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London Coliseum

London Coliseum

Address:
London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London
WC2N 4ES

Directions:

(3mins) Take Cranbourn Street until St Martin’s Lane, where you head right until you reach the theatre.

Please note: the location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.

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Carmen

Carmen

She creates a hunger in men.
But will it now consume her? Carmen is a searing depiction of a woman who craves love, but creates obsession and jealousy. One of the most popular operas ever written, Bizet’s score is bursting with passionate melodies and includes such famous numbers as the ‘Habanera’, ‘Toreador’s Song’ and ‘Flower Song’.

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Hairspray

Hairspray

Look who’s back! Don’t miss Michael Ball reprising his Olivier Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray the Musical. The huge-hearted, smash-hit musical arrives at the magnificent London Coliseum from next April for a strictly limited 12-week season.

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Rusalka

Rusalka

Dvořák’s best-loved opera, Rusalka is inspired by myths and folk-tales about a water-nymph that chooses to become human to win her Prince. The opera displays Dvořák’s exceptional gift for melody and orchestration and features the beautiful aria ‘Song to the Moon’.

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Madam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly

A tender kiss can conceal the hardest of hearts. Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning production returns to the London Coliseum. His staging combines cinematic images and traditional Japanese theatre.

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Nutcracker - English National Ballet

Nutcracker - English National Ballet

Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s popular score played live. On a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world, where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins. From the sound of the orchestra tuning up, to the final bows and cheers, a trip to see the English National Ballet at the London Coliseum is an unforgettable Christmas treat.

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Le Corsaire - English National Ballet

Le Corsaire - English National Ballet

Travel to a faraway land for the adventures of a dashing pirate, Conrad, and his feisty girlfriend Medora. Will they outfox villainous schemers and find happiness on the high seas? English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire is “hugely enjoyable entertainment” (The Daily Telegraph). Expect a swashbuckling romp, full of thrilling dancing by an extraordinary cast of performers, with gorgeous decors and costumes created by Hollywood’s Bob Ringwood, all set to a romantic score played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. English National Ballet is the only UK company to perform this classic story ballet. Their extravagant production, staged by Anna-Marie Holmes, has enthralled audiences and received rave reviews worldwide, including Paris and Tokyo. It returns to the London Coliseum following glorious performances in 2016.

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The Mikado

The Mikado

Gilbert & Sullivan’s topsy-turvy story focuses on the unfolding love between Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum and the absurdity of laws and law-makers.
Nanki-Poo loves Yum-Yum but she’s betrothed to Ko-Ko, the new Lord High Executioner. When the Mikado orders a beheading, Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko try to come to an arrangement that doesn’t involve anyone losing their head!

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The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s comedy is a whirlwind of mistaken identities and twists and turns, taking place on a single crazy day – the wedding day of Figaro and Susanna. When their philandering master, Count Almaviva, is determined to bed Susanna before she is wed, Figaro and Susanna conspire with the rejected Countess to outwit him. General mayhem ensues, ending with the Count receiving a lesson in marital fidelity he’ll never forget. From the first notes of the bustling Overture, Mozart’s psychologically complex story portrays the women as wiser, shrewder and more civilised than the men.

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On Your Feet!

On Your Feet!

Her voice. His vision. Their story. Gloria and Emilio Estefan's smash-hit musical comes to London direct from Broadway for a strictly limited season. On Your Feet! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom.

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Orpheus in the Underworld

Orpheus in the Underworld

Orpheus in the Underworld transports us to a hedonistic, party-filled Underworld. Eurydice is fooled into taking Pluto, ruler of the Underworld, as her lover after her new marriage to Orpheus is broken through tragedy. Orpheus must try to win his wife back to him. To achieve the impossible he needs the help of the glamorous, conceited but rather bored gods…

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The Mask of Orpheus

The Mask of Orpheus

Harrison Birtwistle’s iconic masterpiece retells the Orpheus myth in a non-linear narrative, as the opera’s leading characters appear in three distinct guises. The Mask of Orpheus is scored for massive orchestral forces, which builds into a three dimensional picture that leads us from inconsolable grief to acceptance and transformation.

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Orpheus & Eurydice

Orpheus & Eurydice

Willing to go to any lengths to be reunited with his one true love, the gods agree to let the grief-stricken Orpheus rescue his wife Eurydice from the underworld. But there’s a catch. To be together again, Orpheus can’t look back at Eurydice, or she will be lost to him forever. Gluck’s score is filled with sublime melody and richly colourful orchestral writing from Orpheus’s anguished outbursts at Eurydice’s death, through to the exquisite classical beauty of the ‘Dance of the Blessed Spirits’.

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Luisa Miller

Luisa Miller

Shattering childhood dreams can break a life.

Verdi’s Luisa Miller is a complex web of love, intrigue and oppressive familial relationships, centred on the doomed love between Luisa and Rodolfo.

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Orphee

Orphee

Don’t hide within yourself. Let love save you. Following Satyagraha and the Olivier Award-winning Akhnaten, ENO’s association with Philip Glass continues with a new production of Orphée.

