Dance Venues in London

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Whether you're big on ballet, wild on waltz or fanatical about foxtrot, London's vast array of dance venues offer a rich programme of events.

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Sadler's Wells

Also home to the Lilian Baylis Theatre, this favourite offers the best in national and international dance.

Rosebery Avenue, Islington, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

Occupying a site with a long tradition of entertaining Londoners, Sadler's Wells exists to bring the best of national and international dance, ballet, opera and music theatre to the capital. Now a strikingly modern building with flexible performance and auditorium spaces, the original Sadler's Wells opened in 1683. Six Sadler's Wells' later and sleek steel and glass have replaced the crumbling brick edifice of previous centuries. Originally a music hall, the venue now boasts a resoundingly contemporary but extremely accessible programme - with an emphasis on dance and movement - supported by innovative visual arts exhibitions in its public spaces. Sadler's really came into its own when Lilian Baylis took charge in the 1920s. Since then many of the world's best dancers have performed on this Islington stage. In 1995, Matthew Bourne premiered his magnificent 'Swan Lake' here which went on to become the West End's longest running ballet. Sadler's Wells continues to have close associations with the centrally located Peacock Theatre, its home during periods of renovation, while the Lilian Baylis Theatre - now a highly regarded venue in itself - is located within the Sadler's Well Islington complex. It's really worth checking out what's on here if you're down for the weekend. Ranging from the cutting-edge to the mainstream, some truly landmark productions have taken place here over the years ('Edward Scissorhands') - which make this an attractive proposition for entertainment in the capital.

 
 

Events at Sadler's Wells

Company Wayne McGregor: Autobiography
On Soon

26th, 27th and 28th July 2018 - 7.30pm | £12-£32

 
Company Wayne McGregor: Autobiography Sadler's Wells 2018-07-262018-07-28 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Immersive dance performance choreographed by Wayne McGregor, whose personal biological archaeology will be laid bare to dramatically alter McGregor's viewpoint of his own life story, tracing patterns back into the ancestral past of our species ...

Carmen La Cubana On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st to 19th August 2018 | £15-£68

 
Carmen La Cubana Sadler's Wells 2018-08-012018-08-19 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The UK premiere of Carmen La Cubana featuring Bizet's classic score, with new orchestrations by Tony Award-winner Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton), comes to Sadler's Wells this summer. Performed by a large company of singers, dancers and ...more

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme A

11th to 16th Sep 2018 - Various Times | £15-£38

 
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme A Sadler's Wells 2018-09-112018-09-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Formed in 1974 and affectionately known as 'The Trocks', the all-male company presents a mix of classic and contemporary ballets, and physical comedy, including excerpts from Petipa's Swan Lake, The Little Humpback Horse and Trovatiara.

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme B

18th to 22nd Sep 2018 - Various Times | £15-£38

 
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme B Sadler's Wells 2018-09-182018-09-22 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Formed in 1974 and affectionately known as 'The Trocks', the 18 male dancers of the New York-based comic ballet company present an eclectic programme including Fokine's Les Sylphides, the pas de six from Napoli and ...

The New English Ballet Theatre: The Four Seasons/Remembrance

27th, 28th and 29th September 2018 - 7.30pm | Sep 27 gala performance £120, Sep 28 & 29 £18-£42, adv tickets from www,nebt.co.uk/tickets

 
The New English Ballet Theatre: The Four Seasons/Remembrance Sadler's Wells 2018-09-272018-09-29 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Former English National Ballet soloist Jenna Lee choreographs a neoclassical ballet to Max Richter's recomposition of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and choreographer Wayne Eagling draws inspiration from the life of Marie Rambert during the Great ...

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Peacock Theatre

Part of the Sadler's Wells sphere, the Peacock's innovative dance programme boasts West End appeal.

Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 
 

This theatre is a major force on the national and international dance scene, with an innovative programme from Sadler's Wells that is keeping London's finger on the pulse. The Peacock Theatre became the company's base from 1996 to 1998 when a new theatre was being built on its Islington site and, since that time, has been a shining star in the Sadler's Wells sphere. From the avant-garde to the mainstream, the repertoire is always diverse and dynamic with electrifying dance and movement shows, stunning operas and musical productions. Families have also flocked here at Christmas time since 1998 to see the stage transformed into a magical winter wonderland in The Snowman. The building itself has managed to shed its retro 60s image to become a cool venue perfectly suited to hosting the creme de la creme of the dance world.

 
 

Events at Peacock Theatre

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme A

11th to 16th Sep 2018 - Various Times | £15-£38

 
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme A Peacock Theatre 2018-09-112018-09-16 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Formed in 1974 and affectionately known as 'The Trocks', the all-male company presents a mix of classic and contemporary ballets, and physical comedy, including excerpts from Petipa's Swan Lake, The Little Humpback Horse and Trovatiara.

