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Plans for new 500-seat Sadler’s Wells theatre announced

London’s world famous Sadler’s Wells dance centre has announced plans to create a new 500-seat theatre in the capital

 An architect has yet to be appointed to the high-profile new venue and no location has been confirmed.

The project featured in a 10-year plan for the Islington-based dance centre’s expansion announced today (6 November.)

Rebuilt by RHWL and Nicholas Hare in 1998, the Sadler’s Wells complex on Roseberry Avenue currently hosts a 1,560-seat auditorium and the 260 person-capacity Lilian Baylis studio. The organisation also manages the 1,000-seat Peacock Theatre in Aldwych.

Sadler’s Wells chair David Bell said: ‘Sadler’s Wells has established itself as a powerhouse for dance. The demand for dance continues to grow and yet London lacks a mid-scale space for contemporary work. This newvenue will fill the gap between the main house and our studio space.’

Alistair Spalding, the theatre’s artistic director and chief executive, said: ‘The public appetite for dance has never been greater. We want to respond to this, and give the creative talent in this country a proper chance to develop for the future growth of the art form.

‘To achieve this, we need to be able to expand beyond our current base – without losing the unique quality and atmosphere that is associated with Sadler’s Wells.’

Designed to host mid-scale contemporary work, the new theatre could open as early as 2018. The budget has yet to be confirmed however Spalding told a press conference today the figure would be ‘not anywhere near’ a suggested £100 million – reported BBC News.

The original theatre on the site opened in 1683.

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