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Scheherazade / Chopiniana

Scheherazade / Chopiniana

Kazakhstan’s oldest theatre, the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, is embarking on major international tours during the 2019/20 season and making its UK debut with the one-act ballets Scheherazade and Chopiniana. Since its establishment in 1934, this theatre has been associated with an array of Russian and international icons, including the great ballet dancer Galina Ulanova, composer Sergey Prokofiev and opera star Larisa Aleksandrovskaya. Over the years, it has promoted its cultural heritage with Kazakh operas and ballets and has staged masterpieces of Russian and Western European repertoire.

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London Coliseum Information

Getting There

If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:

Brewer Street
Brewer Street, London, W1F 0LA

Covent Garden
Parker Street, Parker Mews, London, WC2B 5NT

Shaftesbury
Selkirk House, Museum Street, London, WC1A 1JP

You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/

However, you can participate in the Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme and get 50% off your parking costs by validating your parking ticket in the foyer at the theatre.

For more information on Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme either call +44 (0)870 442 0104 or visit Q-Parks website http://www.q-park.co.uk/theatreland

The closest participating car park for the London Coliseum is at 20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR. The rates for this car park are £6.50 per hour, up to 4 hours, and after that it is £38 for up to 24 hours.

Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.

Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

Additional Information

The opening times for the box office are 10.00am to 8.00pm on performance days and 10.00am to 6.00pm on non-performance days.

You can dine at the venue – the American Bar Restaurant – you can book your table, enjoy your pre-theatre dinner (or at least the first 2 courses) and then mid-theatre pudding, in the interval!

With a choice of 3 bars; Veuve Clicquot Bar for champagne; Hunter's Bar for a choice of New Zealand wines; and Sky Bar at the top, with amazing city views. You can also enjoy a range of snacks and sandwiches from these locations.

If you are looking for something a little more exclusive, why not book a box and choose from a range of hampers, including red or white wines?

Private parties can also be catered for by reserving a private room and take advantage of the full dining service available.

There are also opportunities to hire space for company functions at the theatre, see below for additional information – contact the venue direct for details of this.

Access Scheme

If you are entitled, you can join the ENO access scheme. Membership provides the opportunity to purchase half-price tickets (subject to conditions and availability), free newsletter and priority bookings. For more details, contact the ENO on access@eno.org

Access

Wheelchair users are catered for with spaces in the stalls, dress circle and stalls boxes. Transfer seats are also available in the dress circle and balcony. There are adapted toilets on 4 levels – basement, stalls, dress circle and balcony. The lifts provide wheelchair access to the bars & restaurants and most other levels. Wheelchair spaces should be booked direct with the theatre.

Sound Loop

There is a sound system available for deaf or hard of hearing patrons, and this should be requested at the information desk in the foyer.

There are frequently sign language-interpreted performances. For specific details of these special performances, please contact the theatre for details.

In The Area

Cash/ATM - HSBC at 455 Strand (approx. 7 min walk); Barclays cash machine at Eurochange on Coventry Street (approx. 6 min walk); Nat West at 440 Strand (approx. 4 min walk); Lloyds at 49-50 Strand (approx. 3 min walk).

Eating – There is a wide choice of eateries in the immediate vicinity of the theatre, including Garfunkels, The Lemon Tree, Spaghetti House, Les Deux Salons and Hazuki.

Drinking – The Marquis on Chandos Place offers an old time boozer!; whilst The Harp, also on Chandos Place, offers ciders and real ales on tap. For coffee, Notes on St Martins Lane offers coffee with pastries & pies, with Caffe Nero just up the road.

Venue Hire

The London Coliseum is located in “Theatreland”, and is very close to Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square and as such has great public transport links with both tube and national rail stations.

The venue has the widest stage in London and therefore provides a brilliant stage for dance and performing arts. At times when the ENO is not performing the venue can be hired. Provision of additional services/areas such as the dressing rooms, ticketing and event promotion.

Alternatively, it is possible to hire private rooms at the venue. These rooms can be suitable for receptions, dinners and meetings.

Please contact the venue direct for more details of venue hire.

History

Sir Oswald Stoll wanted the London Coliseum to be a venue for a variety of entertainment; not just a theatre, not just a music hall, and certainly for the people – the theatre's slogan was “Pro Bono Publico” – for the public good. It was designed by Frank Matcham to reflect these wishes. In 1960 the building was given English Heritage listed status.

Opened in 1904, the first performance too place on Christmas Eve in 1904. This was a variety bill, again reflecting the wishes of Sir Oswald.

Seating for 2,359 makes the Coliseum the largest of London's theatres. Along the way renovations have taken place and an original staircase that was planned in the original architecture was finally placed. As with most of London's theatres the venue underwent a name change, from London Coliseum to Coliseum Theatre for a period of 37 years between 1931 and 1968. The Second World War saw the venue used as a canteen for Air Raid Patrol workers and a stage for Winston Churchill to make a speech. From 1945 the productions were mostly musicals from American, through to 1961 when it became a cinema until reopening in 1968 as the home of the Sadlers Wells Opera, under the name of The London Coliseum.

Support by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, and a number of other generous trust and individual donations meant that a comprehensive restoration took place from 2000. At this time there were several areas that were returned to their original state, together with new spaces which were created. This restoration was completed in 2004.

Performances at the London Coliseum include Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, the Royal Variety Performance. It is, of course, also the London home for performances by the English National Ballet.