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London Coliseum

33 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4ES


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The London Coliseum Theatre (also known as the Coliseum Theatre) is a West End theatre on St. Martin's Lane, in central London. The theatre opened on December 24, 1904 as the London Coliseum Theatre of Varieties and was designed by architect Frank Matcham for Sir Oswald Stoll with the ambition of being the largest and finest ‘People’s palace of entertainment’ of the age. Frank Matcham also designed the London Palladium.

With 2,359 seats The London Coliseum Theatre is the largest theatre in London. It underwent extensive renovations between 2000 and 2004 when an original staircase planned by Frank Matcham was finally put in to his specifications. The theatre changed its name from the London Coliseum to the Coliseum Theatre between 1931 and 1968. During the Seond World War, the Coliseum served as a canteen for Air Raid Patrol workers, and Winston Churchill gave a speech from the stage. After 1945 the theatre was mainly used for American musicals before becoming a cinema in 1961, remaining so for seven years.  In 1968 it reopened as The London Coliseum Theatre, home of Sadler’s Wells Opera. In 1974 Sadler’s Wells became English National Opera and the Company bought the freehold of the building for £12.8 million in 1992. The London Coliseum Theatre underwent a complete and detailed restoration from 2000 which was supported by National Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, The National Lottery through Arts Council England, and a number of generous trust and individual donors.The auditorium and other public areas were returned to their original Edwardian decoration and new public spaces were created. The theatre re-opened in 2004.

The London Coliseum has the widest proscenium arch in London (55 feet wide and 34 feet high – the stage is 80 feet wide, with a throw of over 115 feet from the stage to the back of the balcony) and was one of the first theatres to have electric lighting. It was built with a revolving stage which consisted of three concentric rings and was 75 feet cross in total and cost Stoll £70,000. A range of modern features included electric lifts for patrons, a roof garden and an Information Bureau in which anyone expecting urgent telephone calls or telegrams could leave their seat numbers and be immediately informed if required. 

English National Opera is the full time producing company at The London Coliseum, presenting a uniquely wide range of opera with an emphasis on theatricality, originality and quality. All ENO productions are sung in English and surtitled.

Acknowledged internationally for its award-winning work, English National Opera is a creative and vibrant home for compelling theatrical productions staged by imaginative artists from the worlds of opera, theatre, dance, film and the visual arts and performed by the leading British and international singers and conductors of the day.

Each Season ENO produces a high proportion of new productions, some in close collaboration with international partners such as the Metropolitan Opera, New York, ensuring that new work is regularly presented to international audiences. With a strong commitment to contemporary opera and an emphasis on nurturing and developing British talent, ENO continues to invest in the future and reach out to new audiences. Affordable tickets, membership schemes, learning progrmmes and innovative online content help us develop and extend audiences for opera.

ENO is the largest employer in UK opera of British talent and has close associations with many major British singing actors. A number of ENO initiatives including Opera Works, the Young Singers Programme and ENO Evolve help develop young British talent.

For a full list of current London opera, visit our Opera page.


The London Coliseum has the largest capacity of any London theatre with 2,359 seats across 4 levels: Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle, and Balcony.
London Coliseum Seating Plan

Hairspray is the current production at London Coliseum. The upcoming booking period for Hairspray at London Coliseum starts 21/06/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 29/09/2021 19:30:00. Tickets for Hairspray start at £21 and are available to book now.

Nutcracker is the current production at London Coliseum. The latest booking period for Nutcracker at London Coliseum started 02/01/2018 19:30:00 and runs until 08/01/2022 19:30:00. Tickets for Nutcracker start at £18 and are available to book now.

Oti Mabuse - I Am Here is the current production at London Coliseum.

Raymonda is the current production at London Coliseum. The upcoming booking period for Raymonda at London Coliseum starts 13/01/2022 19:30:00 and runs until 23/01/2022 14:00:00. Tickets for Raymonda start at £18 and are available to book now.

Public transportation is recommended. The nearest underground station to The London Coliseum is Leicester Square Station (Northern/Piccadilly Lines). Charing Cross Station (Bakerloo/ Northern Lines) is also quite close the London Coliseum. If arriving by train the nearest railway station is Charing Cross. The theatre is serviced by bus lines 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 87, 91, 139, and from St. Martin’s Place (Stop K) and Bedford Street (Stop J). The nearest car park to The Duke of York’s Theatre is the NCP car park at London St Martins Lane Hotel.

