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Sadler's Wells
Londres
Angleterre

Construction: 1683
Topologie du théâtre
Nombre de salles actives: 2
Salle 1: Theatre (1560)    1683 - Actif
Salle 2: Lilian Baylis Studio (200)    1683 - Actif
Accès
En métro: Angel
En bus: 19, 38 and 341
Adresse: Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN
Evolution
Bâtiment: 1683. Theatre opened in Edward Sadler’s grounds for entertainment / 1765. Theatre rebuilt by Thomas Rosoman / 1879. Theatre remodelled by C. J. Phipps / 1901. Building again remodelled by Bertie Crewe / 1931. Sadler's Wells rebuilt by F. G. M. Chancellor for Lilian Baylis / 1996. Chancellor's theatre mostly demolished and rebuilt by Renton Howard Wood Levine with Nicholas Hare Associates / Statutorily Listed Historic Building: Grade II
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The evolution of Sadler’s Wells from its origins in 1683, through its various metamorphoses, to the emergence of the present building, opened in 1998.
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Lilian Baylis Studio
(200)    1683 - Actif

Edward Sadler, Surveyor of the Highways, lived a comfortable late 17th-century life in rural Clerkenwell, his two-storey detached house surrounded by a large, well-treed garden, hinting at the possibility of profitable interests beyond his day job. In an area known up to the 16th century for its healing wells, Sadler discovered to his delight that he had on his land a chalybeate spring once owned by the medieval Hospital of St John, Clerkenwell, the head house of the Knights Hospitallers in England. A born entrepreneur, Sadler set out immediately to market his Iron-infused water - with considerable, almost Instantaneous success, comparable with the modern bottled mineral water phenomenon. So impressive was his strategy that hypochondriacs, including members of the royal family, flocked to Clerkenwell; but so did Imitators. To fend off the competition, Sadler imported live entertainment - music, pageantry, fireworks and dancing - similar to that at fashionable Vauxhall Gardens, south of the River Thames, for the amusement of his clientèle. Sadler's so-called Musick House, later to become picturesquely known as New Tunbridge Wells, grew Into a typical seven-bay, two-storey country house with up-to- date sashed windows under a steeply pitched tile roof. Sadler’s ‘theatre’, where the entertainments were presented, survived in the grounds until the mid-18th century, by which time public interest had waned and the audience had become disreputable.
In 1765 Thomas Rosoman bought the property and rebuilt the wooden ’theatre’ in more substantial masonry In what were, by this time, less tranquil surroundings, and In its revitalized form the theatre became well known for Its burlesques and pantomimes. In 1804 the nearby New River was ingeniously channelled Into the building for the staging of contemporary victorious naval battles. In the later 1840s the Chartist movement, an expression of an upsurge in working-class egalitarian feeling, gathered strength in London; with revolution In France along with economic depression and rampant cholera outbreaks at home, the Marseillaise was heard to be played at Sadler’s Wells in anticipation of a civil war that failed to materialize.
Although Shakespeare returned to the Wells after the passing of the Theatres Act in 1843, which broke the grip of the patent theatres, the venue was not popular; in fact, the term ‘Sadler's Wells make-up' (consisting of limewash scrapings and dust) was an allusion to the theatre’s poverty of resources. In the early 1870s new uses were proposed for the building, and in 1876 the New Spa Roller Skating Rink opened. Even after the Interior had been remodelled by C. J. Phipps in 1879, the public stayed away. Music hall generated some response over the following decades, and in 1901 the building was again remodelled, this time by architect Bertie Crewe, only to become a cinema and then to close in 1906.
The theatre’s true salvation was not forthcoming until the Wells was taken over by Lilian Baylls in 1925 to run in tandem with her already flourishing Old Vic Theatre. She demolished the old building and in 1931 rebuilt on the site, commissioning architect F. G. M. Chancellor to carry out the work, which he did in a dour, unimaginative style. Under the distinguished direction of Ninette de Valois, opera and ballet gained momentum, and the 'North London Old Vic’ emerged from the theatrical shadows. Success followed success, albeit erratically. In 1988 the Baylls Theatre was designed by architects Chamberlain, Powell and Bon, and in 1994 Ian Albury became chief executive. Two years later, under his inspired leadership, Chancellor's building was demolished to make way for a new theatre designed by Renton Howard Wood Levine, with Nicholas Hare Associates, which would be moulded Into the skeletal fabric of the earlier building.
The Inevitable problems associated with designing a new theatre in this way on a restricted site have been overcome at the Wells in a bold but severe solution. The cold silver-grey panelling of the fly-tower is offset by the dramatic foyer glazing and warm brickwork, beautifully laid in Flemish bond to the body of the building. The light and airy foyer levels are designed for multipurpose use, with rooms of varying sizes adjacent on each floor, thus offering the possibility of additional sources of finance (which are only too necessary).
Although the basic form of the structure has been maintained, the grid has been raised from 16 metres to 22 metres and the proscenium has been widened from 9 to 15 metres. The seating lacks luxury, and the preserving of earlier levels within the auditorium has caused sightllnes to the rear of the stalls and first circle to be curtailed. Disabled access, though, has been carefully considered throughout the building.
So, here In Rosebery Avenue a dreary building has been swept away to be replaced by a theatre of the highest quality, where architectural aesthetics and technology have made a near-perfect marriage. Completing a very special ensemble Is the pioneering Spa Green Estate of 1946-50, designed by international modernist architects Lubetkin and Skinner, while next door to the theatre is the impressive Metropolitan Water Board Building (1914-20) designed by H. Austen Hall. Enhancing the group Is Thomas Rudge’s Angel of Victory memorial close by in Spa Gardens.
And yes, Richard Sadler's well has been preserved - in the corridor at the back of the stalls!

