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Peacock Theatre

Portugal Street , London WC2A 2HT 020 7863 8222

  • Where to buy tickets
  • Best seat advice
  • Seating plan/s
  • Getting to the theatre

Buying tickets online - via - the owners' site, provide the service for this theatre.
This theatre allows online seat selection.

If you book 2 or more productions in a single transaction, the Sadler's Wells / Peacock Theatre multi-buy discount may apply, see for details.

About the show: Will appear here.

Booking fees per transaction:
£3 per transaction is charged. Join the "Friends Of Sadler's Wells" (details from the box office) to avoid the fees altogether.


Other Online Choices (with genuine S.T.A.R ticket agencies):
For some productions, agencies offer tickets. Details appear below if appropriate.

Ticket agencies offer an alternative way to buy tickets, with booking fees differing from those charged by the theatre box office itself. They may have seats available or special offers when theatres do not.

Ticket agency prices vary in response to theatres implementing “dynamic pricing”  - which alters prices according to demand for a particular performance. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.

ALSO SEE for great value "hotel and theatre ticket" packages.
Other Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats.


Box office information

Telephone: 020 7863 8222
Operated by the theatre owner, Sadler's Wells Theatre, on behalf of their own venue.

If you book 2 or more productions in a single transaction, the Sadler's Wells / Peacock Theatre multi-buy discount may apply, ask your phone operator for details.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
A £3 per transaction, not per ticket, booking fee is added to all sales. Join the "Friends Of Sadler's Wells" (ask your operator at time of booking) to avoid the fees altogether.

For personal callers or by post:
Portugal Street, London. WC2A 2HT
No booking fee for personal callers.

Note that the box office is open irregular hours, and mostly only on performance days. Check before making a specific journey.

Special Access Needs Customers: 
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers can book their seats and enquire about concessionary prices that may be available to them on 020 7863 8222 (020 7863 8015 minicom). / are the official theatre websites.

Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.

This theatre is partly underground with a long walk downstairs to the stalls. Those allergic to stairs should try the Dress Circle. Those who cannot use stairs are forced to use the Dress Circle. Not great. 

The theatre website at has a good photograph of the auditorium. Select "Your Visit" from the front page menu on the right, then scroll down.

  • Stalls
  • Dress Circle
  • Dress Circle Boxes



The Dress Circle overhangs the stalls at about row N.

The stalls are divided into a central and two side blocks by aisles.

The side stalls blocks also have row H replaced by an aisle.

The rake (sloped floor to help see over rows in front) is a slope from A to O, then stepped from row P back. The slope is noticeable from row E.


Adequate in all seats for those up to 6ft.

Side blocks row J seats 1 to 7 and 23 to 29 (J23 "quite luxurious" for one 6ft reader") on a cross aisle, plus row Y 9 and 29 and ZA 1 have nothing in front. Best legroom in the house. Seat O33 is clear for one leg in front.

Those seated in rows P to X 9 and 25 may find a little extra space to spread one leg into the aisle.

Choosing seats in general

The stage is usually low, head height to a 5ft 7 monkey, with an orchestra pit in front.

The central block offers clear views from all seats. Row A is set back enough not to look up too sharply at the stage and has excellent legroom for those up to around 6ft at least.

In the side blocks, avoid the first four seats in all rows as these are outside the proscenium with a poor viewing angle. If all seats are the same prices, insist on the central block first.

Rows A to D are too close to a high stage (if one is used) to minimise the disruption caused by the strange viewing angle. Rows A to C are often sold at second price though. When they are, the discount makes them a lot more attractive. For dance, you will miss feet, however low the stage is.

Row G is prime, then H, J, F and E.

The rake is really noticeable at around row P where it is on steps, giving a good view over the seats in front and thus increasing their value for money. This is often at top price though - you can sit further forward for the same money.

Row S is often the first available below top price, so take this row first at lower price, then go back alphabetically.

Rows Z to ZB are almost in a room of their own, slightly cut off from the main auditorium, the monkey felt.

General hazard notes

Seats are not "offset" sufficiently to see between the people ahead.

A sound desk can replace row Z seats 5 to 8 and rows ZA and ZB 6 to 10, making Y 18 to 24 a "no-no" for those not wishing to be disturbed by extraneous noise. This applies for "The Snowman" each Christmas season.

