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Peacock Theatre London

About the Peacock Theatre

A theatre has stood on the site of the current Peacock Theatre since the 16th century and is notable for being the location of the earliest known performance by a female actor on a London stage in a 1660 production of Shakespeare's Othello. The current Peacock Theatre was built in 1960 as the Royalty Theatre and was the first London theatre to be built in almost 30 years.

The venue spent many years being used as a cinema and TV studio before Sadlers Wells moved its company to the theatre whilst its Clerkenwell HQ was rebuilt in 1996. Today, the Peacock Theatre is co-leased between Sadler's Wells and the London School of Economics, who use the venue during the day for lectures and talks. The theatre regularly welcomes transfers of Sadler's Wells productions, alongside touring musicals and experimental dance shows. Notable productions at the Peacock Theatre include The Rat Pack, Burn the Floor and the annual winter production of The Snowman, which is many children's first experience of theatre.

Plan your visit

The Peacock Theatre opens around 45 minutes before the show starts. The Box Office opens from 10am on Monday-Saturday.
There isn't a set dress code at the Peacock Theatre, you and your children should wear something comfortable and weather appropriate.
Yes, the Peacock Theatre is fully air-conditioned.
A cloakroom is available for ticket holders to store coats other small items. The Peacock Theatre can not accommodate larger items, such as rucksacks and suitcases in the cloakroom. There is also a Buggy Park available for prams and pushchairs in the dress circle bar.
Upon entry to the theatre, security staff will undertake bag and ticket checks. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
Some shows do have age restrictions due to the content in the show. Age recommendations for each show are available on the relevant production pages. All patrons over the age of 2 must have a ticket. All children aged 16 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult and seated together.
No, there are no booster seats available at the Peacock Theatre, so take this into consideration when booking tickets for children.
There are two bars in the Peacock Theatre, one on the stalls level and one in the dress circle. The bars serve a range of drinks and refreshments.
The Peacock Theatre is located around a 10-minute walk from Covent Garden, where there is a wide range of restaurants and cafes to grab a bite to eat before the show. Alternatively, Wagamama is just a five-minute walk away, or grab some tasty vegan food at By Chloe, which is also close to the theatre.
For a budget stay, the nearby Z Hotel Holborn has affordable rooms and is well located for exploring many of London's landmarks. For a more memorable hotel experience, try the Rosewood London which is a 10-minute walk from the theatre. This five-star hotel occupies a former Edwardian Mansion and is just a short stroll from Holborn London Underground station.
A theatre has stood on the site of the Peacock Theatre since the 17th century. It was on this site that the first female actor ever took to the stage of a London theatre in a performance of William Shakespeare's Othello. The current theatre was built in 1960 and was the first West End theatre to built in almost 30 years. The Peacock is now shared between Sadler's Wells which presents many of its successful dance shows at the theatre, and the London School of Economics, which uses the venue as a lecture theatre.

Help booking tickets

Tickets are held at the box office for collection on the day of your performance. Patrons should try to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and allow enough time to enter the auditorium. Please ensure you bring your confirmation email and a form of ID.
The Peacock Theatre box office is open from 10am-8pm on Monday-Saturday for in-person bookings and collection.
The Peacock Theatre box office can be contacted on 020 7863 8222.
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The Peacock Theatre's 1,000+ seat auditorium and its range of front-of-house areas can be hired for private and corporate events. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer, please complete this online form.
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