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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 latest booking period for Hairspray at London Coliseum started 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.

Così Fan Tutte is the current production at London Coliseum. The upcoming booking period for Così Fan Tutte at London Coliseum starts 10/03/2022 19:00:00 and runs until 22/03/2022 19:00:00. Tickets for Così Fan Tutte start at £12 and are available to book now.

La boheme is the current production at London Coliseum. The latest booking period for La boheme at London Coliseum started 26/11/2018 19:30:00 and runs until 27/02/2022 19:30:00. Tickets for La boheme start at £12 and are available to book now.

The Handmaid's Tale is the current production at London Coliseum. The upcoming booking period for The Handmaid's Tale at London Coliseum starts 04/04/2022 19:30:00 and runs until 14/04/2022 19:30:00. Tickets for The Handmaid's Tale start at £12 and are available to book now.

The Valkyrie is the current production at London Coliseum. The upcoming booking period for The Valkyrie at London Coliseum starts 19/11/2021 17:00:00 and runs until 10/12/2021 17:00:00. Tickets for The Valkyrie start at £12 and are available to book now.

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.

The Cunning Little Vixen is the current production at London Coliseum. The upcoming booking period for The Cunning Little Vixen at London Coliseum starts 18/02/2022 19:30:00 and runs until 01/03/2022 19:30:00. Tickets for The Cunning Little Vixen start at £12 and are available to book now.

Ballet Icons Gala 2021 Back on Stage - Celebration of Dance is the current production at London Coliseum. The upcoming booking period for Ballet Icons Gala 2021 Back on Stage - Celebration of Dance at London Coliseum starts 26/11/2021 19:00:00 and runs until 26/11/2021 19:00:00. Tickets for Ballet Icons Gala 2021 Back on Stage - Celebration of Dance start at £36 and are available to book now.

Satyagraha is the current production at London Coliseum. The latest booking period for Satyagraha at London Coliseum started 01/02/2018 19:00:00 and runs until 28/10/2021 19:00:00. Tickets for Satyagraha start at £12 and are available to book now.

HMS Pinafore is the current production at London Coliseum. The upcoming booking period for HMS Pinafore at London Coliseum starts 29/10/2021 19:00:00 and runs until 11/12/2021 19:30:00. Tickets for HMS Pinafore start at £12 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

OperaLucia di Lammermoor
4.410 reviews

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

DanceSwan Lake
4.8140 reviews

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

OperaThe Mastersingers of Nuremburg

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

OperaThe Indian Queen

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

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!


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

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!

DanceSwan Lake Reloaded

OperaDeath in Venice

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

DanceMen In Motion

DanceLe Corsaire
4.738 reviews

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

DanceIn The Steps Of Ballet Russes

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


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

DanceDiaghilev Festival of Ballet Gala

3.816 reviews

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


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

MusicalThe Glenn Miller Story
4.6164 reviews

Tommy Steele returns to the London Stage

OperaThe Magic Flute
4.354 reviews

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

4.52 reviews

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

DanceScheherazade & Chopiniana
3.77 reviews

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

OperaLa Traviata


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.

4.28 reviews

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

DanceThe Prince of the Pagodas

DanceLAC (After Swan Lake)

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


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


OperaPeace at Last

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

OperaThe Barber of Seville
4.821 reviews

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

OperaThe Pilgrim's Progress

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

DanceBallet Folklórico de México
5.01 reviews

DanceJane Eyre

DanceThe Ballet Icons Gala
5.03 reviews

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

OperaLa traviata
3.525 reviews

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


OperaThe Force Of Destiny
5.02 reviews

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

OperaThe Pirates of Penzance
3.811 reviews

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

DanceMidnight Express

Peter Schaufuss presents the UK Premiere of his acclaimed ballet

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.

MusicalNotre Dame de Paris
4.850 reviews

With music by Richard Cocciante and lyrics by Luc Plamondon.

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

DanceAgainst the Stream
5.04 reviews

A Gala Night performance presented by Ivan Putrov

OperaBenvenuto Cellini

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

4.961 reviews

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

DanceBoston Ballet

DanceSolo for Two

OperaMozart's Requiem

Mozart's Requiem at the London Coliseum



OperaDie Fledermaus

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

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

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

DanceEnglish National Ballet 70th Anniversary Gala
4.817 reviews

Help the ENB celebrate 70 years!

OperaMarvellous Miller

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

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

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.

DanceRussian Seasons of XXI Century

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

PlayComedy at the Coliseum

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

4.6157 reviews

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

DanceNutcracker Delights

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

DanceMen in Motion
2.18 reviews

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

DanceRoland Petit's Coppelia

DanceCarlos Acosta - A Classical Selection

DanceThe Sleeping Beauty
4.545 reviews

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

OperaShanghai Opera House: Thunderstorm
4.33 reviews

DanceChun Yi: The Legend Of Kung Fu

DanceLe Coq d'Or (The Golden Cockerel)

MusicalWhen You Believe: The Musical World of Stephen Schwartz

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

OperaLady Macbeth of Mtsensk
3.52 reviews

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

DanceThe Mikhailovsky Ballet

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?

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

OperaPeter Grimes

'A shattering evening of music theatre' Evening Standard

OperaWar Requiem
3.52 reviews

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

OperaThe Girl of the Golden West

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!


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

DanceHer Name Was Carmen
3.810 reviews

MusicalSweeney Todd

Starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel

OperaThe Merry Widow
4.138 reviews

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


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

3.554 reviews

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

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

OperaThe Pearl Fishers
4.513 reviews

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


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?

DanceIrina Kolesnikova London Season: La Bayadère


DanceModanse starring Svetlana Zakharova
4.05 reviews

Modanse starring Svetlana Zakharova at the London Coliseum this December

OperaENO Summer Gala

OperaThe Gospel According to the Other Mary

4.39 reviews

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

MusicalThe Pirate Queen: A Charity Concert
4.06 reviews

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

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.

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.

DanceCarmina Burana & Serenade

DanceDiana Vishneva: On The Edge

DanceDiaghilev Festival of Ballet: Programme 1


OperaLuisa Miller
3.97 reviews

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

ConcertSymphonic Beatles
2.73 reviews


4.03 reviews

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

OperaOrpheus in the Underworld
4.424 reviews

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


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

4.611 reviews

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

DanceAnna Karenina


DanceSwan Lake
4.99 reviews

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

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

OperaThe Mikado
4.550 reviews

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

4.6311 reviews

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

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!

4.948 reviews

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

OperaThe Queen Of Spades
3.01 reviews

A new production of Tchaikovsky's powerfully dark masterpiece

DanceLos Vivancos

OperaThe Magic Flute
4.615 reviews

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

OperaThe Winter’s Tale

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

DanceLa Sylphide
5.01 reviews

OperaPrince Igor

OperaDon Giovanni
2.52 reviews

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

DanceRadio & Juliet | Faun | MсGregor + Mugler
4.65 reviews

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

OperaTristan and Isolde
3.01 reviews

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.

MusicalKiss Me, Kate
4.847 reviews

Don't miss this strictly limited 12 show run!

DanceShanghai Ballet Company: Echoes of Eternity
5.01 reviews

DanceOti Mabuse - I Am Here

World renowned dancer Oti Mabuse brings her new show I Am Here to the London Coliseum for one night only!