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme B

18th to 22nd Sep 2018 - Various Times | £15-£38

 
Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo: Programme B Peacock Theatre 2018-09-182018-09-22 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Formed in 1974 and affectionately known as 'The Trocks', the 18 male dancers of the New York-based comic ballet company present an eclectic programme including Fokine's Les Sylphides, the pas de six from Napoli and ...

The New English Ballet Theatre: The Four Seasons/Remembrance

27th, 28th and 29th September 2018 - 7.30pm | Sep 27 gala performance £120, Sep 28 & 29 £18-£42, adv tickets from www,nebt.co.uk/tickets

 
The New English Ballet Theatre: The Four Seasons/Remembrance Peacock Theatre 2018-09-272018-09-29 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Former English National Ballet soloist Jenna Lee choreographs a neoclassical ballet to Max Richter's recomposition of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and choreographer Wayne Eagling draws inspiration from the life of Marie Rambert during the Great ...

Taj Express

2nd to 20th October 2018 - Various Times | £15-£45, under 16s £7.50-£22.50

 
Taj Express Peacock Theatre 2018-10-022018-10-20 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant's colourful Bollywood spectacular fuses classical Indian and contemporary dance to the music of Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman and composers Salim & Sulaiman Merchant and Monty Sharma.

Tap Dogs

23rd October to 10th November 2018 - Various Times | £17-£45, under 16s £8.50-£22.50 per full-paying adult

 
Tap Dogs Peacock Theatre 2018-10-232018-11-10 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatres

Choreographer Dein Perry's Olivier Award-winning show is an energetic mix of physical theatrics and fast-paced tap dancing.

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Royal Opera House

A beacon of modern theatre design, the imposing ROH stages a steady flow of high-quality performances.

Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

This impressive building in the heart of Covent Garden has been playing host to major stars of the classical music world since 1858. The third theatre to be located on this site, today's Royal Opera House is the result of a reconstruction in the 1990s (although the main auditorium is part of the original building). It is a beacon of modern theatre design and the place to go for high quality performances in sumptuous surroundings. As one of London's most esteemed, iconic and beautiful performance venues, it's worth a visit even if you're not a ballet or opera fan. Before 1999 the theatre only opened its doors to ticket holders just before performances but today you can explore parts of the building for free during the day - the Paul Hamlyn Hall with its dramatic glass atrium is especially worth a peek. For smaller scale productions such as chamber opera and experimental dance shows there's the 400-seat Linbury Studio Theatre and the Clore Studio Upstairs holds an audience of 180 for more intimate events and performances.

 
 

Events at Royal Opera House

Royal Opera: Don Giovanni Ends Today Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 29th - Tuesday 17th July 2018 | £40-£185

 
Royal Opera: Don Giovanni Royal Opera House 2018-06-292018-07-17 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Kasper Holten's "thoughtul and attentive" (Telegraph) 2014 production of Mozart's drama returns to the Royal Opera House, starring Polish baritone, Marius Kwiecien. Holten, who transitioned from the Royal Danish Opera to become Director of Opera ...more

Royal Opera: La Boheme Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 16th - Friday 20th July 2018 | £7-£230

 
Royal Opera: La Boheme Royal Opera House 2018-06-162018-07-20 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Nicola Luisotti and Paul Wynne Griffiths conduct Richard Jones's production of Puccini's passionate opera about a Parisian courtesan. This is the first revival of Jones's production which replaces John Copley's previous 1974 production for the ...more

Royal Opera: Falstaff
Now On

7th, 10th, 13th, 16th, 19th and 21st Jul 2018 - Various Times | £30-£195, Jul 21 £106-£175

 
Royal Opera: Falstaff Royal Opera House 2018-07-072018-07-21 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Robert Carsen's production sets Giuseppe Verdi's final opera, based on Shakespeare's tale of the fat knight, in 1950s England. Arrigo Boito based his libretto on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives Of Windsor and Henry IV Parts ...

Royal Opera & Opera Rara: L'Ange De Nisida
On Soon

Wednesday 18th and Saturday 21st July 2018 - 7.30pm | £4-£100

 
Royal Opera & Opera Rara: L'Ange De Nisida Royal Opera House 2018-07-182018-07-21 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Mark Elder conducts a concert performance of Donizetti's unheard opera based on a new performing edition by Italian musicologist Candida Mantica.

Pet Shop Boys: Inner Sanctum
On Soon

25th, 26th, 27th and 28th Jul 2018 - 8pm | £80, phone for availability

 
Pet Shop Boys: Inner Sanctum Royal Opera House 2018-07-252018-07-28 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Lynne Page directs and choreographs the award-winning electronic pop duo, with designs by Es Devlin.

