme will feature the world premiere of a work by Christopher Bruce, commissioned by Sadler's Wells and created specifically to celebrate the opening of the theatre.
The new Sadler's Wells is the sixth theatre to stand on the historic site in Islington, north London - Dick Sadler's Musick House first opened there in 1683. The new state-of-the-art, purpose-built development will include the 1,600-seat Sadler's Wells Theatre and the refurbished, 200-seat Lilian Baylis Theatre dedicated to innovative work from young choreogrphers and dancers.
Sadler's Wells also retains a minimum ten-year tenure at the 1,000-seat Peacock Theatre in the West End where it will continue to present dance productions complementing the Islington schedule. Further building improvements, internally and externally, will take place at the Peacock over the coming months.
The Sadler's Wells redevelopment has been funded by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council.
Contact Sadler's Wells box office on +44-171-314-8800 for further information.