Alistair Spalding CBE has been the Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells since 2004. He has been responsible for programming at the theatre since February 2000, when he joined as Director of Programming.
Alistair’s first job in arts management was at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley, where he was a programmer in 1988-94. From 1994 to 2000, Alistair was the Head of Dance and Performance at the Southbank Centre in London
Alistair was appointed a national member of the Arts Council of England Board in January 2009. He was a member of the Arts Council England Dance Advisory Panel between 1995 and 2003. He was awarded Le Chevalier des Artes et Lettres by the French Embassy in 2005. In 2012, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday honours list, for services to dance.
About Sadlers Wells
Sadler’s Wells is a world leader in contemporary dance, committed to commissioning and producing new works and to presenting the very best international and UK dance to its audiences. The theatre’s year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, ballet, salsa, tango, Bollywood and street dance. Since 2005, Sadler’s Wells has helped to bring over 90 new dance works to the stage and toured its productions to major cultural venues around the world. Sadler’s Wells supports 16 world-class Associate Artists, one Associate Company and three Resident Companies and nurtures the next generation of talent through its New Wave Associates and Wild Card initiatives and Summer University programme.
Sadler’s Wells’ building in Islington, north London, is the sixth to stand on the site since the theatre was first built by Richard Sadler in 1683. Sadler’s Wells presents work on its main stage and in its studio theatre, the Lilian Baylis Studio, as well as at The Peacock, its West End home.