1683. Theatre opened in Edward Sadler’s grounds for entertainment / 1765. Theatre rebuilt by Thomas Rosoman / 1879. Theatre remodelled by C. J. Phipps / 1901. Building again remodelled by Bertie Crewe / 1931. Sadler's Wells rebuilt by
F. G. M. Chancellor for Lilian Baylis / 1996. Chancellor's theatre mostly demolished and rebuilt by Renton Howard Wood Levine with Nicholas Hare Associates / Statutorily Listed Historic Building: Grade II

The evolution of Sadler’s Wells from its origins in 1683, through its various metamorphoses, to the emergence of the present building, opened in 1998.


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Original London

18) Carmen La Cubana (Original London)

Joué durant  2 semaines

Première preview: mer. 01 août 2018
Première: jeu. 02 août 2018
Dernière: dim. 19 août 2018

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Christopher Renshaw •  
Chorégraphe: Roclan Gonzalez Chavez •  
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Revival

17) West Side Story (Revival)

Joué durant  1 mois 2 semaines

Première preview: mer. 07 août 2013
Première: mer. 07 août 2013
Dernière: dim. 22 septembre 2013

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Joey McKneely •  
Chorégraphe: Joey McKneely •  
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Revival

16) Fela! (Revival)

Joué durant  1 mois

Première preview: mer. 20 juillet 2011
Première: mar. 26 juillet 2011
Dernière: dim. 28 août 2011

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Bill T Jones •  
Chorégraphe: Bill T Jones •  
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Original

15) Cinderella (Bourne) (Original)

Joué durant  1 mois 3 semaines

Première preview: mar. 30 novembre 2010
Première: mar. 30 novembre 2010
Dernière: dim. 23 janvier 2011

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Matthew Bourne •  
Chorégraphe: Matthew Bourne •  
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Revival

14) West Side Story (Revival)

Joué durant  1 mois 1 semaine

Première preview: mar. 22 juillet 2008
Première: jeu. 24 juillet 2008
Dernière: dim. 31 août 2008

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Joey McKneely •  
Chorégraphe: Joey McKneely •  
Avec: Ryan Silverman/Scott Sussman ( Tony), Elisa Cordova/Sofia Escobar (Maria ), Leo Ash Evans (Riff), V ictor James Wisehart (Diesel), Alana Gordon/Oneika Phillips (Anita) , Marco Santiago (Bernardo), Steven Greenstein, Julian Alvarez, Sara Dobbs 

Commentaire: This production played a short season in London, following dates in Tokyo, Paris and Beijing. With a cast of 40 and large orchestra, this was an international celebration of the show’s 50 th anniversary. The critics were delighted to report it was as powerful, dramatic and exciting as ever, though several felt the “dream ballet” sequence for the “Somewhere” number was the only give-away of the show’s age – the only part of the show that felt dated and seriously out of place.  (plus) 

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Revival

13) Singin' in the Rain (Revival)

Joué durant  1 mois

Première preview: jeu. 29 juillet 2004
Première: mar. 03 août 2004
Dernière: sam. 04 septembre 2004

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Paul Kerryson •  
Chorégraphe: Adam Cooper •  
Avec: Cast: Adam Cooper (Don Lockwood), Simon Coulthard (Cosmo Brown), Josefina Gabrielle (Kathy Seiden), Ronni Ancona (Lina Lamont), Claude Close (Roscoe Dexter) 

Commentaire: This was planned for a five week run before transferring to the Leicester Haymarket Theatre. It received very mixed notices, especially for Adam Cooper (who had earlier been the great success of the Matthew Bourne version of “Swan Lake”. However, there was universal praise for Ronni Ancona, who stole the show as Lina Lamont.  (plus) 

