Celebrated for its world-class dance performances, the Peacock Theatre is Sadler’s Wells’ principal centre and West End venue. It also hosts legendary operas, concerts and musicals, in addition to various events, conferences and lectures held by the London School of Economics.
The Peacock is located on historical grounds, where the former Vere Street Theatre stood. The Vere marked the first performance by a woman on an English theatre stage, where Margaret Hughes took on the role of Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello in 1960. The theatre acclaimed other legends in its history - notably the ghost of Flipper the dolphin. The urban myth states that during the 1970s, a dolphin was kept in the water tank underneath the stage for aquatic shows. Due to neglect, the dolphin passed away, but continues to be remembered as one of the theatre’s ghosts.
Over the years, the Peacock also provided the venue for the recording of TV show ‘This is Your Life’, before undertaking new ownership by the London School of Economics. The new owners provided its current name, which derived from its alumnus, and use the facility during the daytime. It boasts a 999-seat capacity, divided into two tiers, stalls and a circle.