Occupying a site with a long tradition of entertaining Londoners, Sadler's Wells exists to bring the best of national and international dance, ballet, opera and music theatre to the capital. Now a strikingly modern building with flexible performance and auditorium spaces, the original Sadler's Wells opened in 1683. Six Sadler's Wells' later and sleek steel and glass have replaced the crumbling brick edifice of previous centuries. Originally a music hall, the venue now boasts a resoundingly contemporary but extremely accessible programme - with an emphasis on dance and movement - supported by innovative visual arts exhibitions in its public spaces. Sadler's really came into its own when Lilian Baylis took charge in the 1920s. Since then many of the world's best dancers have performed on this Islington stage. In 1995, Matthew Bourne premiered his magnificent 'Swan Lake' here which went on to become the West End's longest running ballet. Sadler's Wells continues to have close associations with the centrally located Peacock Theatre, its home during periods of renovation, while the Lilian Baylis Theatre - now a highly regarded venue in itself - is located within the Sadler's Well Islington complex. It's really worth checking out what's on here if you're down for the weekend. Ranging from the cutting-edge to the mainstream, some truly landmark productions have taken place here over the years ('Edward Scissorhands') - which make this an attractive proposition for entertainment in the capital.
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Also home to the Lilian Baylis Theatre, this favourite offers the best in national and international dance.
Rosebery Avenue, Islington, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN
Tube: Angel Station
Events at Sadler's Wells
23rd and 24th February 2017 at 7.30pm & 25th February 2017 at 3.30pm and 7.30pm | £12-£42
This showcase event features performances by Juana Amaya, Olga Pericet, Jesus Carmona, Rocio Marquez and Patricia Guerrero.
15th to 26th February 2017 | £12-£42
The annual foot-stamping Flamenco Festival London, an annual festival at Sadler's Wells these past fourteen years, includes a gala performance by legendary Gypsy dancer Juana Amaya, Olga Pericet, Jesus Carmona, Patricia Guerrero, and Rocio Marquez, ...more
Sunday 26th February 2017 - 6pm | £20
The dancer, accompanied by guitarist Miguel Angel Cortes, gives a performance of classical flamenco.
Sunday 26th February 2017 - 7.30pm | £12-£42
A contemporary Flamenco dance work based on childhood memories by the Spanish dance and choreographer.
Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd March 2017 - 8pm | £17, concs £8.50
Lucy Bennett's physical dance piece which portrays a relationship between a father and a daughter who are trying to deal with grief.
Part of the Sadler's Wells sphere, the Peacock's innovative dance programme boasts West End appeal.
Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT
This theatre is a major force on the national and international dance scene, with an innovative programme from Sadler's Wells that is keeping London's finger on the pulse. The Peacock Theatre became the company's base from 1996 to 1998 when a new theatre was being built on its Islington site and, since that time, has been a shining star in the Sadler's Wells sphere. From the avant-garde to the mainstream, the repertoire is always diverse and dynamic with electrifying dance and movement shows, stunning operas and musical productions. Families have also flocked here at Christmas time since 1998 to see the stage transformed into a magical winter wonderland in The Snowman. The building itself has managed to shed its retro 60s image to become a cool venue perfectly suited to hosting the creme de la creme of the dance world.
Events at Peacock Theatre
11th to 22nd April 2017 | £10-£25
English National Ballet has partnered with English National Ballet School to produce the My First Ballet series, a number of special performances aimed at children as young as three to introduce them to ballet through ...more
6th to 20th May 2017 - Various Times | £25-£35
A beacon of modern theatre design, the imposing ROH stages a steady flow of high-quality performances.
Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
This impressive building in the heart of Covent Garden has been playing host to major stars of the classical music world since 1858. The third theatre to be located on this site, today's Royal Opera House is the result of a reconstruction in the 1990s (although the main auditorium is part of the original building). It is a beacon of modern theatre design and the place to go for high quality performances in sumptuous surroundings. As one of London's most esteemed, iconic and beautiful performance venues, it's worth a visit even if you're not a ballet or opera fan. Before 1999 the theatre only opened its doors to ticket holders just before performances but today you can explore parts of the building for free during the day - the Paul Hamlyn Hall with its dramatic glass atrium is especially worth a peek. For smaller scale productions such as chamber opera and experimental dance shows there's the 400-seat Linbury Studio Theatre and the Clore Studio Upstairs holds an audience of 180 for more intimate events and performances.
Events at Royal Opera House
Saturday 11th - Friday 31st March 2017 | Last few tickets £216-£242
Kasper Holten ends his tenure as The Royal Opera's Director of Opera with this new production of Wagner's opera about a shoemaker and poet starring Bryn Terfel. In his interpretation of the story of the ...more
24th February, 27th February and 2nd March 2017 - 7pm | £9-£175
David McVicar's production of Francesco Cilea's four act opera to an Italian libretto by Arturo Colautti, based on the 1849 play by Eugene Scribe and Ernest Legouve, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Hrachuhi Bassenz. Sung in ...
