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Peacock Theatre

Theatre, Off-West End Holborn
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)

Time Out says

You'll find hit dance shows galore at this fleet-footed Kingsway venue

Peacock is dance hub Sadler’s Wells’s satellite venue, designed to serve up shows that appeal to West End punters. As such, you can expect the programme to lean towards populist dance theatre from the likes of hip-hop dance company ZooNation and Latin dance masters Tango Fire. Just don’t wander in while the sun is still up: by night, the Peacock auditorium may play host to dance spectaculars, but by day the space becomes a lecture hall for the London School of Economics who owns the building.

The current Peacock Theatre isn't the most glamorous of locales, sitting in the basement of a pretty uninspiring 1960 office block in Holborn. But inside, it's been carefully designed with acoustics in mind, comfy seats, and sightlines that are perfect for audiences keen to catch every last pirouette. Its 1000 seats are split across stalls, balcony, and a couple of boxes. Initially, it struggled to attract punters to fill them, and became an ITV studio where 'This Is Your Life' was filmed. But when Sadler's Wells was temporarily turfed out of its Islington home in 1996 during a refurb, the space's association with dance began, and it's taken on transfers ever since. 

Taking up a pew at the Peacock also means being part of a bit of invisible London history. Although no trace of it remains today, this concrete monolith sits on the site of the old London Opera House, a majestic venue built by in 1911 by Oscar Hammerstein (the millionaire grandfather of the musical theatre legend of the same name). After struggling to find enough opera fans to fill it, the venue became first a cinema, and then a home of grand dance spectaculars and ice skating shows before it was unceremoniously demolished in 1957. 




Address: Portugal Street
Transport: Tube: Holborn/Temple/Covent Garden
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  • Musicals Until Saturday October 19 2019
  • Wednesday October 23 2019 - Saturday November 9 2019
  • Children's Thursday November 21 2019 - Sunday January 5 2020
  • Musicals Thursday February 6 2020 - Saturday March 21 2020

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4 out of 5 stars

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Lovely modern theatre with great facilities and an up-close-and-personal feel. 

Fab for public transport, and for drivers coming to evening performances, there is plenty of free parking in the square just behind the venue. Great spot. 


The Peacock Theatre is a small but beautiful space located near Holborn Station. As in most tiny theatres in London, the atmosphere in the Peacock is always very friendly and cosy. 
I went a couple of times during the Mime Festival (that I highly recommend as it's a pretty unknown but nonetheless brilliant festival happening every year in London) and even at furthest seats at the back, I have been able to enjoy the play as if I was close to the stage!


This theatre is like the young brother of Sadler's Wells theater, as they are collaborating quite often. Really nice theatre, centrally located with modern lounges & quite spacious seats. If you like contemporary circus or physical theatre, out of the ordinary, then this is your place!

LSE does NOT own it either. This is a fiendish concept by a donor to both of us. It's the most terrible venue for academic lectures and I can't in age its any better for jazzy ballet like Havana Rakatan, but I am planning to go see. The Theatre is long and narrow and you have to go down to the bowels of the earth. Wish some entrepreneur would open a snack bar daytime in the glorious coffee bar though

Lovely theatre, and the location is just wonderful.. many place surrounding the theatre, including cafe's shops and other theatres!! Lovely place

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