Changes for the current production


Readers comments

"C7: "Shoes" (February 2011). I paid £35 through the GILT ticket offer (runs January to March each year). I'm 6ft tall and felt that I had a reasonable level of legroom, and especially with it being an aisle seat, I could also stretch my right leg out. I was able to see the entire stage and felt only a little neck ache from the close proximity of the stage and having to look up. Overall, very good seats."

"D6: "Another Kind of Blue: Flirt with Reality" (July 2019) A very clear view of the stage, from a side section of the theatre. The seat cost £30.00, however it was bought buy a friend and at a reduced rate. The seats in the theatre are well raked and there is plenty of room, between the rows for even the tallest person."

"E10: "Cirque Eloize - Hotel (February 2019). Another good seat at the Peacock Theatre, situated in the centre section. It gave an excellent view of the stage and it was so close that you could easily see the actors faces. Seating is well raked, with good leg room between rows. It was also very close to an aisle."

"F28: "Shoes" (February 2011). The sound was really dodgy, too overpowering and not well mixed - but the show on stage more than made up for it!"

“Row G: We had very good seats in the centre block in row G. I also note that the circle overhang doesn’t seem to impinge on the view of the top of the stage except possibly in the last couple of rows."

“G2 and 3: “The Rocky Horror Show“ (May 2023), (Broadway John). Good legroom. Good view and rake. Would sit here again!”

Reader Sam comments:
"G18: (Sam). Excellent in every department. There is not much to add really. Side Stalls, rows E to G, seats 24 (and maybe maybe 25 as well), if can be obtained for cheaper price than the centre stalls, I would elevate to "Green", because I think they offer good view. With a review in my mind, I went during the intermission to the back of the stalls. Of course there was no action, but they looked to me as good seats, and it didn't feel far at all. So, I think people on tight budget should go for those seats without fear of losing out. So, in a nutshell, I agree with the theatremonkey assessment."

"G24 and 25: In the front side block, in the second price bracket, whereas G23 and the centre block were full-price. View of the stage was excellent and unobscured, and I'd reaffirm reader Sam's view that these seats (and probably F24 and 25, and F and G 7 and 8 too) should definitely be considered 'green' based on value for money assuming they are still in that second price bracket."

"J23 and 24: "The Merchants Of Bollywood" (June 2011). These seats were at the inside of the side block with a good view of the entire stage. While not completely central this was not an issue and for this particular show (dance) it was preferable to be close to the stage. For a play it might have been preferable to be slightly more central and possibly further back. However for those (like me) who like their legroom, this could be more than outweighed by the exceptional legroom in the side blocks of row J – quite luxurious."

"K23: "Tango Fire" (February 2013). On the inner end of the side block, stage right. It had only one row in front of it before the cross aisle and was offset from that row enough so as to give a perfectly clear view of the stage. Despite not being in a the centre block, I didn't feel too side-on to the action. Leg room was perfectly fine for someone of average height with a decent overall rake, although the stage is not particularly high. There was a good feeling of space being so close to two aisles."

“L20 and 21: “Bat Out Of Hell” (February 2023), (Bob Pickett). Just in from the edge of the central block of seats, but still central. View is good, clearing the seats in front (a couple of rows back it is stepped giving even more clearance, but it was good enough here). To be honest the padding has seen better days, it wasn't bad but I did need to fidget from time to time. Seat width is decent and leg room is acceptable.”

"O25 and 26: "Taj Express" (October 2018). I am 6ft tall and had excellent legroom in O25 and a very clear view of the stage where I easily see the feet of the dancers."

"P23 and 24: There is a good rake in the stalls but even better in row P as the floor then begins to go up in steps. This allows you to see clearly over heads in front of you. Sound and comfort were also good as well. I would happily sit here again."

"R13 and 14: "Johannes Radebe" (April 2023). The seats weren’t off-set, so that anyone in front of you may block your view of the stage.  We were nice and central there, but although the two adults in front of us were only a normal height, their heads blocked a chunk of the stage (and this wasn’t helped when one got understandably enthusiastic about the show and started to clap above their head which meant that I couldn’t even see between the heads). The rake did not seem to be brilliant. The seats were comfortable enough and we had enough legroom.
The crush at the interval, though, was appalling. The queues for the bar mingled with the queues for the ladies and the people then having drinks, so the room was jammed.  I went upstairs and the circle foyer was much better – same size of room but presumably fewer seats in the circle? You go down to get into this theatre, though, so you have to go up again to reach the entrance foyer to breathe (which I did)."

