History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Sadler's Wells Theatre

A Grade II Listed Building in Clerkenwell, London

More Photos »
Approximate Location Map
Large Map »


Latitude: 51.5294 / 51°31'45"N

Longitude: -0.1062 / 0°6'22"W

OS Eastings: 531460

OS Northings: 182866

OS Grid: TQ314828

Mapcode National: GBR N5.9X

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.3TPF

Entry Name: Sadler's Wells Theatre

Listing Date: 29 December 1950

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1195725

English Heritage Legacy ID: 369263

Location: Islington, London, EC1R

County: London

District: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Clerkenwell

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Clerkenwell St Mark

Church of England Diocese: London

Find accommodation in

Listing Text


635-1/68/741 (North side)
29/12/50 Sadler's Wells Theatre


Theatre. Located at junction of Rosebery Avenue and Arlington
Way. 1930, but with some historic fabric from previous
theatres retained (most of front to Arlington Way); by F. G.
M. Chancellor; reliefs by Hermon Cawthra, Sculptor. 1938,
additions and improvements; by Stanley Hall and Easton and
Robertson. 1959, accoustical alterations to pit and
proscenium; by Hope Bagenal. Various other piecemeal additions
throughout C20 including extra storey to Rosebery Avenue
front. Red brick, banded stone ground-floor main elevation,
stone panels and dressings; various roofs obscured. Simple,
restrained Neo-Georgian manner. Entrance foyer plan to
Rosebery Avenue. Secondary entrance to left-hand return wall
(originally separate entrance to pit). Stage door entrance to
far right bay in Rosebery Avenue. Entrance facade of two
storeys; 3-window range. Canopy. INTERIOR: : has suffered
alterations to pit and proscenium (frieze over it by Cawthra
depicting A Midsummer Night's Dream-covered over or removed).
The size of stage was modelled on that of the Old Vic so that
scenery could easily be transferred. Other alterations have
included the adaptation of seats for use as a royal box, and a
series of extensions to the dressing rooms, stage facilities
and new wardrobe rooms. To rear stalls beneath floor, are
remains of old wells from which the theatre takes its name.
(Historians File, English Heritage, London Division: 1990-;
Mander, Raymond and Mitchenson, Joe: The Theatres of London:
London: 1975-: 273-279).

Listing NGR: TQ3146082866

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Selected Sources

Book cover links are generated automatically from the sources. They are not necessarily always correct, as book names at Amazon may not be quite the same as those used referenced in the text.

Source title links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.