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A theatre has existed on this site since the 17th century, first ever known as Gibbon's Tennis Court, hosting a production of Othello (1660). In 1809, the building was destroyed by a fire.

The current building was built in 1960 and named the Royalty Theatre, with MGM hosting various film screenings including Ben Hur (1961) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). In 1963, the lease was taken over by Cinerama, with presentations of films such as The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1963), It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, The Golden Head (1965) and My Fair Lady (1965-1966).

Gala Film Distributors took over in 1966, opening with X-rated Swedish film Night Games, followed by Oh! Calcutta and Bubbling Brown Sugar in the late 1970's. Later, the theatre was used as a studio for popular television programme This is Your Life, before being bought by the London School of Economics and renamed the Peacock Theatre.

In 1996, Sadler's Wells Company moved to the Peacock Theatre, becoming a prolific dance venue for the company. When the Sadler's Wells theatre opened in 1998, the theatre was used extensively by dancers. The Rat Pack (2002) played at the theatre, followed by Doldrum Bay (2003).

Notable productions have included The Houdini Experience, Ballet Revolucion, The Wah! Wah! Girls, Some Like it Hip Hop (2012), Tango Fire: Flames of Desire, Zoonation: Some Like it Hip Hop, Blam! (2013) and Rasta Thomas Dance Company - Romeo & Juliet (2015).

Now, the venue plays host to endless dance productions, including an annual run of Birmingham Repertory Theatre's The Snowman, with 2016 productions including Merchants of Bollywood, Vamos Cuba!, Into the Hoods, White Snake and more.

2017 sees a variety of one-off productions continue to play at the theatre, with a limited season from the UK tour of Footloose (2017), starring Gareth Gates. Birmingham Repertory Theatre's The Snowman returns again for Christmas 2017.

2019 sees the 30th Anniversary revival of Fame the Musical arrive at the theatre, following a successful UK tour. The Snowman returns to the theatre at Christmas.

At the beginning of 2020, the theatre will play host to Message In A Bottlea new dance show choreographed by Kate Prince and featuring the music of Sting.

Past Shows

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Message In A Bottle
(closed 21 Mar 2020)
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The Snowman
(closed 5 Jan 2020)
Fame Small
Fame the Musical
(closed 19 Oct 2019)


The Snowman
(closed 6 Jan 2019)

Cirque Eloize - Hotel
(closed 3 Jan 2019)

Tango Fire
(closed 3 Jan 2019)


Yamato - Passion
(closed 3 Jan 2019)

Tap Dogs
(closed 10 Nov 2018)

Taj Express
(closed 20 Oct 2018)


The Tap Pack
(closed 19 May 2018)

Cirque Berserk
(closed 7 May 2018)

English National Ballet: My First Swan Lake
(closed 7 Apr 2018)