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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 Sadler's 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 venue opens one hour before the performance starts and recommends that patrons arrive at least 30 minutes early, to allow time to soak up the atmosphere and comfortably make it to your seat. If attending with children, it is best to allow plenty of time to park your stroller and attend to their needs so you are all as comfortable as possible before the show begins.
A cloakroom is available for ticket holders to store coats and other small items. The venue 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. Space is limited to make sure you arrive early to make use of these facilities.
Some shows do have age restrictions due to their content. 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 theatre, so take this into consideration when booking tickets for children.
There are two bars in the theatre, one on the stalls level and one in the dress circle. The bars serve a range of beers, wines, soft-drinks and other refreshments as well as sandwiches. The venue also operates the Fox Garden Café, which serves artisan coffee and foods such as curries and cakes. Patrons are requested not to bring in their own hot food or packed lunches. Drinks can be brought into the auditorium but only in plastic cups or bottles.
The 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.

Help Booking Tickets

The box office is only open for in-person ticket collection one hour before the performance starts.
The box office can be contacted on 020 7863 8000. Phonelines are open 12pm - 6pm Monday to Saturday. For other contact options and venue information, visit
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