21st December 2016 to 14th March 2017 | £5-£122, phone for availability
19th June 2012 to 19th June 2017 | Free
21st December 2016 to 14th March 2017 - Various Times | Dec 21 £17-£28, Dec 23 1.30pm £9-£53, 7pm £7-£130, Dec 29, 30, Jan 3, Feb 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 28, Mar 1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 13, 14 phone for availability £7-£130, Feb 16, 25, Mar 4 1.30pm £5-£100, Feb 18 1.30pm £1-£100, Feb 15 7.15pm £7-£130
One of the capital's grandest theatres, the Coliseum's splendour is matched by the ENO's impressive programme.
St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ES
London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling operas. This impressive theatre, which started its life as a venue for variety shows, is now - conversely - indistinguishable from its artistically first-class company in residence, the English National Opera. Back in 1904, impresario Oswald Stoll and architect Frank Matcham set out to build the largest and finest theatre in London and the Coliseum was indeed a striking addition to the city's entertainment scene, complete with electric lighting and a revolving stage. Having undergone an extensive restoration programme in 2000, specifically to accommodate the ENO, it remains one of the grandest theatres in the capital today. The splendour of the building is only matched by the quality of the performances that take place there. All ENO productions are sung in English as the voices of some of the world's most talented performers fill the auditorium night after night. The pre-eminence of the company also attracts a host of distinguished directors, designers and visiting troupes to stage dance, opera and circus under its famous proscenium arch, the largest in London.
Events at London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)
Sunday 12th March 2017 | £25-£145
Well-known and up-and-coming stars and leading dancers from some of Russia's renowned dance companies celebrate the legacy of Ballet Russes. Much-loved favourites from the heady days of Diaghilev will be complemented by less familiar works ...more
Saturday 25th February 2017 at 6.30pm & Tuesday 28th February 2017 at 7.30pm | £12-£125
Elaine Tyler-Hall directs a revival of Jonathan Miller's acclaimed staging of Verdi's tragic opera about a hunchbacked jester, who is cursed to a tragic fate because of his loyalty to his master, the Duke of ...
27th February to 14th March 2017 | £12-£125
The ENO presents a world premiere of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. The tale of love, loss and reconciliation sees the King of Sicilia mistakenly believe that his virtuous wife Hermione is having an affair with ...more
9th February to 25th March 2017 - Various Times | £12-£125
Sarah Tipple directs a revival of Mike Leigh's acclaimed staging of the enduringly popular Gilbert and Sullivan operetta about an apprentice pirate, who falls head over heels in love with one of the Major-General's daughters. ...
15th to 24th March 2017 | £12-£125
Christopher Alden's Olivier Award-winning production of Handel's opera Partenope comes to London this March. The opera follows Rosmira, who still loves the man who jilted her, Arsace. Unfortunately for Rosmira, however, he is in love ...more
London's specialist venue for contemporary dance unites training, creation and performance.
17 Duke's Road, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9PY
London's specialist venue for contemporary dance, The Place plays a role in every aspect of this fast-growing art form. The London Contemporary Dance School offers degrees validated by the University of Kent, as well as classes to everyone from 5-year-old beginners to adult amateurs to some of the world's top professionals in evening classes that are open to the public. One of the country's top companies, Richard Alston Dance Company, is based at The Place. It also boasts a comfortable, versatile 300-seat theatre with a year-round programme of contemporary dance, the Robin Howard Dance Theatre.
Events at The Place
Friday 24th February 2017 - 8pm | £15, concs £11
Dot.Consla And Sarita's Dance Lab show their Glimpses work. The Salah El Brogy Company are Letting Go as their piece and House Of Absolute
Friday 24th February 2017 - 8pm | £15
Saturday 25th February 2017 - 8pm | £15, concs £11
Cul de Sac brings The Ordinary Life Of Lilly Lesloyd to the stage. Lumo Company perform their Lola and Feet Off The Ground Dance finish up with The Way They Were Then.
3rd to 11th March 2017 - Various Times | £18, concs £12
The company and award-winning director collaborate on darkly surreal re-imaginings of two tales about parenting.
15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Mar 2017 - 8pm | £18, concs £12
James Cousins Company, in collaboration with Korean dancers and artists, looks at the role of women in modern society using Shakespeare's character as a base.
The largest single-run arts centre in the world offers a range of dance events throughout the year.