Past Events

MusicalSunset Boulevard
4.5286 reviews

Glenn Close, in her West End debut, reprises her Tony-Award winning role as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard at the ENO.

OperaThe Magic Flute
4.615 reviews

Magical comedy and spellbinding adventure – ENO’s five-star production returns

DancePush

OperaTosca
4.28 reviews

When passion and politics collide, love can prove a fatal weakness...

OperaFidelio

Calixto Bieito's new production of Beethoven's only opera

DanceDiana Vishneva: On The Edge

DanceArdani 25 Dance Gala

Ardani 25 Dance Gala features an all-star line-up which includes Natalia Osipova, Edward Watson, Ivan Vasiliev and Marcelo Gomes

OperaOrpheus & Eurydice
3.89 reviews

Orpheus & Eurydice is set to run at the London Coliseum this autumn as part of a special Orpheus-themed ENO season!

MusicalChess
4.6157 reviews

Michael Ball and Alexandra Burke star in the West End return of Chess!

OperaPartenope

One woman, four suitors? Love's complicated enough when it's a game for two...

OperaThe Magic Flute
4.354 reviews

Simon McBurney’s five-star production of Mozart classic The Magic Flute returns to ENO.

OperaPrince Igor

DanceLos Vivancos

OperaLa traviata
3.525 reviews

Violetta surrenders her place in society to pursue love. But a stranger's visit threatens to destroy everything.

OperaPeter Grimes

'A shattering evening of music theatre' Evening Standard

DanceLe Corsaire
4.738 reviews

English National Ballet performs this swashbuckling classic for a limited engagement at the Coliseum.

OperaOrphée
4.03 reviews

Phillip Glass opera Orphée heads to the London Coliseum this November.

ConcertFriday Night is Music Night Celebrates David Bowie
5.03 reviews

Broadway superstar Tony Vincent pays tribute to the late pop idol David Bowie live on the London Coliseum stage

OperaThe Barber of Seville
4.821 reviews

'Sparkles with wit and high spirits' -- The Daily Express

DanceLAC (After Swan Lake)

OperaThe Girl of the Golden West

OperaJack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel
3.420 reviews

The world premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel comes to ENO

DanceDiaghilev Festival of Ballet Gala

MusicalKiss Me, Kate
4.847 reviews

Don't miss this strictly limited 12 show run!

OperaCarmen
3.554 reviews

Calixto Bieito’s acclaimed production of Carmen, a must-see opera, returns to the ENO in winter 2020.

PlayComedy at the Coliseum

Four popular comedians take to the stage at London's Coliseum for a one-off late-night comic spectacular!

DanceThe Sleeping Beauty
4.545 reviews

Kenneth MacMillan’s fairy tale classic The Sleeping Beauty presented by the English National Ballet

OperaThe Gospel According to the Other Mary

OperaThe Marriage of Figaro
4.413 reviews

Figaro’s marriage is becoming a merry-go-round. Can they get off before it’s too late?

ConcertDrag! Live at the London Coliseum

For the first time in West End herstory, drag is taking over the London Coliseum for one night only!

OperaRusalka

Dvořák's Czech opera Rusalka based on fairy tales by Božena Němcová and Karel Jaromír Erben heads to the Coliseum in a rare London staging.

OperaXerxes

ConcertFriday Night is Music Night: 80's Classical
4.52 reviews

The best of the 80s and the BBC Concert Orchestra come together

DanceThe Mikhailovsky Ballet

OperaLucia di Lammermoor
4.410 reviews

Love. Honour. Obey. Lucia di Lammermoor returns to the ENO after 8 years.

DanceHer Name Was Carmen
3.810 reviews

DanceBallet Folklórico de México
5.01 reviews

MusicalNotre Dame de Paris
4.850 reviews

With music by Richard Cocciante and lyrics by Luc Plamondon.

DanceCarmina Burana & Serenade

DanceRodin

DanceSwan Lake Reloaded

OperaENO Summer Gala

OperaA Midsummer Night's Dream
2.03 reviews

Confused couples, lopsided loyalties and a terrible case of mistaken identity. Falling in love can make you lose your head.

OperaIolanthe
4.611 reviews

The peers are getting restless and the fairies are in a frenzy. Can the Fairy Queen call Parliament to order?

DanceRussian Seasons of XXI Century

OperaMarvellous Miller

Come and help support a good cause - 40th Anniversary of Jonathan Miller at the ENO!

