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London Coliseum

St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES GB

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Tosca tickets Opens 27 Aug 2021 Opens 27 August 2021 Tosca
Tosca

London Coliseum

Tosca is a roller coaster story of love, lust, murder and political intrigue. With its dramatic story line and Puccini’s richly romantic score, it is one of the world’s best loved operas.
  • Opens: Friday, 27 August 2021
    Booking until: Sunday, 29 August 2021
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Hairspray tickets Now Open Hairspray
Hairspray

London Coliseum

4.9/5 - based on 14 reviews - (Read reviews) 4.9 14 reviews Tickets from £21.00
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Hairspray is a musical from the USA, inspired by the 1988 smash hit film. The music is by Marc Shaiman, and the lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. It's a magical feast of 1960s-style music and rhythm and blues tunes, and it's guaranteed to get your feet tapping at the magnificent London Coliseum. It's on from April 2020, and the anticipation is mounting fast!

  • Booking until: Thursday, 30 September 2021
  • Starring: Michael Ball, Les Dennis, Lizzie Bea, Marisha Wallace
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Satyagraha tickets Opens 14 Oct 2021 Opens 14 October 2021 Satyagraha
Satyagraha

London Coliseum

Tickets from £12.00
With an idea, Gandhi founded a movement. With a movement, he created a nation. With a nation, he changed the course of history. Philip Glass’s meditation on Gandhi’s early years in South Africa traces the progress of his concept of non-violent protest as a positive force for change.
  • Opens: Thursday, 14 October 2021
    Booking until: Thursday, 28 October 2021
  • Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Valkyrie tickets Opens 19 Nov 2021 Opens 19 November 2021 The Valkyrie
The Valkyrie

London Coliseum

Tickets from £12.00
The seeds of a final apocalypse are sown in Wagner’s epic opera as the earth is plunged into conflict by scheming Gods in their search for power. Set against the rich landscape of Norse mythology, a man pursued and a woman in love create a devastating dispute between father and daughter.
  • Opens: Friday, 19 November 2021
    Booking until: Friday, 10 December 2021
The Valkyrie tickets
HMS Pinafore tickets Opens 29 Oct 2021 Opens 29 October 2021 HMS Pinafore
HMS Pinafore

London Coliseum

Tickets from £12.00
A clueless Captain, a spirited siren and pompous petty officers. No wonder they’re all at sea. Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera HMS Pinafore is a hilarious tale of love, honour and duty.
  • Opens: Friday, 29 October 2021
    Booking until: Saturday, 11 December 2021
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The Nutcracker - English National Ballet tickets Opens 16 Dec 2021 Opens 16 December 2021 The Nutcracker - English National Ballet
The Nutcracker - English National Ballet

London Coliseum

4.4/5 - based on 40 reviews - (Read reviews) 4.4 40 reviews Tickets from £18.00
The brilliant English National Ballet has delighted us with a dazzling version of Nutcracker every single year since 1950. This year is no different. The production promises to be just as magical as ever, starring more than 100 dancers and musicians who bring the story to life. Welcome to the classic fairytale, perfectly enhanced by the classical composer Tchaikovsky’s fantastic score.
  • Opens: Thursday, 16 December 2021
    Booking until: Saturday, 8 January 2022
  • Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes
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Raymonda tickets Opens 13 Jan 2022 Opens 13 January 2022 Raymonda
Raymonda

London Coliseum

Tickets from £18.00
You want to immerse yourself in a fascinating story of love and courage in wartime. You adore ballet. This is a perfect match, inspired by the extraordinary spirit of Florence Nightingale and the brave nurses who joined her to treat the men wounded on the filthy battlefields of the Crimean war. Welcome to Tamara Rojo's Raymonda.
  • Opens: Thursday, 13 January 2022
    Booking until: Sunday, 23 January 2022
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La Boheme - English National Opera tickets Opens 31 Jan 2022 Opens 31 January 2022 La Boheme - English National Opera
La Boheme - English National Opera

London Coliseum

4.4/5 - based on 8 reviews - (Read reviews) 4.4 8 reviews Tickets from £14.30
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Mimì and Rodolfo's passion burns with a brilliant flame. But when Mimì falls ill it meets the cold, hard light of day. In a city of lights, can love eclipse Death itself?
  • Opens: Monday, 31 January 2022
    Booking until: Sunday, 27 February 2022
  • Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes
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The Cunning Little Vixen tickets Opens 18 Feb 2022 Opens 18 February 2022 The Cunning Little Vixen
The Cunning Little Vixen