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London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)

One of the capital's grandest theatres, the Coliseum's splendour is matched by the ENO's impressive programme.

St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ES

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station

 
 

London Coliseum is a magnificent historic building and an excellent venue in which to enjoy the soaring sounds and high drama of some truly thrilling operas. This impressive theatre, which started its life as a venue for variety shows, is now - conversely - indistinguishable from its artistically first-class company in residence, the English National Opera. Back in 1904, impresario Oswald Stoll and architect Frank Matcham set out to build the largest and finest theatre in London and the Coliseum was indeed a striking addition to the city's entertainment scene, complete with electric lighting and a revolving stage. Having undergone an extensive restoration programme in 2000, specifically to accommodate the ENO, it remains one of the grandest theatres in the capital today. The splendour of the building is only matched by the quality of the performances that take place there. All ENO productions are sung in English as the voices of some of the world's most talented performers fill the auditorium night after night. The pre-eminence of the company also attracts a host of distinguished directors, designers and visiting troupes to stage dance, opera and circus under its famous proscenium arch, the largest in London.

 
 

Events at London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd August to 2nd September 2018 | £20-£95 plus booking fee

 
St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2018-08-222018-09-02 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

The internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre make a welcome return to the London Coliseum this summer, with their full-length classic production of Swan Lake. Led by prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova, whose last Odette/Odile in ...more

English National Ballet: The Nutcracker

13th to 30th December 2018 - Various Times | £14-£80

 
English National Ballet: The Nutcracker London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2018-12-132018-12-30 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Tchaikovsky's popular ballet, based on a concept by Toer van Schayk, setting the production on Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, where Clara battles with the Mouse King and encounters a handsome stranger.

English National Ballet: Swan Lake

3rd to 13th January 2019 - Various Times | £14-£80

 
English National Ballet: Swan Lake London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2019-01-032019-01-13 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Choreographed by Derek Deane after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and set to Tchaikovsky's soaring score played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic, the classic fairy tale charts the battle of lovebirds Prince Siegfried and ...

Notre Dame De Paris

23rd to 27th Jan 2019 - Various Times | £15-£125, tickets on sale Apr 30, 10am

 
Notre Dame De Paris London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2019-01-232019-01-27 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres

Cathedral bell-ringer Quasimodo falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda in the original French production of the musical based on the novel by Victor Hugo, with a book and lyrics by Luc Plamondon ...

On Your Feet!

14th June to 31st August 2019 - Various Times | £20-£95, Premium Seats £145

 
On Your Feet! London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO) 2019-06-142019-08-31 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Theatres
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The Place

London's specialist venue for contemporary dance unites training, creation and performance.

17 Duke's Road, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9PY

Tube: Euston Station , Euston Square Station

 
 

London's specialist venue for contemporary dance, The Place plays a role in every aspect of this fast-growing art form. The London Contemporary Dance School offers degrees validated by the University of Kent, as well as classes to everyone from 5-year-old beginners to adult amateurs to some of the world's top professionals in evening classes that are open to the public. One of the country's top companies, Richard Alston Dance Company, is based at The Place. It also boasts a comfortable, versatile 300-seat theatre with a year-round programme of contemporary dance, the Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

 
 

Events at The Place

Dance Umbrella Festival 2018: KoKERS Dadodans

Saturday 6th October 2018 at 10.30am and 2pm | £8-£10

 
Dance Umbrella Festival 2018: KoKERS Dadodans The Place 2018-10-062018-10-06 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Evening Classes
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Southbank Centre

The largest single-run arts centre in the world offers a range of dance events throughout the year.

Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 
 

The Southbank Centre is a classic example of brutal 60s concrete architecture. Everyone has an opinion (usually negative) on its distinctive design - famous detractors include Prince Charles, who once described it as looking like a "nuclear power station". Yet, if the The West End is the centre of popular culture in London, it is the Southbank Centre that is the centre of true excellence in the arts. Comprising the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward Gallery, the complex consistently produces classical and world music events and fine art exhibitions of high renown. Over 150,000 hours of music have been performed at the Royal Festival Hall - the largest venue in the Southbank Centre - since its completion in 1951. Welcoming over three million visitors a year, the Royal Festival Hall is primarily a classical music venue. It benefits from the residency of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonia and four associate ensembles. The programme also includes events from opera to the London Jazz Festival. The Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room host regular recitals, dance performances and choral concerts. Free lunchtime concerts held in the foyer offer a more relaxed musical experience. The Hayward Gallery has been the originator or host of influential exhibitions since 1968. The colossal Poetry Library houses the Arts Council modern collection, while the BFI Southbank (previously the National Film Theatre) shows 2,000 films (art house and classics) a year alongside many film festivals and director-led seasons. A happy architectural accident has also made this complex the best spot for skateboarding and BMXing in the capital, meaning it is loved by London's counter-culture as much as by its highbrow elite. In the last ten years, the building of Tate Modern and the London Eye adjacent to the centre has been the final step in making the South Bank of the Thames into the beating heart of a thousand years of British culture.

