I love the Peacock Theatre. I've spent a lot of time here; I've had lectures here, watched a World Cup match here, and, more recently, as a proper adult, seen many a fine dance show here, including Insane in the Brain, Blaze, Traces (fine, not quite dance), Havana Rakata, and, tonight, Some Like It Hip Hop.
So, it's fair to say that I do love this venue. Seats are, to be fair, slightly cramped, and I'm suffering a bit of a backache as I write this, but, being a fervent lover of dance (maybe not contemporary dance though) and Sadler's Wells being one of the theatres that seem exclusively devoted to dance and top-notch dance at that I cannot not give this place five stars!
So, if you have the chance to, go along and see a performance here. You won't regret it!
The peacock theatre is quite near and dear to my heart because it's one of the few places in the west end where I've actually been back stage and graced the stage myself. My company puts on a charity pantomime each year and I was in the cast for two years.
If it's your first time there, it is a little unexpected to go a few levels down as most of the theatres in London tend to be at ground level - maybe going down a story to get to the stalls. A couple of good things about the theatre - more toilets compared to others! Also ample space at the bar - and there's one on the dress circle and stalls so no need to wrestle over to get a drink before the show.
I love the shows they offer through out the year. I've watched a couple of amazing numbers such as Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake and Merchants of Bollywood. Have a look at the sadlers wells site to see what's on.
I hated this theatre. The seats are very uncomfortable. It is very much the poorer uglier sister of the main sadlers wells theatre.
The show we wasted our time and money on was BLAM!. What an utter disappointment. I cannot believe the raving reviews of this show. We found it boring and amateur. Could not even bear to stay till the end. Terrible.
They put on some decent shows at the Peacock, with some pretty reasonable prices.
The seating layout is clear and unobstructed and you'll get a reasonable view of the show wherever you're sitting.
They have a reasonable selection at the bar but the prices are a bit of a rip-off, but all the theatres in London are underfunded and they have to make money where they can.
It's slightly away from the main 'Theatreland' meaning pre-theatre dinner is trickier to find without a bit of a walk, but it's still a good place to see a show.
Listen theatre goers -- whenever you have a a chance to catch a show at the Peacock Theatre, don't pass up the opportunity. (Unless it's during the daylight, in which case you'll likely be sitting in on a LSE lecture.)
Associated with the fantastic Sadlers Wells, the Peacock is dedicated to the dance, dance revolution sweeping the nation, so prepare to be exceptionally jealous of the movement, flexibility, expression and body fat content of those performing. Since all of the seats are in an enviable position with perfect views of the stage, this truly is the perfect place to ponder a pirouette, or hunt for one London's most elusive ghosts... (HINT: he's faster that lightning...)
Tickets start around £15, so there's really no excuse not to unleash your inner culture vulture... or culture peacock, for that matter.
Cant believe i am going to be the 1st to review this place.
I am not a huge theatre buff but last night was a night to remember.
The show was "Havana Rakatan" with a free post show dance class. the troupe dazzle us with Cuban songs and dance and they made you move in your seat.
There have a great concierge, finger foods & bar available too and the best part of it is that tickets are pretty INEXPENSIVE.
As a big fan of modern dance and a regular visitor of Sadlers Wells, I was disapppointed at my first visit to the Peackock last night.
The entrance is just off Kingsway, that horrible stretch of busy road linking the Aldwych and Holborn. I was intrigued by the theatre actually being underground; in order to reach the stalls you have to walk down two flights of stairs.
As far as I am aware there is only one staircase leading up, and leaving the theatre took ages - not recommended for claustrophobics!
Especially when compared to Sadlers Wells, the Peacock Theatre looks like a very sad compromise. According to the information in the programme, it has been ill-fated from the start. It appears very neglected.
I think a theatre set the tone and general backdrop for a play or show and it spoilt my enjoyment.
Everyone should go and see 'TRACES'. I took my girlfriend as part of her birthday present and we were both in awe and wanted to see more!
The standard of the performance, price of tickets and where we got seats made it a wonderful experience. I think it's on until near the ed of March, so get booking and go! You really won't regret it.
A satellite of Sadlers Wells this is a great theatre for dance and musicals. Tickets are pretty cheap and the location is great. I sat right at the back of the stalls but still had a very good view.
Some like it Hip Hop, what an absolutely fabulous show. The energy from the cast was outstanding and throughly entertaining. The theatre itself was nice, the seating was spacious and I can't blame them that I had the biggest guy in the theatre in front of me! The bar looked really nice but I didn't have anything so can't comment on the prices. I would give five stars but that would be more because of the show as I was freezing.
This is a great theatre, especially if you have children. We recently went to see The Snowman which runs end Dec to beg Jan. There were 7 of us, 5 adults and 2 kids under 6. We had a great time, not only because the show was good but because the theatre itself wasn't like most theatres. It was a decent size, had leg room, baby changing facilities and enough toilets not to queue too long. We were in the stalls though so I can't comment on the other seats but you didn't need to be right in the middle to see what was going on. It puts on lots of great performances throughout the year and is close to Holborn tube. If you fancy a wander after, Covent Garden is close by and so is Somerset House/The Strand. Well worth a visit!
The Peacock theatre is part of the Saddlers Wells group and offers many forms of dance for its audience. From the classical reworkings of Matthew Bourne to the up and coming talents of London Studio Centre's 3rd year graduates showcases. Spanish Flamenco, Tap, Break Dancing, Ballet are a few areas which this theatre puts forward each week. Discounts for members of Saddlers Wells but tickets are relatively cheap. A good cultural evening out, and money well spent. Visit the website for the latest shows and events.
We visited The Peacock Theatre last year with our 3 year old to see The Snowman. It was easy to find and a very modern building with Wheelchair and Pushchair access which was refreshingly easy. There are tubes and buses nearby with plenty of restaurants etc also. The show was fantastic and our son was entranced and we are definitely going to go again this year. They offer cushions for little ones to put them higher up in the seats and the usual Theatre Bar.
I went to watch Tango fire, it was amazing, i loved it so much, I cried.they have so many performances that you can go there everyday, the prices starts from £15 so it is not so expensive, I would suggest anyone who does not want to spend lots of money to go there and enjoy themselves
A comfortable and under-used theatre offering bars at 2 levels. The theatre is underground not that that matters! Sensible row lengths so that you are not hopping up and down letting people in and out all the time if you are towards the aisle. Being part of the Sadlers Wells group they tend to show a lot of dance performances but it's all very light-hearted and reasonably priced.
my partenr and i loved this theatre but not as much as the aldwych as it is bigger and doesnt have the same homely, welcoming feel. however it was a plkeasent experience and and the staff were very helpful and polite which made the experience even more pleasent.
I came here in May 2010 to see The Merchants of Bollywood and thought the small size of the theatre made the show more enjoyable. It has a nice intimate atmosphere. The seats are spaced so that you don't sit directly behind someone else- extremely handy if you aren't very tall!Although people go to the bar during the intervals, it is possible to remain in your seat with a small plastic bottle without being repriminded by the staff. I think that as long as you are discreet, no one seems to mind.
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