Feix&Merlin have completed a refurbishment of the Peacock Theatre for the LSE and Sadler’s Wells.
The project involved the renovation of the external frontage of the building, and a full interior refurbishment, all designed to accommodate the theatre’s various functional requirements, from Sadler’s Wells’ theatre productions, to LSE’s lectures, events, and graduation ceremonies.
The refurbishment work had to be fitted around the theatre’s busy schedule which only allowed for a 3 week window each year for all works to take place, so the project has been phased.
The external works included a new fascia to the existing canopy incorporating new signage with integrated lighting, and a grid of theatre lights that were installed to the underside running from inside to out, creating a more dramatic sense of arrival. The existing timber doors and panelling were stained black and all of the ironmongery was replaced with new brass fittings. Associated advertising panels were upgraded, and existing external walls painted black to bring all of the previously disjointed elements together.
The internal works comprised of new floor and wall finishes throughout, new lighting, and custom designed furniture. A new reception desk, merchandise display counter and seating niche were created. A new light installation, featuring pendant lights designed by Feix&Merlin, was installed. The pendants form part of the Feix&Merlin product range that the studio has been developing. A new carpet was fitted throughout, featuring brass nosings on the stairs, and a graphic down the centre creating a runner from the entrance up to the reception desk. Balustrades were refurbished with new finishes, and existing elements like the geometric brass balustrades were made good and polished up celebrating the theatre’s original features.
ABOUT THE PEACOCK THEATRE
The Peacock Theatre is a theatre in the City of Westminster, located in Portugal Street, near Aldwych. The theatre is owned by, and comprises part of the London School of Economics and Political Science campus, who utilise the theatre for lectures, public talks, conferences, political speeches and open days. The university has an agreement with Sadler’s Wells which enables them to use it in the evenings and weekends for dance and theatrical productions under the banner ‘Sadler’s Wells in the West End’.
The London School of Economics (LSE) & Sadler's Wells