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St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

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ADDITIONAL INFO

St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Year opened: 1904
Capacity: 2359

  • Concession stands
  • Merchandise booths
  • Disabled access
  • In-house bar
  • Coat check

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.

Upcoming Highlights

  • Aida

    Booking until Dec 02

  • Rodelinda

    Opens Oct 25

  • Marnie

    Opens Nov 18

  • The Nutcracker

    Opens Dec 13

  • Iolanthe

    Opens Feb 13, 2018

Aida

Until 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.

Rodelinda

October 25-November 15, 2017

Darkness and treachery abound in Handel's bitter tale of a wife grieving the exile of her husband. Forced by his usurper to love him, her loyalty and sanity is stretched to breaking point when the exiled king returns in disguise to reclaim his throne. Intense and dramatic, Handel contradicts the action with an exquisitely arresting score.

Marnie

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.

The Nutcracker

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December 13, 2017-January 6, 2018

A tale of adventure and magic, The Nutcracker is one of the Christmas season's must-see shows and who better to perform this cherished classic than the English National Ballet. The production's beautiful dancing, sets and costumes are made even more memorable by the impressive interiors of the London Coliseum.

Iolanthe

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!

October '17

Oct 20-30, 2017

Oct 21-Dec 2, 2017

Until Dec 2, 2017

Until Nov 15, 2017

Until Oct 29, 2017

November '17

Until Nov 15, 2017

Oct 21-Dec 2, 2017

Until Dec 2, 2017

Nov 18-Dec 3, 2017

Nov 22-23, 2017

Until Nov 30, 2017

December '17

Nov 18-Dec 3, 2017

Oct 21-Dec 2, 2017

Until Dec 2, 2017

Dec 13, 2017-Jan 6, 2018

Dec 13, 2017-Jan 6, 2018

Dec 13, 2017-Jan 6, 2018

January '18

Dec 13, 2017-Jan 6, 2018

Dec 13, 2017-Jan 6, 2018

Dec 13, 2017-Jan 6, 2018

February '18

Feb 13-Apr 7, 2018

March '18

Feb 13-Apr 7, 2018

Mar 16-Apr 13, 2018

April '18

Mar 16-Apr 13, 2018

Feb 13-Apr 7, 2018

June '18

Jun 20-30, 2018

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