Peacock Theatre
Londres - Angleterre

Construction: 1960

Topologie du théâtre

Nombre de salles actives: 1
Salle 1: (999)    1960 - Actif


En métro: Holborn (Central/Piccadilly Lines) / Temple (District/Circle Lines)
En bus: High Holborn 8, 19, 38, 22B, 25, 188, 501, 521 / Kingsway 1, 68, 91, 168, 171, 188, 501, 505, 521, X68 / Aldwych/Strand 4, 11, 15, 23, 26, 76, 171, 341
Adresse: Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT


Nom: 1911 London Opera House / 1914 National Theatre of England / 1916 Stoll Theatre / 1916 Stoll Picture Theatre / 1960 The Royalty Theatre



1960 - Actif

Former theatres

A theatre has stood on the site since the 17th century. Known as Gibbon's Tennis Court, or the Vere Street Theatre. Mrs Hughes became the first (identified) woman to tread the boards of a London theatre, on 8 December 1660, in a performance of Othello.[1] The company left the theatre in 1663 and there is no record of further plays at the theatre. The building was finally destroyed by fire in 1809.

The Holman Opera Troupe were lessees of the London Opera House. Mr. George Holman, his wife, his daughter Sallie Holman (soprano/principal singer) and another daughter, and two sons, with some others, including William H. Crane and Sallie`s husband Mr. J. T. Dalton, which toured throughout Canada for many years.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the creation of Aldwych and Kingsway, linking High Holborn and Aldwych, destroyed a number of established London playhouses and the site between Portugal Street and Sardinia Street became available. New York-based theatre impresario Oscar Hammerstein I (the grandfather of Oscar Hammerstein II) commissioned Bertie Crewe, to build a new theatre in the Beaux-Arts style. The theatre opened on 13 November 1911 as the London Opera House. It had an approximately 45 feet (13.7 m) by 78 feet (23.8 m) stage, and a capacity of 2,660. As an opera house, it found it difficult to attract audiences from the Royal Opera House, and from 1914–15 the house became the National Theatre of England.

In May 1915 the theatre hosted Vladimir Rosing's Allied Opera Season. Rosing presented the English premiere of Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades and introduced Tamaki Miura as Madama Butterfly, the first Japanese singer to be cast in that role.

The theatre was purchased by Oswald Stoll in 1916 and renamed the Stoll Theatre and, for a time, as the Stoll Picture Theatre, housing cine variety until the 1950s. Rose Marie played at the Stoll Theatre in 1942, followed by Kismet and Stars on Ice in 1947. The London transfer of a version of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess that restored it to an operatic form, took place here on 9 October 1952.[4] Joan of Arc at the Stake was produced in 1954, starring Ingrid Bergman. The theatre closed on 4 August 1957, and was demolished for the construction of an office block.

Current building
The present, smaller theatre was built and christened The Royalty Theatre in 1960, located on the basement level of an office building. It was the first West End theatre to be built since the Saville Theatre in 1931. The MGM film Ben Hur played at the theatre in 1961. Mutiny on the Bounty played next, and the theatre was then equipped for screening Cinerama films becoming London's third Cinerama theatre (the others being the Casino Cinerama and the Coliseum Cinerama). The theatre only premièred one Cinerama film, The Golden Head, however. In 1966, the house returned to live theatre use. The Royalty Theatre's only successes were a run of the hit Oh! Calcutta! and a hit production of Bubbling Brown Sugar in the late 1970s. Spectacular 'follies' style shows and 'drag' shows didn't find an audience, and the theatre became used as a TV studio for This is Your Life, but was later bought by the London School of Economics and renamed the Peacock Theatre.

When Sadler's Wells determined to build its new theatre in 1996, the company moved to the Peacock Theatre. After the new Sadler's Wells Theatre opened in 1998, the Peacock became a dance venue for the company. The Rat Pack played at the theatre in 2002, and Doldrum Bay premièred here in 2003. The house is now shared between the London School of Economics (during the day) and Sadler's Wells evening dance productions.

The Peacock Theatre is most noted as the home of one of the West End's most unusual ghosts, a dolphin commonly known as 'Flipper'. An urban myth has grown that during one of Paul Raymond's revues at the theatre in the 1970s, a dolphin was kept in a tank beneath the stage, where it lived permanently and later died from neglect. In fact, this is not true. Indeed two dolphins called 'Pennie' and 'Pixie' were kept in the theatre in a tank for three months for a show called 'The Royalty Folies', which was later renamed 'The Great International Nude Show'. However neither of these animals died whilst at the theatre and at the close of the show the animals were moved to a dolphinarium in the far east. The remnants of the tank and its lifting equipment still remain below the stage and numerous visitors to the theatre claim to have heard a spectral squeaking, not unlike a crying baby when in the vicinity. One possible explanation is that the London Underground passes very close to the substage areas of the theatre and it is noise from the tunnels that creates the sound.

