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London Coliseum

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

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The Mongol Khan tickets The Mongol Khan

The Mongol Khan

London Coliseum

4.8/5 - based on 13 reviews - (Read reviews) 4.8 13 reviews Tickets from £20.75
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The Mongol Khan is a lavish, large-scale production, with an ensemble of over 70 performers, that has played to packed houses in Mongolia for over a year. Based on historical events, the show explores the evolution of Mongolian culture through a gripping story, brought to life with a stunning original score, dance, puppetry, and elaborate sets and costumes inspired by traditional nomadic culture.
  • Booking until: Sunday, 3 December 2023
  • Running time: 3 hours (1 interval)
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The Nutcracker - English National Ballet tickets Opens 14 Dec 2023 Opens 14 December 2023 The Nutcracker - English National Ballet

The Nutcracker - English National Ballet

London Coliseum

4.5/5 - based on 70 reviews - (Read reviews) 4.5 70 reviews Tickets from £32.00
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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, 14 December 2023
    Booking until: Sunday, 7 January 2024
  • Running time: 2 hours (incl. interval)
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Giselle - English National Ballet tickets Opens 11 Jan 2024 Opens 11 January 2024 Giselle - English National Ballet

Giselle - English National Ballet

London Coliseum

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Giselle is a haunting story of innocence and betrayal – a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love.

  • Opens: Thursday, 11 January 2024
    Booking until: Sunday, 21 January 2024
  • Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (incl. interval)
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The Handmaid's Tale tickets Opens 1 Feb 2024 Opens 1 February 2024 The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

London Coliseum

2/5 - based on 2 reviews - (Read reviews) 2 2 reviews Tickets from £30.00
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: Thursday, 1 February 2024
    Booking until: Thursday, 15 February 2024
  • Running time: 2h 45m (incl. interval)
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The Barber of Seville tickets Opens 12 Feb 2024 Opens 12 February 2024 The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville

London Coliseum

4/5 - based on 3 reviews - (Read reviews) 4 3 reviews Tickets from £12.00
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Jonathan Miller’s classic production of The Barber of Seville is a feast of frivolous fun.

  • Opens: Monday, 12 February 2024
    Booking until: Thursday, 29 February 2024
  • Running time: 3h 5m (inc. interval)
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Duke Bluebeard's Castle tickets Opens 21 Mar 2024 Opens 21 March 2024 Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Duke Bluebeard's Castle

London Coliseum

Tickets from £12.00

As Judith unlocks room after room in the castle of her new husband, Duke Bluebeard, we follow her deeper and deeper into the recesses of his troubled imagination.

  • Opens: Thursday, 21 March 2024
    Booking until: Saturday, 23 March 2024
  • Running time: 1hr 5mins (no interval)
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Jenufa tickets Opens 13 Mar 2024 Opens 13 March 2024 Jenufa


London Coliseum

Tickets from £12.00

A tale of honour, love and sacrifice, Jenůfa explores the stigma of pregnancy out of wedlock against the backdrop of a small community.

  • Opens: Wednesday, 13 March 2024
    Booking until: Wednesday, 27 March 2024
  • Running time: 2hrs 35mins with one interval
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The Magic Flute tickets Opens 28 Feb 2024 Opens 28 February 2024 The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute

London Coliseum

Tickets from £12.00
A mercurial mix of fairy-tale adventure, knockabout farce, moral allegory and, above all, marvellous music (including the thrilling Queen of the Night Aria), Mozart's The Magic Flute was premiered just ten weeks before the composer's tragically early death. It proved to be the biggest popular success of his short life, as well as arguably the most deeply moving of all his operas.
  • Opens: Wednesday, 28 February 2024
    Booking until: Saturday, 30 March 2024
  • Running time: 2hrs 55min (incl. interval)
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Spirited Away tickets Opens 20 Apr 2024 Opens 20 April 2024 Spirited Away

Spirited Away

London Coliseum

Spirited Away – A wondrous fantasy

Studio Ghibli is a famous Japanese animation studio based in Koganei, Tokyo, a highly respected presence in the international animation industry. Now their classic movie Spirited Away is coming to London's West End for 2024, adapted for the stage and in theatreland for a three month run. This is the European premiere, and the fun takes place at the London Coliseum from April.

  • Opens: Saturday, 20 April 2024
    Booking until: Monday, 22 July 2024
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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
  • Piccadilly
  • Northern
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