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St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Year opened: 1904
Located in St. Martin's Lane, the London Coliseum is one of the biggest family variety theatres in London. It was opened in 1904 and was designed by architect Frank Matcham with the intention of the venue being one of the finest music halls for entertainment. Until 1968, the venue was used for a range of events including film screenings, musical comedies, plays and variety shows. Sadler's Wells Opera Company (now the English National Opera) took over the venue in 1968, and along with the English National Ballet, the venue is used primarily for opera.
Opens Sep 28
The Barber of Seville
Opens Oct 05
Opens Nov 18
Opens Feb 01, 2018
Opens Feb 13, 2018
September 28-December 2, 2017
The English National Opera bring together the combined force of their performers, chorus, and orchestra for Verdi's epic. First performed in Cairo in 1871, Aida has come to be synonymous with grand operas and is still one of the most performed works in the canon. With militaristic flourishes and tender romance, it is one of Verdi's finest scores and when paired with the sorry tale of passion and loyalty, is truly an exceptional theatrical experience from the opera novice to the veteran.
October 5-30, 2017
Rossini shows us all how it's done in this classic production from Jonathan Miller. No season is complete without at least one showing of this fizzling farce full of mischief, scheming, mistaken identity, all set to an uplifting and joyful score that begs recognition from the first bars.
November 18-December 3, 2017
Marnie is the story of a young woman who makes her way through life defrauding employers before moving on with a new identity to start the charade again. This world premiere production from Nico Muhly (Two Boys) draws on the classic novel by Winston Graham and Alfred Hitchcock's tense screenplay to create a new portrait of the troubled Marnie.
February 1-28, 2018
The early life of activist Gandhi is explored in this conceptual opera from 21st-century icon Philip Glass. Replete with his minimalist themes and melodies, Satyagraha is something different from your usual opera, with a soundscape that grips you until the very end. Visually, the production excels with direction from Phelim McDermott whose visionary eye completes this exceptional theatrical experience.
February 13-April 7, 2018
It's the whimsy of Fairyland against the lechery of the House of Lords in this classic Savoy opera from the hilarious 18th-century duo Gilbert and Sullivan. A thinly veiled dig at the politics of the time, fans of Victoriana will love this upbeat satirical fantasy that parodies not only Queen Vic, but her relationship with 'close companion' John Brown, the Tory opposition and the Liberal Prime Minister William Gladstone. Who says the past is a foreign country? In Iolanthe, it's a fairytale Queendom!
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