"U22, U23 and U24: "Burn The Floor" (October 2016). Although you are towards the back of the theatre, the rows are stepped, which ensures all but the smallest members of the audience should have a very good view. Acoustics were fine. Plenty of legroom (the tallest member of our party was 5' 10") and comfy seats with armrests. This is in the central block of seats and is the first row at third price (£28 for this show)."

"U25 to 27: Good view of stage, good offsetting, sufficient rake, quite near the back so easy access to loos and bar at the interval. Would recommend these seats." 


Dress Circle


This is at the rear of the stalls, overhanging at row N.

The circle is split into front and rear sections by an aisle running across the front of row E.

Each section is split into a central and two side blocks by aisles.

Rails run behind row D and on the wall in front of row E.


Just adequate in all seats.

Row A is comfortable for those up to around 5ft 5, row B to 5ft 6, row C to 5ft 7, row D to 5ft 8. The monkey did feel that in row B there is slightly more legroom from around B 7 to 28 than the outer ends of that row.

Row E has least legroom, comfortable maybe for those up to 5ft 4. Rows F to H for those up to 5ft 6, and a bit more, for those up to 5ft 7 in row J.


Choosing seats in general

The front section offers clear views from all seats. Being at the back of the auditorium means these seats are far from the stage for the price. Theatremonkey says choose the front stalls first for the same money unless a high level view is essential to you. 

Avoid rows A to D seats 1 to 4 and 30 to 34 as these are close to the sides of the auditorium. Choose the centre block row B first for view, then C or D. On comfort, D, C, B then A based on legroom. As normal, take side block seats last if at the same price.

The rear section again has a clear view, and the monkey revised its opinion, feeling row J didn't have as distanced a view as it thought - it places it over rows Z to ZB in the stalls now.

Take the centre block row F, then G, then E if bars and limited legroom don't bother you, and then back. 

Avoid rows E to H seats 1 to 4 and 29 to 32 for being too close to the sides of the theatre. 

Wheelchair users are placed in the back row of the Left hand block (looking from the stage). Getting to it is a hassle and the view is not great either.

General hazard notes

Low bars at the ends of aisles don't affect views particularly, though A 1, 10, 11, 22, 23 and 32 may be missable for purists. 

Bars also run across the wall in front of row E.

A reader notes the wide front of the circle, and that covering lights bolted to the wall in front of row A may make it less suitable for the shortest.

Changes for the current production


Readers comments

"J16 to 18: Central back row, nobody to bother you behind, good legroom, good rake, no need to lean forward and a great view of the whole stage. Small enough theatre that you don’t feel miles away. On an aisle for quick getaway and access to the nearby ladies in the interval."

Dress Circle Boxes


These are at the sides of the theatre between the stage and the front of the Dress Circle.

Boxes AL and AR are set in front and below BL and BR.

Boxes BL and BR seat 4, boxes AL and AR seat 3.


Adequate as seats are movable chairs.

Choosing seats in general

Choose boxes BL and BR first for the best viewing angles, which are adequate as best from all boxes; but take rear Stalls before boxes.

General hazard notes

The view from all of them is side on.

Changes for the current production


Readers comments


Notes best seat advice

Total 1037 seats.

Air-conditioned auditorium.

Sennheiser infrared. Occasional signed and audio described performances. Guide dogs are allowed in the theatre or can be dog sat. Wheelchair access is via platform from street to foyer, lift to all levels. Call the theatre for advice on 020 7863 8222 (020 7863 8015 minicom). / are the official theatre websites.

No food except Ice cream and confectionery. In 2023 a reader in the stalls noted,
"The crush at the interval was appalling. The queues for the bar mingled with the queues for the ladies and the people then having drinks, so the room was jammed. I went upstairs and the circle foyer was much better – same size of room but presumably fewer seats in the circle? You go down to get into this theatre, though, so you have to go up again to reach the entrance foyer to breathe (which I did)."

Two bars, Stalls and Dress Circle.

4 toilets, Stalls 1 gents 1 ladies; Dress Circle 1 gents 1 ladies.

General price band information

Theatres use "dynamic pricing." Seat prices change according to demand for a particular performance. Prices below were compiled as booking originally opened. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.

