Monthly Archives: October 2015

Matthew Bourne to receive UK Theatre’s outstanding contribution award

Sadler’s Wells’ Associate Artist Matthew Bourne is to be honoured at the UK Theatre Awards 2015 for his contribution to theatre.

The choreographer and Artistic Director of dance company New Adventures will receive the The Stage award for outstanding contribution to British theatre at a ceremony in London on 18 October. A five-time Olivier Award-winner and the only British director to have won a Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical, Bourne is one of the most popular and successful choreographers working today.

Following a 14-year career as a professional dancer, he quickly established himself as an audience favourite with his endlessly inventive and witty versions of classical ballets, such as Nutcraker!, Swan Lake and Cinderella, as well as innovative productions like The Car Man and Edward Scissorhands.

Rachel Tackley, President of UK Theatre, said: “I am a huge fan of Matthew Bourne’s work which has been inspiring and thrilling audiences all over the UK and around the world for many years. I am delighted that his incredible contribution to our industry is being honoured at this year’s award ceremony. I can’t wait to see what he has planned next.”

New Adventures will perform Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty at Sadler’s Wells between 1 December and 24 January 2016. To book tickets, visit


Image: Matthew Bourne. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

New London Dance Championships looking for young talent

The London Dance Championships, a new open dance competition for the young people of London, will take place on Friday 27 November 6 – 10pm as part of UFest, the capital’s largest ever youth-led cultural festival that will take over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park later on this year. The London Dance Championships will bring London’s most exciting contemporary youth dance groups together with some of London’s leading dance organisations, including the Barbican Centre, Breakin’ Convention, East London Dance and Sadler’s Wells. Groups will gather in the jaw-dropping setting of the London Aquatics Centre to battle it out for £3,500 worth of prizes.

Over a three-hour dance extravaganza, 16 youth dance groups aged between 14 and 25 will compete through a series of competitive heats, alternated with performances by partner dance organisations, with the winner of each one decided by a ‘clapometer’, which measures the volume of the audience response- the most democratic way to decide a winner. Tickets to the UFest and the London Dance Championships are priced at £10, and can be purchased at:

Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells’ Chief Executive and Artistic Director, said: “We are excited to be taking part in UFest by supporting the London Dance Championship and presenting work at the festival. The future of dance is in the hands of the young talent of today and I very much look forward to seeing the performances by the competing dance groups on 27 November.”

Groups who would like to put themselves forward to take part can register online at by Monday 19th October.