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Statutory Address:

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Greater London Authority
Islington (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 31460 82866



TQ3182NW ROSEBERY AVENUE 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


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Mander, , Mitchenson, , The Theatres of London, (1975), 273-279


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 13 May 2006
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