Sadler’s Wells

Access Information for Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Sadler’s Wells is situated on Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN.

If you are traveling by bus, route numbers 19, 38 and 341 will allow you to travel from the West End to just outside the theatre.

If you are coming by Tube, the nearest station is the Angel – which is located on the Northern Line – City Branch. The walk to the theatre is around 250 metres – that’s about a 7-minute walk. Turn left out of the station. After about twenty metres you come to a crossroads with traffic lights. Carry straight on over the main road, and carry on down St Johns Street. Rosebery Avenue is the second turning on your right after the traffic lights.

If you are coming by car, there is free on-street parking available in streets off Rosebery Avenue after 6.30pm Mon-Fri, and Sat from 1.30pm.  Blue badge holders are able to park their cars on single yellow lines.

The theatre also has its own Access Car Park. This is for Disabled patrons and people over the age of 65 who are registered on the Access Address Book – a free membership scheme, offering seats and ticket prices to suit particular needs. There are 14 spaces available which are free for Disabled Patrons and £6.00 for people over 65. The car park is situated on Arlington Way, adjacent to the theatre.

There is one, step free entrance into the theatre foyer, through an automatic glass sliding door.

When you enter through the front doors, you arrive into the main foyer. The ticket office is directly in front of you. Tactile paving from the pavement into the entrance of the theatre, leads directly to the ticket office counter, which is low level and accessible to wheelchair users.

Headsets can be requested by speaking to any member of the FOH team.

If you would like to listen to the introductory notes, you should collect your headset in good time to take your seat 15 minutes before the start of the performance.

There are five levels – Basement, Ground Floor, Mezzanine, 1st Circle and 2nd Circle. There are toilets on every level which are Braille indicated and have textured flooring at the entrance.

There is a lift to all levels with a voice message, Braille buttons and indicating each level. The lift is situated to the right of the main foyer. Walk past the bar area, which is on the right, and through one doorway – the door will be pinned open.  The lift is immediately on your right.  Alternatively there are stairs leading to all levels.  The stairs are to the left of the foyer as you enter.

There are three bars with low level counters selling refreshments. These are on the ground floor, 1st circle and 2nd circle levels.

Please note that the foyer does become crowded prior to a performance.

To the right of the ticket office, three steps lead up to the entrance to the stalls. Once at the top of the stairs, the door leading to seats numbered 1-17 is directly in front of you. To reach seats 18-33 you must the follow the corridor on your left. The entrance is at the end of this corridor and to your right. These entrances bring you in at the back of the auditorium.

The entrances for 1st and 2nd circles are situated in the same position on the floors above.
The seating is raked, and two aisles – one either side of the auditorium – descend in shallow steps towards the stage. There is a handrail on the outside of each aisle, and the number of each row is lit on each step.

For wheelchair users and people with limited mobility there is flat, level access to the stalls. A corridor runs to the right of the three steps in the foyer, and goes past the lift. The entrance is to your left, and brings you in to the auditorium at the side – about half way down. The stage is to your right.

There is also flat level access to the entrances of the 1st Circle.

Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.

If you are bringing a Guide Dog to Sadler’s Wells Theatre, you will probably have informed the ticket office when making your booking. However, if you have not, Guide dogs are allowed in the auditorium and there is a small amount of extra space for them in row J in the stalls, although you can choose to sit elsewhere.