London Coliseum

Tickets from £12.00
  • Opens: Friday, 18 February 2022
    Booking until: Tuesday, 1 March 2022
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Cosi Fan Tutte tickets Opens 10 Mar 2022 Opens 10 March 2022 Cosi Fan Tutte
Cosi Fan Tutte

London Coliseum

4.5/5 - based on 2 reviews - (Read reviews) 4.5 2 reviews Tickets from £12.00
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In Mozart’s comic masterpiece, sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella are enjoying a holiday in Coney Island with their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo. However, the fairground is a place where anything can happen – and its manipulative master, Don Alfonso, has a game to play with the lovers…
  • Opens: Thursday, 10 March 2022
    Booking until: Tuesday, 22 March 2022
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The Handmaid's Tale tickets Opens 4 Apr 2022 Opens 4 April 2022 The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale

London Coliseum

Tickets from £12.00
Based on Margaret Atwood’s seminal novel, Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale plunges us into the Republic of Gilead, where women have been entirely stripped of their rights and freedoms.
  • Opens: Monday, 4 April 2022
    Booking until: Thursday, 14 April 2022
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London Coliseum Facilities

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

London Coliseum Access Tickets

Disabled theatregoers and their carers can get discount tickets. Please phone the London Coliseum access line on 020 7845 9300.

London Coliseum Location

Travel Information

Nearest Tube station
  • Leicester Square
  • Covent Garden
Nearest Rail Station
  • Charing Cross
Tube lines
  • Northern
  • Piccadilly
Day buses
  • 24, 29, 176 / 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night buses
  • 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279 / 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
London Coliseum history

From the outside

The London Coliseum Theatre is a landmark on St Martin’s Lane with its enormous tower and grand exterior. The home of the English National Opera company, it has unusually shallow balconies so you enjoy amazing unimpeded stage views. The theatre’s impressive life-size sculptures of charioteers make the interior a splendid feast for the eyes.

London Coliseum Theatre architecture and history

The London Coliseum was designed by Frank Matcham for Sir Oswald Stoll. Built in 1904 specifically as a venue for variety shows, a ‘people’s theatre’, it had a very broad appeal at the time. A record breaking size, it had more than 2,300 seats and amazingly luxurious facilities. It features London’s widest proscenium arch, a massive 55 feet wide and 34 feet high. The stage is enormous too, at 80 feet wide. One of the earliest West End theatres to feature clean, relatively safe electric lighting, its impressive revolving stage was only rarely used despite costing a massive £70,000.

It was famous for its revolutionary modern features, which included electric lifts, a beautiful roof garden and a unique Information Bureau, where doctors and important people could take calls. Sadly the huge initial investment didn’t pay off and the venue shut its doors only two years later.

In 1907 it reopened to enjoy a successful run of variety shows until the 1930s, at which point film revolutionised entertainment and it changed its name to the Coliseum Theatre. The venue hosted a number of popular musicals, ballets and pantomimes, including a bunch of stateside hits from the USA: Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate and Guys and Dolls hit the big time in the ‘40s and 1950s.

By the 1960s variety had become less popular and the theatre converted into a super-cinema, an enormous big screen venue that saw success for most of the ‘60s. Then, in 1968, the Sadler’s Wells Opera Company, now the English National Opera, relocated there and the venue was once again refurbished, adding a new orchestra pit in 1992.

In the early 2000s it was completely refitted again, in readiness for the Royal Variety Performance, held at the Coliseum in 2004 and again in ’06. Supported by National Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, The National Lottery Vernon & Hazel Ellis and many more generous patrons, the end result is quite simply magnificent.

Past shows at the London Coliseum Theatre

Past shows at the London Coliseum include the fast moving tale of torture and murder Tosca, and Strictly Gershwin, a dazzling celebration of George Gershwin’s Hollywood smashes. Simon Boccanegra, a torrid tale of feuding and grief and widely lauded as one of Verdi's finest masterpieces, played there as did Shen Yun, a New York based Performing Arts group who performed ancient Chinese culture-inspired dance.

London Coliseum Theatre access

There are two wheelchair spaces in the Stalls, two in the Dress Circle and four in the Stalls Boxes. There are four transfer seats in the Dress Circle and six in the Balcony. There are two lifts which give access to most of the auditorium and all the venue’s bars and restaurants. Plus an enhanced sound system for the hard of hearing and regular sign language-interpreted performances.

London Coliseum Theatre tickets

We’re a favourite destination for a wide variety of seat types and prices, with excellent availability on the full range of Coliseum Theatre tickets.

St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES GB