Cheap Smashed - Special Edition Tickets at The Peacock Theatre
The forbidden fruit gets its comeuppance in Gandini Juggling’s cult-hit show Smashed. In this special edition, created for the 40th anniversary of the London International Mime Festival, 17 performers challenge all preconceptions of juggling as they disrupt the carefully created constellations of flying fruit, and instead celebrate the ‘drop’ as the apples come tumbling down, and with them, the rigid conventions of etiquette, dress and body language.
Inspired by the work of Pina Bausch, this funny and thrilling work explores conflict, tense relationships, lost love, and afternoon tea on an even grander scale than the original.
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Peacock Theatre Seat Plan
Choose your seats from the plan of the Peacock Theatre above. If you're making your first visit to a theatre or you're simply unsure about where you'd most like to be seated, here's a quick guide to help you choose:
The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.
The Peacock Theatre is situated on Portugal Street in the West End of London, close to Holborn tube station.
The first recorded mention of a theatre on the site can be traced back to 1660, when the first woman ever to take to the British stage appeared in Shakespeare’s Othello.
Following several fires during the 19th century, the theatre was rebuilt in 1911 and named the London Opera House. But due to competition with the Royal Opera House, the New London Opera House was forced to close in 1912.
Changing tack, it re-opened in 1914 as the National Theatre of England and remained as such until 1957 when it was demolished to make way for an office block.
Beaten but unbowed, the theatre’s owners built a 1000 seat theatre in the office basement. Entitled the Royalty Theatre, it opened in 1960. But the scaled-down venue only saw moderate success, drawing small audiences to niche shows.
During the 1970s the London School of Economics took over the theatre as a lecture hall and named it the Peacock Theatre. Sadler’s Wells also sourced the venue as its West End home, meaning that the theatre today has a dual identity, hosting both lectures in the daytime and theatre and dance performances at night.
Among the most notable of the shows to have graced this unusual theatre’s stage during its history are the infamous musical Oh! Calcutta! and a hit production of Bubbling Brown Sugar. The theatre was also used as a TV studio for the long-running light entertainment show This Is Your Life.
Today, the Peacock Theatre enjoys consistent success and is especially well known for staging both classical and modern dance shows.
The layout, size and atmosphere of the Peacock Theatre make it the perfect place to see both new and established dance performers as well as the occasional play. Recent successes include The Snowman, Umoja: The Spirit of Togetherness and The Rat Pack.
Whatever you decide to see at the Peacock Theatre, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.
Venue Address: Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HTView Map
- Air conditioned
- Infrared hearing loop
- Wheelchair accessible