Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words

Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London
Play Without Words (photo: Sheila Burnett)

Matthew Bourne’s Olivier Award-winning dance drama Play Without Words returns to the London stage.

Chelsea, 1965. Behind the privileged façade of domestic social order lies a struggle for power, territory and sexual domination. In a suave Chelsea home an urbane master and his beautiful fiancée welcome their new manservant, Prentice. What follows will change their lives forever.

Following its premiere at the National Theatre in 2002, Play Without Words won the 2003 Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment and Best Theatre Choreographer. Designer Lez Brotherston and lighting designer Paule Constable repeat their Olivier-nominated work and Terry Davies’ acclaimed jazz influenced score will be played live at all performances.

Play Without Words is suitable for theatregoers aged 12 and older.

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Dance
  • Duration: 1h40
  • Opening Night:
  • Closing night:

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Sadler's Wells
Rosebery Avenue, London, United Kingdom, EC1R 4TN

  • Nearest tube: Angel (250m)
  • Nearest bus: 19, 38, 341, 171a (Bus stop outside theatre) Sadler’s Wells Express Bus to Farringdon, Waterloo and Victoria stations only leaves 8 mins after each evening performance.
  • Nearest train:
  • Parking: Car Park behind theatre – free space for disabled patrons – please book in advance.
  • Air Conditioned: Yes

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  • How to book: TEL 0844 871 0090 MINICOM 020 7863 8105 FAX 020 7863 8199 WEB www.sadlerswells.com/access (information only) EMAIL ticket.office@sadlerswells.com (enquiries only)
  • Telephones: 2 accessible phonecard phones by main entrance.
  • Discounts: Discounts available for all disabled theatregoers who join the Access For All scheme. For more information call or write using the above details or email access@sadlerswells.com
  • Limited mobility: Rows J and K in the Stalls and aisle seats have the most leg room.
  • Access description: No steps through entrance on Rosebery Avenue into foyer through automatic doors. Textured flooring to Box Office straight ahead with lowered counters and induction loop. Information monitors above Box Office. Steps have handrails and highlights. Lifts to all levels on right hand side of foyer, or 42 steps to 1st Circle, 63 to 2nd Circle. Signage raised and repeated at wheelchair accessible height. Voice announcements, Braille signage and monitor in lifts.
  • Hearing impaired: Infra-red system with 15 headsets – please book. Avoid back of Stalls. Collect headsets from shop. Deposit required.
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs allowed into auditorium (aisle seats are best) and staff available to dog-sit.
  • Wheelchairs: 15 spaces for wheelchair users in rows J–K of Stalls and in Stalls side gallery. 6 spaces at 1st Circle – take the lift from the foyer (to right of entrance). Companions can sit next to you or nearby depending on how many of the spaces have been booked.
  • Toilets: Men and women’s on 1st Circle and 2nd Circle levels, men’s in basement and women’s on mezzanine. Some toilets have large cubicles with grip rails.
  • Disabled toilets: 5 adapted toilets by right-hand entrance to Stalls, by lifts to 1st Circle and 2nd Circle, at basement and mezzanine levels.
  • Bars: Bars at Stalls, 1st Circle and 2nd Circle levels all have moveable seats and tables and accessible counters.