The new Sadler's Wells is designed to attract international dance companies, create an arts training centre and provide community and education facilities.
It features a 1,560 seat auditorium with a 15m by 15m stage and 80 seat orchestra pit. The auditorium is lined with metal gauze panels that take dramatically transforming light and image projection, uniting audience and performers. There are three foyer galleries with bars, plus rehearsal and teaching spaces.
Built on a site with a long history of theatre buildings, the new one fronts the main thoroughfare, as its predecessor did. Behind is the refurbished Lilian Bayliss Theatre, now the focus for the new Community & Education Centre.
Royal Fine Arts Commission Award 1999, commendation
Civic Trust Award 2000, contribution to the community
Islington Access Award 2000
Sadler's Wells Theatre
clientSadler's Wells Trust
£32m | opened October 1998
photo: Nicholas Kane