Discover The Peacock theatre in Holborn
The Peacock theatre has been a West End outpost for the Sadler’s Wells theatre in Islington since the 1990s, when the legendary dance venue temporarily moved here during a rebuild. Sadler’s Wells has run the entertainment programme for The Peacock ever since, which makes this Holborn theatre a great place to catch interesting dance productions.
As the Portugal Street theatre gets ready to show Ballet Shoes by London Children’s Ballet (4-7 Jul), teenaged dancer and Peacock regular Tegan Smith explains what she loves about watching shows there.
I went to my first-ever West End show at The Peacock theatre when I was just over three years old, to see the English National Ballet perform Angelina Ballerina. Mum says I was so captivated that I didn’t even want to go and get an ice cream during the interval – just in case the mice came back on stage when I was gone! www.ballet.org.uk
As a big fan of dance, I’ve really enjoy seeing performances at The Peacock. Even if we don’t get tickets until the day before and have to sit right at the back, it’s so compact in there that you can still see everything and feel close to the stage. I think Beats on Pointe was one of my favourite recent performances – it was such a dynamic mix of street and ballet dance styles. www.beatsonpointe.com
In 2018, I saw London Children’s Ballet perform The Canterville Ghost at The Peacock. I was surprised at how professional the dancing and acting were; it was really easy to forget that the performers were children. The character acting was so strong that I got completely engrossed in the story. My mum’s friend brought her nine-year-old son (who isn’t a big ballet fan) and he was pretty impressed, too. www.londonchildrensballet.com
This year, London Children’s Ballet’s aspiring dancers will perform Ballet Shoes [pictured above]. It’s a book by Noel Streatfeild that I’ve read a few times, so I’m really looking forward to seeing their interpretation of it. A dance friend of mine is playing the part of Sylvia (Uncle Matthew’s niece). She says I’m in for another real treat this year, so I can’t wait!
Ballet Shoes by London Children’s Ballet, 4-7 Jul 2019
4 Jul 7pm (Ballet Shoes premiere gala performance); 5 Jul 6.30pm; 6 Jul 1.30pm & 5.30pm; 7 Jul 12.30pm & 4.30pm
Tickets from £14
The Peacock, Portugal St, WC2A 2HT | 020-7863 8222
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