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Peacock Theatre

Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT GB

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Phoenix Dance Theatre: The Rite of Spring/Left Unseen

Peacock Theatre

Tickets from £21.40

Approaching group rituals from two different angles, Phoenix Dance Theatre presents an energetic double-bill of reinventions.

  • Booking from: Thursday, 27 June 2019
    Booking until: Friday, 28 June 2019
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Another Kind of Blue - Flirt with Reality

Peacock Theatre

Tickets from £21.40

As humans propel themselves towards the “the singularity,” the theoretical point when humans and technology converge, Dutch choreographer and digital designer David Middendorp explores the rapidly fading boundaries between fantasy and reality as they are blurred by an increasingly virtual world.

Live dancers perform alongside animations, projections and flying drones. Middendorp unites humans and technology in five pieces that defy gravity, twist perspective and make use of illusion to question reality.

  • Booking from: Tuesday, 9 July 2019
    Booking until: Sunday, 14 July 2019
  • Running time: 1 hour 55 minutes
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Fame the Musical

Peacock Theatre

Tickets from £21.40
Fame is a stage musical based on the 1980 musical movie of the same name. It has been staged in two different ways. The first, Fame the Musical, was created by David De Silva, with a book by José Fernandez, music by Steve Margoshes and lyrics by Jacques Levy. This is it. The show is due in the West End for 2019 and it's set to delight dance-lovers all over again. Don't miss this classic feel good show.
  • Booking from: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
    Booking until: Saturday, 19 October 2019
  • Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes
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ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company - Some Like It Hip Hop

Peacock Theatre

Tickets from £21.40

ZooNation’s smash-hit sensation Some Like It Hip Hop thrilled audiences and critics when it opened in 2011, prompting five-star reviews and standing ovations with its infectious “wit, heart and magnificent energy” (The Independent).

  • Booking from: Wednesday, 23 October 2019
    Booking until: Saturday, 9 November 2019
  • Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes
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Message in a Bottle - The Kate Prince Company

Peacock Theatre

Tickets from £16.70

Message In A Bottle is the spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting including Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Walking on the Moon, Fields of Gold, Englishman In New York and Shape of My Heart.

A village alive with joyous celebrations is suddenly under siege. Everything changes forever. Determined and daring, three parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures. With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism set to the music of Sting, Message In A Bottle tells a vital and uplifting story of humanity and hope.

Message In A Bottle is the latest masterpiece from the ground-breaking creator behind Some Like it Hip Hop, Into The Hoods, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (choreography) and SYLVIA, and features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.

  • Booking from: Thursday, 6 February 2020
    Booking until: Saturday, 21 March 2020
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Peacock Theatre Facilities

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Peacock Theatre Location

Travel Information

Nearest Tube station
  • Holborn
  • Covent Garden
Nearest Rail Station
  • Charing Cross
Tube lines
  • Central
  • Piccadilly
Day buses
  • (Aldwych) 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243, RV1, X68
Night buses
  • (Aldwych) 6, 23, 139, 188, 243, N1, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N91, N155, N171, N343, N551
Peacock Theatre history

From the outside

An unassuming modern concrete block from the outside, the Peacock Theatre is used for London School of Economics university lectures during the day. Inside you’ll find a well- equipped space with fan shaped seating and open stage with excellent views wherever you sit, used by the Sadler’s Wells dance company at night.

Peacock Theatre architecture and history

There has been a theatre on the site of the modern concrete Peacock theatre since was back in 1660, when a staging of Shakespeare’s Othello at the Vere Street Theatre, also oddly known as Gibbon’s Tennis Court, saw a female take the stage for the first time.

The site has had a chequered history, clocking up six different names over the years: London Opera House, National Theatre of England, Stoll Theatre, Stoll Picture Theatre, The Royalty Theatre and now, the Peacock.

The original theatre was damaged by fire, re-built and re-opening as the stunning 2,600 seat London Opera House, in competition with the nearby Royal Opera House. Perhaps not surprisingly, it closed in 1912 and stayed resolutely shut until re-opening yet again as the Stoll Picture Theatre, a cinema that screened silent movies accompanied by a full in-house orchestra and showing the occasional variety show. Which was its saving grace at the time, at least until 1957 when it closed again, only to be demolished and replaced by the current modern office block.

In partial compensation, the theatre’s owners built a small theatre in the basement of the new office building, which opened in 1960 and soon became known – mostly tongue in cheek – as the Royalty Theatre. At first it was home to a series of drag shows, then deteriorated again and spent time as a TV studio, hosting the hit TV show This is Your Life.

The prestigious London School of Economics eventually bought the building for use as a university lecture theatre, renaming it The Peacock Theatre, and it remained so until the world famous dance company, Sadler’s Wells, decided it’d make the perfect London home. Today it is still used by students during the day and comes to life as a premier dance venue at night.

One of the Peacock Theatre’s more dubious claims to fame is the fact that it once hosted what is widely thought of as the worst musical ever, called Barnardo.

Ghostly dolphins at the Peacock Theatre!

Sadly, during the 1930s a water tank was kept under the stage to house dolphins. People have reported hearing ghostly dolphin noises in the theatre to this day.

Past shows at the Peacock Theatre

Under the name The Royalty, the building hosted the massive hit Oh Calcutta and Bubbling Brown Sugar in the late 1970s. The Rat Pack played at the theatre in 2002, with Doldrum Bay premiering in 2003. Today’ it’s a dedicated dance venue for the Sadler’s Wells company.

Peacock Theatre access

The Peacock Theatre has an access door on Kingsway, two wheelchair spaces at the back of the Dress Circle with room for companions, and transfer seats in the aisles. There’s also an infra-red system and guide dogs are welcome in the auditorium.

Peacock Theatre tickets

We’re a popular destination for a wide variety of seat types and prices, with excellent availability on the full range of Peacock Theatre tickets.