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Revival

12) Sweeney Todd (Revival)

Joué durant  1 semaine

Première preview: ven. 07 juin 2002
Première: ven. 07 juin 2002
Dernière: sam. 15 juin 2002

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: David McVicar •  
Chorégraphe: Jonathan Butterell •  
Avec: Steven Page (Sweeney Todd), Beverley Klein (Mrs Lovett), Daniel Broad (Anthony), Malcolm Rivers (Judge Turpin), Anna-Clare Monk (Joanna), Christopher Saunders (Tobias), Stuart Kale (Pirelli), Gillian Kirkpatrick (Beggar Woman), Stephen Briggs (Beadle) 

Commentaire: This production was originally created in 1998 by Opera North and now revived for a short tour. The original Leeds production had been much praised, but this revival was loaded with superlatives, with several critics claiming this was its best staging to date.  (plus) 

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Revival

11) Calamity Jane (Revival)

Joué durant  3 semaines

Première preview: jeu. 23 mai 1996
Première: jeu. 23 mai 1996
Dernière: sam. 15 juin 1996

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Paul Kerryson •  
Chorégraphe:  
Avec: Gemma Craven (Calamity Jane), Stephen McGann (Wild Bill Hickok), Stuart Pendred (Lieutenant Danny Martin), Nicole Carty (Adelaide Adams), Grace Kinirons (Katie Brown), James Gavin (Francis Fryer) 

Commentaire: This season at Sadler’s Wells was part of national tour. Gemma Craven received a lot of praise, but it was felt the scenery and staging was not up to London standards.  (plus) 

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Revival

10) Cavalcade (Revival)

Joué durant  2 semaines

Première preview: mer. 16 août 1995
Première: mer. 16 août 1995
Dernière: sam. 02 septembre 1995

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Dan Crawford •  
Chorégraphe: Elizabeth Blake •  
Avec: Gabrielle Drake (Jane Marryott), Jeremy Clyde (Robert Marryott), Nicky Goldie (Mrs Bridges), Scott Morgan (Alfred Bridges), Rosalind Bailey, Lisa Bowerman, Steffan Boje, Jon Peterson, Caroline Oliver, Penelope Woodman, Ian McLarnon, Siv Klynderud, Virginia Courtney, Terri Lewis, Nigel Denham 

Commentaire: The original premiere in 1931 at Drury Lane involved great spectacle, massive sets and a professional cast of over 200 including Mary Claire, Edward Sinclair, John Mills, Irene Browne, Una O’Connor, Arthur McCrae and Moyra Nugent. The show was very successful and ran for almost a year. Because of its size and enormous production costs, it has never been revived on anything like its original scale. The work provided the idea for the 1970s television series “Upstairs Downstairs”.
This revival had started at Bromley and was part of an extensive UK tour. In each city the basic professional cast of 15 people would be augmented by hundreds of local amateurs and a large number of children, with several teams of children in each venue because of licensing restrictions. It required an extremely complex system of rehearsals dealing with the ever-changing cast of supernumaries. The Sadler’s Wells production used 275 extras.  (plus) 

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Revival

9) Pickwick (Revival)

Joué durant  1 mois 1 semaine

Première preview: Inconnu
Première: jeu. 14 octobre 1993
Dernière: sam. 20 novembre 1993

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Patrick Garland •  
Chorégraphe: Gillian Lynne •  
Avec: Harry Secombe {Mr Pickwick), David Cardy (Sam Weller), Roy Castle (Tony Weller) , Michael Howe (Mr Jingle), Ruth Madoc (Mrs Bardell) , Alexandra Bastedo (Rachel Wardle), Peter Land (Augustus Snodgrass), Robert Meadmore, Glyn Houston 

Commentaire: This production originated at Chichester in July. Thirty years after its premiere, Harry Secombe was still capable of giving a much-praised performance, though the style of the show had dated somewhat in the eyes of most critics.  (plus) 

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Revival

8) Sound of Music (The) (Revival)

Joué durant  

Nb de représentations: 44 représentations
Première preview: Inconnu
Première: lun. 22 juin 1992
Dernière: Inconnu

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Wendy Toye •  
Chorégraphe:  
Avec: Liz Robertson (Maria), Christopher Cazenove (Captain von Trapp), Linda Hibberd (Mother Abbess), Jan Waters (Elsa), Robin Nedwell (Max Detweiler), Lottie Mayor (Liesl), George Alprey (Rolf) 

Commentaire: This production came to London following a long nationwide tour.  (plus) 

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Return Engagement

7) King and I (The) (Return Engagement)