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
The Southbank Centre is a classic example of brutal 60s concrete architecture. Everyone has an opinion (usually negative) on its distinctive design - famous detractors include Prince Charles, who once described it as looking like a "nuclear power station". Yet, if the The West End is the centre of popular culture in London, it is the Southbank Centre that is the centre of true excellence in the arts. Comprising the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery, the complex consistently produces classical and world music events and fine art exhibitions of high renown. Over 150,000 hours of music have been performed at the Royal Festival Hall - the largest venue in the Southbank Centre - since its completion in 1951. Welcoming over three million visitors a year, the Royal Festival Hall is primarily a classical music venue. It benefits from the residency of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonia and four associate ensembles. The programme also includes events from opera to the London Jazz Festival. The Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room host regular recitals, dance performances and choral concerts. Free lunchtime concerts held in the foyer offer a more relaxed musical experience. The Hayward Gallery has been the originator or host of influential exhibitions since 1968. The colossal Poetry Library houses the Arts Council modern collection, while the BFI Southbank (previously the National Film Theatre) shows 2,000 films (art house and classics) a year alongside many film festivals and director-led seasons. A happy architectural accident has also made this complex the best spot for skateboarding and BMXing in the capital, meaning it is loved by London's counter-culture as much as by its highbrow elite. In the last ten years, the building of Tate Modern and the London Eye adjacent to the centre has been the final step in making the South Bank of the Thames into the beating heart of a thousand years of British culture.
Events at Southbank Centre
Friday 24th February 2017 - 1pm | Free
The internationally-acclaimed Hammond organ player gives a solo performance.
Friday 24th February 2017 - 5.30pm | Free
An inventive new project featuring some of Bristol's top players including Jake McMurchie, Sophie Stockham, Joe Wilkins, Greg Cordez and Matt Brown perform original music crossing everything from jazz to rock.
Friday 24th February 2017 - 7.30pm | £5
American author Tim Murphy discusses his debut novel, Christodora.
Friday 24th February 2017 - 7.30pm | £16.50-£54.50
A massed choir of over 200 singers combines with the full force of the orchestra, conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton, and featuring soprano Sarah Tynan, to perform Karl Orff's monumental Carmina Burana, after Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade.
Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February 2017 - 7.30pm | £15
The Belgian dancer investigates what energy we emanate through our bodies, and whether we need to be liberated, in a solo performance delving into the coming of age of a man and his body.
31st January to 30th April 2017 - 11am-8pm | Free
16th December 2016 to 23rd April 2017 | Peak - £16.50/£13.50 (supporter ticket), £15/£12 (non-supporter ticket), Off peak - £13.50/£11.50 (supporter ticket), £12/£10 (non-supporter ticket)
Located in the heart of the City, this multi-faceted performing arts centre hosts diverse dance productions.
Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS
Described by the Queen as 'one of the wonders of the modern world' , the Barbican Centre has also been voted 'London's ugliest building'. Ugly or not, this multi-faceted performance and arts venue is truly wondrous. Open 363 days a year, it offers the most diverse program of any London venue. As well as being home to the London Symphony Orchestra, the centre's giant Barbican Hall attracts a host of international classical, jazz, rock, and world music stars. Two theatres offer a year-round program of some of the finest in international performing arts, while three cinemas mix mainstream films with specialist seasons. The Barbican Art Gallery, several smaller exhibition spaces, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, live music in the foyer, and a host of talks, signings, and events for children are also on offer. The building itself is a labyrinth and finding your route from the station or car park is an adventure in itself. Staircases twist around each other, directing lost patrons into mysteriously empty mezzanines, where odd snatches of music are the only guide back to the main lobby. The joy of coming across exhibitions, live music, or talks from a major arts celebrity in some odd corner of the building is a unique feature of this remarkable concentration of artistic talent.
Events at Barbican Centre
Sunday 26th March 2017 | £5 (Under 18s), £10 (Adults)
Presented in a fun and informative way, the London Symphony Orchestra's Family Concerts feature music based on a theme and offer the chance for everyone to get involved. Magic, mystery and mirage sets the theme ...more
Friday 24th February 2017 - 7.30pm | £10-£75
The Anglo-German folk pop singer-songwriter, who is best known for her 1980s hits Twist in My Sobriety and Good Tradition, promotes her ninth album Closer To The People.
23rd and 24th February 2017 at 7.45pm & 25th February 2017 at 3.30pm and 7.45pm | £16-£30
Take a trip into a fantastical universe where humans and robots playfully mingle and merge, all dancing to the percussive beat of a 10-piece mechanical orchestra.
22nd to 28th Feb 2017 | £13.50-£15
Taking place in the midst of award season, The Craft of Film at the Barbican explores nine cinematic crafts that are key to a film's success. From directing and acting to cinematography and costume design, ...more
23rd, 24th and 25th February 2017 - 9.30am | Free
In this exhibition the artist presents some of her best works about the sky and what lies beyond. The universe has proved to be an immense source of inspiration for her, with its variety of ...
15th February to 23rd April 2017 | Free
15th February to 23rd April 2017 - Various Times | Free
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