OperaNorma
4.52 reviews

Bellini's passionate masterpiece with a devastating love triangle at its heart.

ConcertSymphonic Beatles
2.73 reviews

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DanceScheherazade & Chopiniana
3.77 reviews

The Abay Kazakh State Opera and Ballet Theatre present Scheherazade and Chopiniana.

MusicalMan of La Mancha
4.3400 reviews

Michael Linnit and Michael Grade in collaboration with English National Opera presents Kelsey Grammer in Man of La Mancha

OperaLa Traviata

DanceAgainst the Stream
5.04 reviews

A Gala Night performance presented by Ivan Putrov

ConcertPhantom of the Opera - The Roy Budd score
4.84 reviews

“Roy Budd’s Phantom Of The Opera score is a masterpiece of film scoring.” John Mansell

OperaBenvenuto Cellini

Terry Gilliam returns to ENO to bring his unique theatrical vision to Berlioz’s vibrant opera

DanceEnglish National Ballet 70th Anniversary Gala
4.817 reviews

Help the ENB celebrate 70 years!

OperaRodelinda

Caught in a power play that could break a marriage and steal a throne, can Rodelinda stay true to love?

DanceSergei Danilian presents Kings of the Dance

OperaMozart's Requiem

Mozart's Requiem at the London Coliseum

OperaDie Fledermaus

Johann Strauss's classic operetta in a new production from Christoper Alden

OperaTristan and Isolde
3.01 reviews

OperaCosì Fan Tutte

'Full of thrills and spills... a rollercoaster of a production' Evening Standard

OperaWar Requiem
3.52 reviews

ENO brings one of the greatest choral works of the twentieth century to London's West End.

DanceCarlos Acosta - A Classical Selection

DanceDiaghilev Festival of Ballet: Programme 1

OperaThe Indian Queen

Peter Sellars directs an exciting new production of Purcell’s final opera

DanceShanghai Ballet Company: Echoes of Eternity
5.01 reviews

OperaLa boheme
4.453 reviews

Jonathan Miller’s classic production of La boheme returns to ENO

MusicalSweeney Todd

Starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel

OperaThe Queen Of Spades
3.01 reviews

A new production of Tchaikovsky's powerfully dark masterpiece

MusicalWhen You Believe: The Musical World of Stephen Schwartz

A host of stars and the BBC Concert Orchestra celebrate the extraordinary songwriter Stephen Schwartz.

OperaOtello

OperaThe Force Of Destiny
5.02 reviews

An action-packed drama of passion, war, honour and vengeance

OperaAkhnaten
4.39 reviews

Phelim McDermott‘s Olivier Award-winning production of Philip Glass‘s Akhnaten returns to the ENO

DanceRoland Petit's Coppelia

DanceMidnight Express

Peter Schaufuss presents the UK Premiere of his acclaimed ballet

OperaWozzeck

New production of Berg's masterpiece, directed by Carrie Cracknell

OperaLuisa Miller
3.97 reviews

Verdi's highly refined and artistic opera Luisa Miller has come to London's Coliseum

DanceAnna Karenina

DanceNutcracker Delights

Enchanting ballet treats for the festive season. Unwrap your Nutcracker Delights today!

DanceNapoletango

OperaThe Pirates of Penzance
3.811 reviews

Pitiful pirates, blundering bobbies, and a fully grown five-year-old. It's all absurdly enjoyable!

OperaThe Winter’s Tale

When jealousy tears a family apart, can love redeem all? Perhaps, when winter turns to spring.

DanceLe Jeune Homme et la Mort / La Sylphide
4.715 reviews

Hope turns to despair, love to betrayal and infatuation to tragedy in English National Ballet’s new double bill.

MusicalThe Pirate Queen: A Charity Concert
4.06 reviews

An epic and timeless story from the creators of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.

OperaShanghai Opera House: Thunderstorm
4.33 reviews

DanceIrina Kolesnikova London Season: La Bayadère

DanceSwan Lake
4.8140 reviews

See the timeless ballet classics in the famed English National Ballet production this winter.

OperaThe Merry Widow
4.138 reviews

The Merry Widow is Franz Lehár‘s comic masterpiece, played out in a stream of memorable melodies.