Joué durant  1 semaine

Première preview: Inconnu
Première: sam. 06 juillet 1991
Dernière: sam. 13 juillet 1991

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: James Hammerstein •  
Chorégraphe: Yuriko •  
Avec: Susan Hampshire {Anna), avid Yip (King), Sandra Browne (Lady Thiang), Jane Arden (Tuptim), William Michaels (Lun Tha) 

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Revival

6) King and I (The) (Revival)

Joué durant  3 semaines

Première preview: mar. 12 février 1991
Première: mar. 12 février 1991
Dernière: mer. 06 mars 1991

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: James Hammerstein •  
Chorégraphe: Yuriko •  
Avec: Susan Hampshire (Anna), Koshiro Matsumoto IX (King), Sandra Browne (Lady Thiang), Grace Kinirons (Tuptim), William Michaels (Lun Tha) 

Commentaire: This was a limited run, prior to a national tour. Koshiro Matsumoto IX was Japan’s leading actor, and a much praised legend in his homeland. By the time the tour made a repeat visit to Sadler’s Wells, the role of the King had been taken over by David Yip, who received excellent notices.  (plus) 

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Revival

5) Merry Widow (The) (Revival)

Joué durant  

Première preview: Inconnu
Première: mar. 22 mai 1990
Dernière: Inconnu

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Wilfred Judd •  
Chorégraphe: Jenny Weston •  
Avec: Heather Lorrimer, Eleanor Bennet, Richard Halton, Andrew Forbes-Lane, Ian Platt, Charles Johnston, Lynne McAdam, Sally-Anne Middleton, Gemma Carrurhers 

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Revival

4) Bitter Sweet (Revival)

Joué durant  

Nb de représentations: 28 représentations
Première preview: Inconnu
Première: jeu. 25 février 1988
Dernière: Inconnu

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Ian Judge •  
Chorégraphe: Lindsay Dolan •  
Avec: Valerie Masterson/Ann McKay (Sarah Millick), Martin Smith (Carl Linden), Rosemary Ashe (Manon), Clive Walton (Vincent Howard), Rupert Vansittart (Hugh Devon), Rachel Izen (Gussi), Alec Bregonzi (Marquis ofShayne), Gordon Sandison (Capt. Schenzi) 

Commentaire: The original London production was at His Majesty’s Theatre, July 12th 1929 where it ran for 697 performances with a cast including American actress, Peggy Wood, and Georges Metaxa, Billy Milton and Robert Newton. This was its first London revival in almost 60 years.  (plus) 

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Revival

3) Bless the Bride (Revival)

Joué durant  

Nb de représentations: 54 représentations
Première preview: sam. 08 août 1987
Première: mar. 11 août 1987
Dernière: Inconnu

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Christopher Renshaw •  
Chorégraphe: Gillian Gregory •  
Avec: Jan Hartley {Lucy Veracity Willow), Bernard Alane {Pierre Fontaine), Simon Williams (Thomas Trout), Ruth Madoc (Suzanne Valois), Una Stubbs (Mary Willow), Gerald Harper {Augustus Willow), John Griffiths, Robert Meadmore, Jean Challis, (Children: Russell Grubiak, Jade Magri) 

Commentaire: This was a 40th Anniversary Production. The original production has been at the Adelphi Theatre on April 26th 1947 where it ran for 886 performances. The original cast included Lizbeth Webb, Georges Guetary, Brian Reece and Betty Paul, directed and choreographed by Wendy Toye and produced by C.B.Cochran. This production was a joint venture intended to transfer to the West End after its Sadler’s Wells run. The transfer did not happen, and the show ended up with a £600,000 loss.  (plus) 

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Revival

2) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Revival)

Joué durant  

Nb de représentations: 90 représentations
Première preview: Inconnu
Première: mer. 23 décembre 1981
Dernière: Inconnu

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Bill Kenwright •  
Chorégraphe: Henry Metcalf •  
Avec: Jess Conrad (Joseph), Peter Lawrence (Jacob/Potiphar), John Melvin (Benjamin), Claire Peters (Potiphar’s Wife), Dave Mayberry (Pharaoh), Leo Keith Raymel (Narrator), Eric Danot, Ashley Heech, Mickie Driver 

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Revival

1) Merrie England (Revival)

Joué durant  

Première preview: mer. 10 août 1960
Première: mer. 10 août 1960
Dernière: Inconnu

Salle: Theatre (1560 places)

Metteur en scène: Dennis Arundell •  
Chorégraphe: James Robertson • John Barker •  
Avec: Anna Pollak, John Hargreaves, John Carolan, Joan Stuart, Patricia Kern, Denis Dowling, Ava June, Leon Greene, Sylvia Rowlands, John Holmes, Alfred Oldridge 

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