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First refurb for West End’s Peacock Theatre in 50 years

Architects impressions of the Peacock theatre's refurbished exterior
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The Peacock Theatre in London’s West End is to undergo its first refurbishment work in 50 years.

The building, which is used by Sadler’s Wells and visiting companies for live performance, and the London School of Economics for lectures and events, is in “desperate need of a design refresh”, according to an LSE spokesman.

Upgrades to the venue will include remodelled bars, improvements to the main stairway, and a revamped foyer. Architects Feix and Merlin will carry out the design work.

The company’s co-founder Tarek Merlin described the theatre’s interior as a “hotch-potch” of different styles added over time, and said: “Our aim, principally, is to bring all of that together and create a coherent interior that combines the drama and theatre of Sadler’s Wells performances with the perhaps more serious events that LSE put on.”

He also said the theatre’s exterior “lacked a sense of presence at the street level”, and would be given new signs and lights to give “a better sense of arrival”.

The refurbishment can only take place during the theatre’s annual four-week closure each August, and will continue in phases each summer until the redesign is complete.

Costings for the work at the venue have not been disclosed.

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