DanceIn The Steps Of Ballet Russes

'Ballets Russes… the most sensual, daring and fashionable dance company in the world…' -- The Daily Telegraph

DanceModanse starring Svetlana Zakharova
4.05 reviews

Modanse starring Svetlana Zakharova at the London Coliseum this December

DanceBoston Ballet

DanceLa Sylphide
5.01 reviews

DanceManon
4.961 reviews

Kenneth MacMillan’s full-blooded ballet of love, decadence and passion.

OperaThe Mask of Orpheus
3.26 reviews

Harrison Birtwistle's The Mask of Orpheus opera returns to London's West End after over 30 years.

DanceRadio & Juliet | Faun | MсGregor + Mugler
4.65 reviews

A thrilling triple bill featuring a groundbreaking collaboration between McGregor and Mugler.

DanceThe Prince of the Pagodas

OperaPeace at Last

OperaUpClose and ENO present Peace at Last at the London Coliseum.

OperaOrpheus in the Underworld
4.424 reviews

Orpheus in the Underworld is set to open at the ENO London Coliseum this autumn!

OperaMedea

Sarah Connolly takes the title role in a new production of Charpentier's Opera

DanceCoppélia

OperaThe Pearl Fishers
4.513 reviews

Two friends love the same mysterious woman. Will turmoil follow in her wake?

OperaLulu

"Beautiful. Damaged. Seductive. Lethal. Lulu's whoever you want her to be..."

DanceGiselle
4.948 reviews

A haunting story of innocence and betrayal, a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love.

OperaSatyagraha
3.58 reviews

With an idea, Gandhi founded a movement. With a movement, he created a nation. With a nation, he changed the course of history.

OperaRigoletto
3.816 reviews

Everyone loves Rigoletto's razor-sharp wit. But this time, it's really drawn blood...

DanceThe Ballet Icons Gala
5.03 reviews

World class dancers from the best companies in the world in a one night gala performance

OperaThe Pilgrim's Progress

DanceSwan Lake
4.99 reviews

The famed Swan Lake, performed by St. Petersburg Ballet, will certainly be a ballet event of the season.

OperaDeath in Venice

Deborah Warner’s production of Britten’s final opera celebrates the composer’s centenary year

DanceAmore / Svetlana Zakharova
4.722 reviews

Prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia and étoile of La Scala, Svetlana Zakharova brings her new project Amore to the West End

OperaThe Mikado
4.550 reviews

Wit, charm and catchy tunes in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Mikado

OperaThebans

OperaLady Macbeth of Mtsensk
3.52 reviews

A bored merchant’s wife seeks solace and excitement in an extra-marital affair, with tragic consequences

OperaJenufa

DanceChun Yi: The Legend Of Kung Fu

DanceMen In Motion

OperaThe Perfect American

Phelim McDermott returns to ENO to direct the UK premiere of Philip Glass’s story of the final years of Walt Disney’s life

OperaThe Mastersingers of Nuremburg

‘A peerless take on Wagner’s great comedy’ Daily Telegraph

OperaDon Giovanni
2.52 reviews

"To be seen by him is to be seduced. But time is running out for Giovanni..."

DanceSolo for Two

DanceJane Eyre

DanceLe Coq d'Or (The Golden Cockerel)

OperaPorgy and Bess
4.546 reviews

When a figure from her dark past returns, will her new life with Porgy be enough to save Bess from herself?

DanceUp & Down
4.515 reviews

One of the top ballet events of this year, Up & Down brings Francis Scott Fitzgerald's prose on stage - with unmissable charm

MusicalOn Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan
4.6583 reviews

On Your Feet! congas its way to London's West End for a fun-filled summer of Gloria Estefan's greatest hits!

MusicalThe Glenn Miller Story
4.6164 reviews

Tommy Steele returns to the London Stage

OperaMarnie

Daughter. Liar. Wife. Thief. She has been running for so long, no one knows the real Marnie, least of all herself.

DanceMen in Motion
2.18 reviews

Ivan Putrov’s celebration of the male dancer returns for two nights only.

OperaMadam Butterfly
4.1143 reviews

Giacomo Puccini's world-famous opera Madam Butterfly is set to make its way to London's Coliseum in 2020!

MusicalCarousel
4.6311 reviews

Superstars Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe lead the cast of the brand new West End production of ENO's Carousel!

DanceSong of the Earth / La Sylphide
4.418 reviews

ENO presents a magical double bill Song of the Earth/La Sylphide, performed for the first time in the UK.