 
 

Events at Southbank Centre

Lee Bul
Ongoing

30th May to 19th August 2018 - Various Times | £13, concs £10.50, under 16s/Art Fund mems £6.50, under 12s Free

 
Lee Bul Southbank Centre 2018-05-302018-08-19 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Tangos For Angels And Demons

Tuesday 17th July 2018 - 7.45pm | £16-£25

 
Tangos For Angels And Demons Southbank Centre 2018-07-172018-07-17 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The Tango Siempre septet perform works by Jonathan Taylor, Julian Plaza, Julian Rowlands, Astor Piazzolla and Mario Demarco.

Lee Bul: Wayward Wander Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th May to 19th August 2018

 
Lee Bul: Wayward Wander Southbank Centre 2018-05-302018-08-19 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th May to 9th September 2018 | Free

 
Jeppe Hein: Appearing Rooms Southbank Centre 2018-05-262018-09-09 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
ABBA: Super Troupers Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th December 2017 to 29th July 2018 | £25, £20, £15

 
ABBA: Super Troupers Southbank Centre 2017-12-142018-07-29 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Shawn Colvin
On Soon

Wednesday 18th July 2018 - 7.30pm | £27.50-£37.50

 
Shawn Colvin Southbank Centre 2018-07-182018-07-18 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The contemporary folk-pop artist and her band.

Africa Utopia On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd Jul 2018 | Various

 
Africa Utopia Southbank Centre 2018-07-192018-07-22 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Back for a sixth time, Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre looks at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better. Highlights in 2018 include Amadou & Mariam at the Royal ...more

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Barbican Centre

Located in the heart of the City, this multi-faceted performing arts centre hosts diverse dance productions.

Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 
 

Described by the Queen as 'one of the wonders of the modern world' , the Barbican Centre has also been voted 'London's ugliest building'. Ugly or not, this multi-faceted performance and arts venue is truly wondrous. Open 363 days a year, it offers the most diverse program of any London venue. As well as being home to the London Symphony Orchestra, the centre's giant Barbican Hall attracts a host of international classical, jazz, rock, and world music stars. Two theatres offer a year-round program of some of the finest in international performing arts, while three cinemas mix mainstream films with specialist seasons. The Barbican Art Gallery, several smaller exhibition spaces, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, live music in the foyer, and a host of talks, signings, and events for children are also on offer. The building itself is a labyrinth and finding your route from the station or car park is an adventure in itself. Staircases twist around each other, directing lost patrons into mysteriously empty mezzanines, where odd snatches of music are the only guide back to the main lobby. The joy of coming across exhibitions, live music, or talks from a major arts celebrity in some odd corner of the building is a unique feature of this remarkable concentration of artistic talent.

 
 

Events at Barbican Centre

Dorothea Lange/Vanessa Winship
Ongoing

22nd June to 2nd September 2018 - Various Times | £13.50

 
Dorothea Lange/Vanessa Winship Barbican Centre 2018-06-222018-09-02 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
Barry Humphries: Weimar Cabaret Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

11th to 29th July 2018 | From £19

 
Barry Humphries: Weimar Cabaret Barbican Centre 2018-07-112018-07-29 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Last seen in London in July 2016, Weimar Cabaret is a celebration of Barry Humphries' lifelong passion and fascination with the music of the Weimar Republic. The legendary entertainer, best known for as Dame Edna ...more

Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret
Now On

11th to 29th July 2018 - Various Times | £19-£60, Premium Seats £75

 
Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret Barbican Centre 2018-07-112018-07-29 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Humphries hosts a seductive evening dedicated to the jazz-infused music of the Weimar Republic, performed in both English and German by cabaret diva and fellow Australian, Meow Meow, accompanied live on stage by the Aurora ...

Steve Earle
On Soon

Sunday 29th July 2018 - 7pm | £34.50-£39.50

 
Steve Earle Barbican Centre 2018-07-292018-07-29 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The acclaimed American singer-songwriter performs country, country-rock and folk songs.

The Second Violinist Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th, 7th and 8th September 2018 | £16-£40

 
The Second Violinist Barbican Centre 2018-09-062018-09-08 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

The latest collaboration between Irish playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy, The Second Violinist is a modern opera that tells the foreboding story of a life falling apart. The drama at the Barbican unfolds ...more

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