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Ten-year plan for Sadler’s Wells

Posted on November 5, 2013


sadlerswellsbelindalawleyAs well as proposals for a new performance space, Sadler’s Wells today announced its aims for the next ten years.

This ten-year plan includes a commitment to invest £5 million in earmarked commissioning funds for original dance works. Choreographer Crystal Pite has been appointed the 16th Sadler’s Wells associate artist, while more than £1 million will be invested in the theatre’s young talent and artist development programmes, including the Sadler’s Wells Summer University, Wild Card and New Wave associates.

The theatre will continue to tour globally and in the UK. The spring/summer season for 2014 will be the busiest for dance in the theatre’s 331-year history, with more than 40 shows.

The theatre’s annual report for 2012-13, published online today, includes 569 performances with an audience of almost 500,000 – an increase on last year. 42% of the total audience came to see performances that had been commissioned, co-commissioned or produced by Sadler’s Wells, while there were 68,962 first-time attenders over the year. 90% of the venue’s turnover was self-generated, with 71% coming from ticket sales.

The venue has just announced highlights from its spring/summer 2014 season, which goes on sale next week.


Picture: Sadler’s Wells. Photograph: Belinda Lawley



Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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