© Mr Adam Watson
SADLER'S WELLS THEATRE, ROSEBERY AVENUE (north side)
ISLINGTON, ISLINGTON, GREATER LONDON
Mr Adam Watson
13 May 2006
29 December 1950
Date of last amendment:
29 December 1950
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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).