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London Coliseum

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

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Carmen

London Coliseum

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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’.

  • Booking until: Thursday, 27 February 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes
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Luisa Miller

London Coliseum

Tickets from £11.75

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.

  • Booking from: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
    Booking until: Friday, 6 March 2020
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Rusalka

London Coliseum

Tickets from £11.75

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’.

  • Booking from: Saturday, 28 March 2020
    Booking until: Wednesday, 15 April 2020
  • Running time: 3 hours 5 minutes
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Madam Butterfly

London Coliseum

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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.

  • Booking until: Friday, 17 April 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes
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The Marriage of Figaro

London Coliseum

Tickets from £11.90

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.

  • Booking until: Saturday, 18 April 2020
  • Running time: 3 hours 20 minutes
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Hairspray

London Coliseum

Tickets from £20.75

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 from: Thursday, 23 April 2020
    Booking until: Saturday, 29 August 2020
  • Starring: Michael Ball
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London Musical Theatre Orchestra presents A Christmas Carol

London Coliseum

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A Christmas Carol – Adapted from Dickens' classic. Sonia Friedman Productions presents the brilliant Jim Broadbent as Ebeneezer Scrooge this Xmas, a mean and nasty man whose miserable life is changed forever thanks to a host of spooky spirits who reveal the error of his ways.
  • Booking from: Tuesday, 1 December 2020
    Booking until: Sunday, 6 December 2020
  • Starring: Griff Rhys Jones
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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.