Closed 23 June 96 to October 98 for a £48million refurbishment. On 3 Jun 1683 a Mr Sadler opened a pleasure garden at a country spring, this became known as Sadler's Wells. A wooden stage, later enclosed, there was known as Miles' Musik House. Theatre started in 1753. In 1765 a new theatre was opened. For a period it was the Aquatic Theatre with a floodable tank on stage, reverting to its current name in 1844. Closed in 1878 (had been a skating rink and a boxing ring). Re-opened 1879. Closed in 1906. Lilian Baylis opened a theatre there in 1931. Lilian Baylis was the niece of Emma Cons, the first woman member of the LCC and the freeholder of the Royal Victoria Hall and Coffee Tavern (now the Old Vic). Became a solely ballet and opera venue in 1934. Sadler's Wells was the original home of the Royal Ballet (then the Sadler's Wells Ballet) and the opera company from here moved on to the Coliseum. 1500 seats. Now has its own well back in use for the cooling system and bottled water. Very major refurbishment completed in 1998. Society of London Theatre member.
Sylvie Guillem CBE, was born on 23 February 1965 in Paris, France. As a child, she trained in gymnastics under the instruction of her mother, a gymnastics teacher. In 1977 aged 11, she began training at the Paris Opera Ballet School, and in 1981 joined the company's corps de ballet. She was promoted to the rank of "Etoile" by Rudolf Nureyev at the age of 19. Since then she has performed all the leading roles of the classical repertoire with the world's leading companies including The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, the Kirov, The Tokyo Ballet, Australian Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala. Following its successful international tour, Sadler's Wells is delighted to present the return of 6000 miles away, devised and performed by Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Sylvie Guillem. Widely recognised as one of the world's greatest dancers, Guillem stars in this critically lauded evening of work by three of today's most important choreographers: Mats Ek, William Forsythe and Jiri Kylian. The evening features William Forsythe's "profoundly beautiful" duet (The Observer), Rearray and acclaimed Swedish choreographer Mats Ek's solo for Guillem, Bye. Jiri Kylian's duet 27'52" completes the bill, performed by Aurelie Cayla and Lukas Timulak. Running time: 1hr 25mins (including one 20min interval). Tue May13 21 performance in aid of Sea Shepherd.
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