The London Coliseum is the home of the English National Opera (ENO). With a total of 2,359 seats, the Coliseum is the largest theatre in London. Situated in the heart of the West End, the London Coliseum is conveniently located close to both Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square and is in close proximity to Charing Cross National Rail Station and a number of tube stations.
This beautiful theatre was designed by Frank Matcham for Sir Oswald Stoll. It opened in 1904 with a variety bill. Matcham aspired for the theatre to be the finest and largest ‘palace of entertainment’ for the people of its era. Wanting the theatre to be neither highbrow nor a music hall, Matcham sought a Theatre of Variety, with an opening slogan of ‘Pro Bono Publico’ – For the Public Good. Matcham’s ambitious building was built with a revolving stage.
In 1931 the theatre changed its name from the London Coliseum to the Coliseum. In 1968 the theatre reopened as the London Coliseum and was the home of Sadler’s Wells Opera. In 1974 Sadler’s Wells became the English National Opera and in 1992, the ENA bought the freehold of the theatre.
In 2000 the theatre underwent a detailed restoration, supported by numerous organisations, including the English Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Lottery through Arts Council England. During the four-year restoration, the auditorium and other public areas within the theatre were restored to their original Edwardian architectural and décor splendour. The restoration included the construction of an original staircase that Frank Matcham had planned but was never erected.
This spectacular building boasts the widest proscenium arch in London. It was also one of the first theatres to have electric lighting installed. Being 80 feet wide, the London Coliseum’s stage is the widest stage in London, the perfect setting for the many spectacular dance and performing arts acts that perform in this fabulous venue in the heart of the West End.
Coliseum theatre tickets in London:
To make a booking or to find ticket prices for Rigoletto, The Pirates of Penzance, The Winter’s Tale and Partenope at the Coliseum theatre, London, you can select your ticket preferences at the top of this page. To get further information on:
- Rigoletto (02 Feb – 28 Feb 2017), please click here.
- The Pirates of Penzance (09 Feb – 25 Mar 2017), please click here.
- The Winter’s Tale (27 Feb – 14 Mar 2017), please click here.
- Partenope (15 Mar – 24 Mar 2017), please click here.
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