Based on paying FULL PRICE (no discount!) for tickets, site writers and contributing guests have ALSO created the colour-coded plans for "value for money," considering factors like views, comfort and value-for-money compared with other same-priced seats available.

For a full discussion, opinions, reviews, notes, tips, hints and advice on all the seats in this theatre, click on "BEST SEAT ADVICE" (on the left of your screen).

On the plans below:
Seats in GREEN many feel may offer either noticeable value, or something to compensate for a problem; for example, being a well-priced restricted view ticket. Any seats coloured LIGHT GREEN are sold at "premium" prices because the show producer thinks they are the best. The monkey says "you are only getting what you pay for" but uses this colour to highlight the ones it feels best at the price, and help everybody else find equally good seats nearby at lower prices.

Seats in WHITE, many feel, provided about what they pay for. Generally unremarkable.

Seats in RED are coloured to draw attention. Not necessarily to be avoided - maybe nothing specific is wrong with them, other than opinions that there are better seats at the same price. Other times there may be something to consider before buying – perhaps overpricing, obstructed views, less comfort etc.

Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.

By value for money:

General plan for most productions

Peacock Theatre general value seating plan




Note, the sound desk in the rear stalls can be replaced for some productions (not including "The Snowman" in December each year):

In this case row Y seats 18 to 24 should be considered "White" - fair value.

Please note: The seating plans are not accurate representations of the auditorium. While we try to ensure they are as close to the actual theatre plan as possible we cannot guarantee they are a true representation. Customers with specific requirements are advised to discuss these with the theatre prior to booking to avoid any confusion.

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Nearest underground station

Holborn - Piccadilly Line (dark blue).

For mobility impaired audience members, the Society of London Theatre provide a "photo map" - illustrated walking route to this venue from a near landmark and also Waterloo Station (the nearest fully accessible station) on their website, via the theatre's listing page on that site.

There are two exits from this station. 

If you see, on leaving the station, a branch of McDonalds ahead of you on the opposite side of the road then do not cross this road, just turn left and walk to the four way crossroads. If you come to a three way cross roads, wrong way.

At the four way crossroads, do not cross any street, just turn to your left and walk on, passing the Underground Station entrance. The street is called Kingsway. 

If you leave the station and see ahead of you on the other side of the road a glass building with a "Sainsbury" sign ahead of you do not cross to it, just turn left as you are on Kingsway already.

All together now on Kingsway, walk straight on, passing mostly office blocks and give what you can to the homeless who inhabit the doorways. Cross Gate Street, Twyford Place, Remnant Street and Sardinia Street. 

Also close to the theatre is Temple Station - Circle Line (yellow) and District Line (green).

This is closed on Sundays and some other times, so check before using. If it is open, then leave the station turning left. If you see the river, wrong way!

A photographic version of this walking route is available by clicking here.

Go up the steps and cross the road ahead of you. Keep walking straight on up Arundel Street (the road sloping upwards ahead of you).  Make sure you are on the right hand side pavement.

At the top of Arundel Street is "The Strand" and The Aldwych", a busy road intersection and cluster of buildings. Cross the road so that you are on the curving street ahead of you. 

Follow this street as it curves to your left. Keep going and when you come to "Kingsway" - a busy multi-landed street, turn right into it, but do not cross the road. A long narrow "Peacock Theatre" sign is ahead of you attached to the side of a building. This marks Portugal Street. Turn into it and the theatre is on the left, near the end of the street.


1, 68, 91, 168, 171, 188, 501, 505, 521, X68 all stop on Kingsway. Walk up Portugal Street to the theatre.


A rank for Black taxis is at Charing Cross Station - a long distance from the theatre. Best chance of hailing one in the street is to walk down Portugal Street to Kingsway.

Car park

Parker Street, under the New London Theatre.

Exit the Car Park and stand with your back to the main foyer of the theatre.
Turn to your left, and walk straight on crossing Parker Mews and Newton Street. At the end of Parker Street is a busy multi lane road, Kingsway. Cross it and turn right. Walk straight on, passing mostly office blocks and give what you can to the homeless who inhabit the doorways. Cross Twyford Place, Remnant Street and Sardinia Street. If you come to Holborn Station, wrong way.

Turn left into the next road you come to, Portugal Street. The Peacock Theatre is ahead on your left.

If you come to the Aldwych Theatre, too far!

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