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Press Release: Thursday 24 June 2021  


New shows this autumn at Sadler’s Wells   


Sadler’s Wells is delighted to today announce a further three productions for autumn 2021, including a new production from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, an off-site presentation from Charlotte Spencer in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and a triple bill from Birmingham Royal Ballet featuring Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri, with further productions to be announced.  
These three productions announced today will be on sale at full capacity. Meanwhile, all performances that take place at Sadler’s Wells Theatre before 19 July will continue as planned for socially distanced audiences. 


All performances and any social distancing measures are in line with UK Government guidance. We will continue to monitor this guidance and keep audiences informed if any changes to the programme or social distancing have to be made. Covid-19 safety information can be accessed via the websitehere.  

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to all three of our theatres at full capacity in the coming months.  

Tickets for all newly announced events are on public sale from Tuesday 6 July at 10am via www.sadlerswells.com. Booking opens to members from Friday 2 July at 10am.   


Charlotte Spencer Projects                           Bridgewater at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Is this a Waste Land?                             
Friday 17 Sunday 19 September & Friday 24 - Sunday 26 September 2021       
Tickets: £20      


Set on an empty plot of land on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, moments away from Sadler’s Wells’ fourth London venue opening in 2023, Is this a Waste Land? invites audiences to re-imagine the value of their landscape, homes and communities.     
As day dips towards night, headphones and instructions are offered amidst a constantly shifting soundscape. Many worlds are created, destroyed and re-purposed in a generous playground built by everyone. 
Charlotte Spencer Projects work in unusual spaces to open up new forms of conversation. Audience members are invited to enter their intelligent and transformative world. Following the past year of separation and isolation, Is this a Waste Land? explores ways of being together again.   


Is this a Waste Land? was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Co-commissioned by Deep Roots Tall Trees, Compass Commission from the Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Partnership, Patrons of Charlotte Spencer Projects and a crowdfund campaign. Further funding from South East Dance, Greenwich Dance and Pavilion Dance South West. Supported via South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme. 2021 performances are being presented in partnership with Dance North, Scotland and Sadler’s Wells, London. This presentation is supported by London Legacy Development Corporation. 


New Adventures
Matthew Bourne's The Midnight Bell 
Monday 4 October – Saturday 9 October 2021     
Tickets: £15 - £75

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Matthew Bourne’s new production explores the under-belly of 1930s London life, where ordinary people emerge from cheap boarding houses nightly to pour out their passions, hopes and dreams in the pubs and bars of fog-bound Soho and Fitzrovia. Inspired by the great English novelist Patrick Hamilton who created some of the most authentic fiction of his era; stories borne out of years of social interactions with the working man and woman at his favourite location - the London pub. 
Step inside The Midnight Bell, a tavern where one particular lonely-hearts club gather to play out their lovelorn affairs of the heart; bitter comedies of longing, frustration, betrayal and redemption. 
Master storyteller Bourne once again joins forces with the Olivier and Tony award-winning team of Terry Davies, Lez Brotherston, Paule Constable and Paul Groothuis and features a cast of 12 New Adventures’ finest performers in roles that will challenge and reveal the darker reaches of the human heart. 
New Adventures is a Resident Company of Sadler’s Wells 
Matthew Bourne is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist 
Age guidance: 14+  
Contains smoke, haze effects, loud noises and adult themes.

Birmingham Royal Ballet 
Curated by Carlos: Triple Bill                                        
Thursday 4 November – Saturday 6 November 2021    
Tickets: £15 - £75   
Birmingham Royal Ballet presents a triple bill, including two recently premiered works and the world premiere of a new pas de deux created especially for Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri.  City of a Thousand Trades is a love letter to Birmingham, commissioned by Acosta to celebrate the city's richly diverse heritage and melting pot of cultures. The ballet is brought to stage by Havana-born choreographer Miguel Altunaga, and dramaturg and co-Director Madeleine Kludje from Birmingham Repertory Theatre, with music by Mathias Coppens, inspired by the city’s soundscape.   


Brazilian/British choreographer Daniela Cardim’s Imminent has been created with a hugely talented team, including composer Paul Englishby. As rainforests burn and consumption rises, as populism surges and democracy is tested, and as our health and harmony is exposed as fragile and unsustainable, everything seems out of balance. A tipping-point is approaching.  
Chacona is a powerful ensemble piece for 16 dancers set to music by J.S. Bach, played on stage by violin, guitar and piano. Created by Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero (Nuremberg Ballet / Acosta Danza) Sadler’s Wells presents a new production featuring an exclusive pas de deux performed by Carlos Acosta and guest artist Alessandra Ferri.   
Live music performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet's acclaimed orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.   


City of a Thousand Trades and Imminent are Ballet Now commissions, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s programme which seeks to find exciting, diverse, international creative talent. 



Covid Safety   
In order to help artists, audiences and staff members to feel safe and enjoy these performances, Sadler’s Wells has introduced a series of safety measures and is closely following all UK Government guidance in presenting these events. Ticket bookers will be sent full information about all coronavirus safety measures in advance of the performance, so that they may plan accordingly and feel as secure as possible during their visit. These guidelines are also available on Sadler’s Wells’ website via the following link.  If these performances are unable to be presented due to changes to the UK Government’s coronavirus restrictions, customers will be contacted as soon as possible and given the option to receive a full refund. Sadler's Wells, alongside all companies performing in upcoming events, have also followed recommended UK Government protocols in order ensure the safety of all artists and crew involved by creating performances in a covid-secure environment.    

Sadler’s Wells 

Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance organisation. We make and share dance that inspires us all. Our acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap. 


We commission, produce and present more dance than any other organisation in the world. Since 2005, we have helped to bring close to 200 new dance works to the stage, embracing both the popular and the unknown. 


Each year, over half a million people visit our three London theatres. Many more attend our touring productions nationally and internationally or explore our digital platforms, including Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage. In 2023 we’re opening a fourth London venue in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to sit alongside our Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio and Peacock Theatre. Sadler’s Wells’ new space will house a 550-seat mid-scale theatre, as well as facilities for a choreographic centre and a hip hop theatre academy.  


Supporting artists is at the heart of our work. We have associate artists and companies, which nurture some of the most exciting talent working in dance today. We host the National Youth Dance Company, which draws together some of the brightest young dancers from across the country. Sadler’s Wells Breakin' Convention runs professional development programmes to champion and develop the world’s best hip hop artists, as well as producing, programming and touring groundbreaking hip hop performances.  


Around 30,000 people take part in our learning and engagement programmes every year. We support schools local to our theatres in Islington and Stratford, designing experiences for children and young people to watch, explore and critically engage with the arts. We also run Company of Elders, a resident performance company of dancers aged over 60 who rehearse with renowned artists to make new work for public performances locally, nationally and internationally. 


Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. 

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Can’t say I’m that interested by another Matthew Bourne set in 1930s … so many of his shows seem to have Boho/Soho scenes from around that time.  Feels very same-samey.  I hope I am wrong … I will wait for the reviews on this one.  Presumably it will tour if it is good. 


On the other hand, the BRB triple sounds fascinating , and not only because of Carlos and Alessandra Ferri’s participation.  



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