1911 London Opera House / 1914 National Theatre of England / 1916 Stoll Theatre / 1916 Stoll Picture Theatre / 1960 The Royalty Theatre

Original London

5) Once on this Island (Original London)

Joué durant  

Nb de représentations: 145 représentations
Première preview: mer. 28 septembre 1994
Première: mer. 28 septembre 1994
Dernière: Inconnu

Compositeur: Stephen Flaherty •  
Parolier: Lynn Ahrens •  
Libettiste: Lynn Ahrens •  
Metteur en scène: David Toguri • Gwenda Hughes •  
Chorégraphe: David Toguri •  
Avec: Lorna Brown (Ti Moune), Anthony Corriette (Daniel), P.P. Arnold (Erzulie, goddess of Love), Sharon D. Clarke (Asaka, goddess of Earth), Clive Rowe (Papa Ge - Death) , Trevor Michael Georges (The Water God), Suzanne Packer, Shezwae Powell, Mark Vincent, Johnny Worthy 

Commentaire: Based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy, this is basically an all-black adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Mermaid” story. The musical originally opened on Broadway in October 1990 and ran for 469 performances. The British premiere opened at the Birmingham Rep in July 1994 and immediately transferred to the West End.  (plus) 


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4) Barnardo (Original)   

Joué durant  

Nb de représentations: 43 représentations
Première preview: Inconnu
Première: mer. 21 mai 1980
Dernière: Inconnu

Compositeur: *** Divers •  
Parolier: *** Divers •  
Libettiste: *** Divers •  
Metteur en scène: Ernest Maxim •  
Chorégraphe: Alain de Hay •  
Avec: James Smillie (Dr Barnardo), Fiona Fullerton (Syrie Elmslie), and a cast including 20 Children 

Commentaire: This was one of the great disasters of musical theatre. It contained embarrassing moments like Mrs Barnardo thrusting her dead baby into the arms of her husband for him to sing about “My Son”, a dreadful duet for two poor urchins singing a song called “Cor”, and reviews which said things like “This is a case for the NSPCC” . The show was in financial trouble very early on, with a receiver called in, and the receiver quarrelling with the show’s publicists - they refused to place any more adverts or posters unless they were paid - and then furiously criticising the reviewers for their bad notices, claiming this was a show which the audiences loved.  (plus) 

Presse: "Written, composed and directed by Ernest Maxin (to whom we raise our hatchets), Barnardo at the Royalty is everything one expects a British musical to be: a collection of familiar-sounding tunes and empty lyrics tethered to a book deprived of wit or logic. Songbook, A Night in the Ukraine and Talent were recent shining exceptions to the rule, but here we are back with the showbiz musical that tells us less about Dr Barnardo in three hours than a programme note in 1,500 words." The Guardian - 23 may 1980

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3) Titus Andronicus ()

Joué durant  1 mois

Nb de représentations: 35 représentations
Première preview: Inconnu
Première: lun. 01 juillet 1957
Dernière: sam. 03 août 1957

Libettiste: William Shakespeare •  
Metteur en scène: Peter Brook •  
Avec: Vivien Leigh (as Lavinia), Laurence Olivier (as Titus Andronicus), Anthony Quayie (as Aaron), Maxine Audley (as Tamora), Michael Murray (Alarhus), Kevin Miles (Chiron), Lee Montague (Demetrius), and Alan Webb (as Marcus Andronicus). 

Commentaire: Il s'agit de la version créée en 1955 au Royal Shakespeare Theatre de Stratford. La pièce sera jouée à Paris, Venice, Belgrade, Zagreb, Vienne et Varsovie, puis à Londres au Stoll Theatre, dont ce sera le dernier spectacle, avant sa démolition et son remplacement par le Peacocok Theatre.  (plus) 


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Original London

2) Porgy and Bess (Original London)

Joué durant  4 mois

Première preview: jeu. 09 octobre 1952
Première: jeu. 09 octobre 1952
Dernière: mar. 10 février 1953

Compositeur: George Gershwin •  
Parolier: DuBose Heyward • Ira Gershwin •  
Libettiste: DuBose Heyward •  
Metteur en scène: Robert Breen •  



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1) Show Boat (Revival)

Joué durant  5 mois

Nb de représentations: 264 représentations
Première preview: Inconnu
Première: sam. 17 avril 1943
Dernière: sam. 18 septembre 1943

Compositeur: Jerome Kern •  
Parolier: Oscar Hammerstein II •  
Libettiste: Oscar Hammerstein II •  
Metteur en scène: James Moran •  
Chorégraphe: Max Rivers •  
Avec: Gwenyth Eascelles (Magnolia), Bruce Carfax (Gaylord Ravenal), Mark Daly (Cap ’n Andy), Pat Taylor (Julie La Verne), Hester Paton Brown (Parthy), Malcolm McEachern “Mr Jetsam” (Joe), Lucille Benstead (Queenie), ylvia Kcllaway (Ellie May), Leslier Kellaway (Frank Schultz), Robert Elson (Steve Baker) 



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